2012-06-14 / Island Life

Port Aransas among America’s ‘birdiest’

Port Aransas has been named the 2012 ‘America’s Birdiest City’ in the Small Coastal City division for the third year in a row.

During the peak of migration from April 28 through April 30, Port Aransas birders counted 142 different species of birds during the 72-hour window for the competition.

Nueces County was named the Birdiest Coastal County and Corpus Christi was named the Birdiest city in the Largest Coastal City division.

“Boasting top awards with both the smallest and largest cities in the No. 1 county is a huge honor and one that will draw attention to all birding enthusiasts nationally and internationally,” said Ann Bracher Vaughan, president and CEO of the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce.

“We have a dedicated group of birders, including a team from our local middle school, who go all out to help Port Aransas win the title. We have great habitat for both wintering and migrating birds which makes a huge difference in our ability to claim this title,” said Joan Holt, coordinator of the count and one of Port Aransas’ expert birders.

She is one of the namesakes for the Joan and Scott Holt Paradise Pond Birding Center, located in the 400 block of North Cut-off Road.

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