Joan and Scott Holt Paradise Pond





Dedicated in 2002, the Joan and Scott Holt Paradise Pond is a 2-acre habitat that provides an excellent example of public/private collaboration. A group of birders who won the Great Texas Birding Classic designated the prize money for the purchase of land located behind a local motel. Several donations of land, additional grants and other funding sources helped to complete the project that birders from across the country now enjoy.

Paradise Pond is a stop on the spring migratory route for smaller warblers and other songbirds, while many feathered friends call the pond home all year long. The wheelchair accessible boardwalk and 3 observation decks provide easy access to get "up close and personal" with the birds under a mantle of trees.

There is a sitting area at the entrance for watching butterflies, dragonflies and birds, along with information about the flowers and the butterflies that the flowers attract.

Private donations of land, foundation funds and teamwork helped make Paradise Pond part of the Birding Trail of Texas. Visitors flock from across the country for a sitting here.

In 2006 Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine rated the Port Aransas birding boardwalks #1 in Texas.

TPWD Magazine article

Link to an updated birding checklist, courtesy of Dr. Joan and Scott Holt.


Port Aransas Birding Checklist

Birder?s Paradise ? June 21, July 19 & Aug. 16, at 9am at the Joan & Scott Holt Paradise Pond. FREE! Gather with other bird enthusiasts from the area to talk about the latest news and sightings in the birding world.

VOLUNTEER - The Nature Preserves of Port Aransas would like help from volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include: Docents, Field Technicians and Gardeners. Volunteers are needed to help with group field trips, lead nature programs and remove invasive species.
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