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Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

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Address: 710 W Avenue a, Port Aransas, TX 78373
Phone Number: +1 361-749-4111
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Don't let the small size fool you

If you are a photographer, birder, or nature lover then this little honey hole is worth the trip from Corpus Christi. First of all - take the car ferry over if you've never been... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you are a photographer, birder, or nature lover then this little honey hole is worth the trip from Corpus Christi. First of all - take the car ferry over if you've never been on one before. Second - go to the birding center & watch nature happen before your eyes. They even have bird spotting signs for idiots like... More 

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Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

If you can get past the area that smells from the sewage facility, this is a terrific place to bird. It has a nice Boardwalk to get you close to a shallow area where birds gather. We were lucky to see close to a hundred spoonbills the day we were there. Also snipe, cinnamon teal and a sora.

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Oxford, Mississippi
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

My family visits here every year on our annual coastal fishing trip. It's a great way to see the birds and we have been very fortunate to spot one of the resident alligators! This is a really relaxing place to see the wildlife and it feels extremely safe.

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waco, texas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

This is a most excellent spot for birders or non-birders. There are so many species here that your checklist will fill quickly. They even have ID signs posted along the boardwalk for visitors to ID common resident birds. Don't miss the HUGE resident alligator or the nutria that also inhabit the marsh. There is no restroom at the center but... More 

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McAllen, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

It's an easy walk out on the boardwalk with some overlook areas and a tower for viewing. Saw a nice mix of species. Roseate Spoonbills were a real treat.

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San Antonio, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

walkways and overlooks, wilson snipes, roseate spoonbills, variety of ducks, tons more. A recently completed eagle scout project has signs up with photos of the birds. Very helpful. Great for families and "young birders" Good job!

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San Jose, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
14 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We are birders and this is one of the best of places to go on the island. The sewage treatment plant adjacent to the marsh puts its (already purified) outflow into the marsh to create a unique feature - a fresh water marsh. We're discriminating birders, and this site had most of the waterfowl which occurs on the island. A... More 

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Dana, Indiana
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Nice island setting. Easy to find and no long walks necessary. Native birds identified. Friendly setting.

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Ha Long
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Many different sights available: plants with identifying markers, alligators, nutria, turtles, butterflies and BIRDS everywhere! Birds we spotted included rosette spoonbills, egrets, many varieties of ducks, ibis and many more. A great place for the whole family!

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Mendota Heights, Minnesota
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

A beautiful place to spend time walking along a wooden boardwalk to view a large variety of water fowl. There is no fee to walk into the wetland area along boardwalk and watch coots, gulls, teals, pelicans, rosette spoonbills, ibises, great blue heron, and two alligators. There are many more varieties, but I don't know all of the birds we... More 

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