Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center
Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center


Located at the south end of Ross Avenue behind the Trolley Stop Map Link
Overlooks the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.

A raised boardwalk that is wheelchair accessible extends out into the cattails for a close-up encounter with Mother Nature. An observation tower halfway down the boardwalk permits a panoramic view of the pond and the surrounding flats. A free viewing scope is mounted on the tower and a free ADA-compliant scope is available at another viewing box along the boardwalk.

Weekly guided birding tours are offered free of charge on Wednesdays at 9:00 am and the species of birds visible in this large open area depend on the season (migrations, you know!).

Our resident alligators, Boots and Bags, can occasionally be seen sunning themselves on the water's edge or gliding gracefully through the water in search of another resting spot.

The walk along the Birding Center flower beds is one to remember. The beds are filled with plants that attract hummingbirds and butterflies, cacti, tropical and native plants.
Link to a recent Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine article about Port Aransas birding boardwalks.

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

Port Aransas Birding Checklist
Birding on the Boardwalk
FREE guided birding tour for anyone, novice to expert. It is held year 'round every Wednesday at 9am at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center at end of Ross Ave, with local guide Nan Dietert. Center includes wheelchair accessible raised boardwalk & observation tower with free viewing scope.
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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710 W. Avenue A, Port Aransas, Tx 78373
Tel: 361.749.4111
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