USFWS Southwest Region
Region II Friends Conference
"Getting to Know You"
Friday May 14 — Sunday May 16, 2010
South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center
South Padre Island, Texas

Four members of Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges attended this conference: Phil Huxford, Neal McLain, Denis Mudderman, and David Plunkett. The conference included:

South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center
South Padre Island, Texas
Tour of facilities and all Region II Friends Conference proceedings
Presentations
Website Photos
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Rio Hondo, Texas
Tour of refuge aboard an open-air two-car tram Website Photos
Sea Turtle Inc.
South Padre Island, Texas
Tour of facilities and meeting with staff Website Photos



SOUTH PADRE ISLAND BIRDING AND NATURE CENTER

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SPIBNC from front, looking west.

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Ken Garrahan
Chief, Division of Visitor Services
Region 2, USFWS

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Friends Region 2 Conference Opening Session

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Juli Niemann
---------Landscape Architect/Outdoor recreation planner, Region 2, USFWS
Desiree Sorenson-Groves
---------Vice-President of Government Affairs, NWRA
Ken Garrahan
---------Chief, Division of Visitor Services, Region 2, USFWS

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Break time: David Plunkett, Tom Schneider

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Trail Tracker kiosk in SPIBNC lobby

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"Trail Tracker"
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/is/ett/

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SPIBNC from north side, looking south. Note the observation tower.

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Looking west from the tower. Note the Intracoastal Waterway in the distance.

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Looking westnorthwest from the tower. Note the boardwalk in the distance.

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Looking northwest from the tower. Note the boardwalk in the distance beyond the substation. Sewage settling ponds are visible in the foreground.

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Looking north from the tower. Note the boardwalk beyond the water tower.

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Boardwalk construction details

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Boardwalk construction details
(for those of us who are obsessed with such things).

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Looking southeast from the tower, with the City of South Padre Island in the distance. The canal in the foreground connects Sea Turtle Inc. with the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Unintentional mistletoe exhibit near the parking lot

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LAGUNA ATASCOSA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

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Information kiosk. Visitor center at right.

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Exhibit in Visitor Center. Ocelots are seen on the refuge occasionally

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Trail near the Visitor Center

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Boardwalk
(for those of us who are interested in trail construction).

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Concrete Trail
Click here for more infrastructure photos.

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Pavilion for visitor groups

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Chachalaca

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Spotted whiptail

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Pond

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We saw this sign along the trail, but we never saw the animal

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The two-car tram ready to take us on a tour

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Our volunteer hostess addresses the group

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Rear car.

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Tom Schneider, David Plunkett, Phil Huxford, Neal McLain

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David, Phil

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David, Phil

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David

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Opuntia in bloom

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Denis Mudderman

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SEA TURTLE INC.

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Jeffrey A. George, Curator
During our visit, Jeff spoke to us briefly, but he wasn't carrying a turtle.

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Bookstore Manager
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