Seven Ponds Nature Center

A Nature Sanctuary and Environmental Education Center

Field Tours
Seven Ponds Nature Center’s natural history field tours are an excellent way to visit nature related destinations around the state, the country, or even the world. The tours feature experienced naturalist leaders and participants interested in learning about and enjoying the out-of-doors. Seven Ponds is pleased to offer the following field tours for 2017. To receive an itinerary for any of these tours, contact the center at 810-796-3200.


A mid-winter escape to a birding mecca – what
could be better?

January 18-25, 2018

A birding tour organized by Seven Ponds Nature Center
THE VALLEY. Two words that conjure classic images in birders’ minds: Green Jay, Plain Chachalaca, Great Kiskadee, Clay-colored Thrush, Green Kingfisher, Long-billed Thrasher, Olive Sparrow, Altamira Oriole… the list goes on and on. The Lower Rio Grande Valley is where east meets west, were north meets south, where Mexican species regularly show up on U.S. soil. A place, as author Pete Dunne notes in his book The Feather Quest, “Where check marks grow on trees!”

Join us for a mid-winter trip to this special place, which regularly shows up on top ten of lists of U.S. birding destinations. The wide variety of habitats in the Lower Rio Grande Valley – including desert scrub, riparian woodlands, tropical forest, coastal shoreline and estuaries, and others – attracts one of the greatest diversities of birds in North America: over 520 species have been documented in the Valley. We will visit such hotspots as Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Falcon Dam, South Padre Island, Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Quinta Mazatlan, Laguna Atascosa NWR, Santa Ana NWR, and others. These hotspots will give us access a wide variety of habitats, and put us in contact with upwards of 300 species of birds in January. Our tour will be led by south Texas birding guide Mary Gustafson, Seven Ponds Nature Center Executive Director Daryl Bernard, and Seven Ponds Naturalist Nancy Kautz.
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To register for this tour, please call SEVEN PONDS NATURE CENTER at (810) 796-3200.

For more information, contact Daryl Bernard at (810) 796-3200 or (989) 513-5195 (cell) or via e-mail at