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How to Explore the Birdiest City in America

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by Visit Corpus Christi Texas

Did you know that Corpus Christi is considered to be the birdiest city in America?

Spend weekend away seeing all of the incredible birds in the Coastal Bend! We have a variety of options to choose from – including birding, birdwatching, aquarium exhibits and more!

Go to the Birdiest Festival in America

South Texas Botanical Gardens

After being named “America’s Birdiest City” for a decade, Corpus Christi is home to the perfect festival to celebrate BIRDS! Corpus Christi's “The Birdiest Festival in America” will be held April 24-28, 2018 at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center! Birders from as far away as the West Coast and Florida are registering for the fantastic festival to be held at a key Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail Site. If you love birds, nature and the outdoors, this is the festival for you! 

Location: South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, Corpus Christi, TX

Birdwatching at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Aransas Wildlife Refuge

The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect place to spend National Bird Day. It features the largest flock of whooping cranes in North America. Take an auto tour, walk the trails or chat with some bird experts at the Visitor Center. There’s an observation tower where you can get your own birds-eye view!

Location: 1 Wildlife Circle, Austwell TX 77950

Bird Exhibits at the Texas State Aquarium

Birdiest Festival

There are several different bird options to choose from during a visit to the Texas State Aquarium. Say hello to Bonnie and Grace – two full-grown Eagles – at the Eagle Pass exhibit, which features a habitat modeled after the West Texas Canyon. The Jungle exhibit is home to a variety of vibrant bird species you would only find in the rainforests of the Carribean! There are even Flamingos! Do you know what a Shorebird is? Come and find out at the Nearshore Exhibit that portrays life on the Coastal Bend shoreline.

Location: 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi TX

Spend A Day at the Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge

The Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge is home to a variety of birds along the Oso Bay that you, your friends and family can take in on Jan. 5th! Walk the one-mile trail and 800-foot boardwalk to find amazing views of the bay, green grassy marshes, woodlands and more! You’ll see the birds in their natural habitat.

Location: Ennis Johnson at the Nile, Corpus Christi TX 78412

Aid in Conservation Efforts at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

The Leonabelle Turnball Birding Center is home to the Port Aransas Nature Preserve, where conservation efforts are in the works after Hurricane Harvey destroyed our birds’ natural habitat. You have the opportunity to play a part in the recovery process and promote positive change in the future! The Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center’s recovery plan includes removing debris, replanting native trees and pollinator plants, replanting pollinator gardens and restoring public access to the boardwalk and observation tower – both of which were destroyed. You can donate to the cause on the National Preserve’s official website.

Pick up a birding guide at the Visitor Information Center

Birding for the non birder

The Corpus Christi Visitor Information Center, located in the historic Heritage Park, has all kinds of essentials for birders (and even the non-birders too!). Stop in for your birding guide to go birding in America's Birdiest City.


On National Bird Day, we hope you have an awesome time celebrating all of the amazing qualities birds in our area have to offer. Tweet tweet!


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