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4/22/2009
When: 04/22/2009
Where: San Angelo/Christoval/Eldorado, Texas 
Contact: Jennifer Roush


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WEDNESDAY, April 22nd
8:15 am - 3:30 pm

Nature Tourism Seminar and Tours - Includes Lunch ($50/person)

8:00 am - 8:15 am
Motor coach picks up attendees at the Staybridge Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites located at Knickerbocker Street in San Angelo, Texas.  All attendees must ride the bus. Space is limited!

8:15 am - 8:45 am
Motor coach travels to Hummer House

8:50 am - 10:10 am
Lecture on humming birds and demonstration of banding birds at Hummer House
Dan and Cathy Brown’s ranch located 18 miles south of San Angelo, Texas, is a familiar retreat for hundreds of people and thousands of hummingbirds.  The abundance of aphids, spiders and gnats along the South Concho River, combined with an endless supply of sugar water, bring thousands of Black-Chinned hummingbirds a year to the Brown Ranch.  The population of hummingbirds is so dense every spring that Texas Parks and Wildlife have recognized the Brown Ranch as the largest breeding and nesting site of Black-Chinned hummingbirds in Texas.

10:20 am - 11:00 am
Travel to X Bar Ranch

11:05 am - 12:05 pm
Overview and Hiking Tour of X Bar Ranch
The X Bar Ranch encompasses 7,100 privately owned acres of diverse terrain with about 16 miles of hand-made well-marked nature trails winding through the hills and divides of the ranch.  You will also hear how the X Bar Ranch concept came about and go on a hiking tour where you may see resident & migratory birds, butterflies, deer, turkey, roadrunners, rabbits, armadillos, livestock, as well as all sorts of native cacti, grasses, wildflowers, shrubs and trees.  Because of the ongoing conservation programs, the X Bar Ranch has won conservation awards and recognition.

12:05 pm - 12:40 pm
Lunch at X Bar Ranch

12:50 pm - 1:55 pm           
Travel to San Angelo Visitor Center

1:55 pm - 2:35 pm
Break and Lecture on the Concho Pearl
Legend Jewelers in San Angelo, Texas is “Home of the Concho Pearl!"  You will learn how Concho Pearls are found in natural freshwater and created into beautiful, fancy colored Texas pearls.

2:35 pm - 2:45 pm               
Travel to International Water Lily Garden

2:45 pm - 3:25 pm
Lecture and Tour of the International Water Lily Garden
The International Water Lily Garden is located in the Civic League Park (West Beauregard and Park streets). The collection now includes a wide variety of rare water lilies, flowers that Ken Landon has created from hybrids, and even night-blooming varieties which are showcased with lights. Day and night-blooming varieties draw at least 8,000 visitors from mid-May through mid-October.

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Motor coach returns attendees to the Fairmont Inn & Suites and Staybridge Suites

For questions, please contact Jennifer Roush, Director of Events, at jenniferr@ttia.org or 512-328-8842.

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