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“Great for Birding” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Laguna Madre Nature Trail

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Owner description: This 1,500-foot boardwalk crosses four acres of marshland, where bird watchers can spot many coastal and migratory birds and numerous others tempted by the berries on the fiddlewood bushes along the trail
Topeka, Kansas
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244 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Great for Birding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2012

Its free, next to the Convention Center. Park your car near the Whaling Wall.

Visited February 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Birding Aviary for Casual & Avid Birders Alike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2012

If you are looking for the greatest number of birds encountered for each step taken you have to take this raised boardwalk trail outside the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center just south of the SPI Convention Center. Binoculars are essential and scopes are useful.

For general outdoor recreation or casual birding, you can walk this in 30 - 45 minutes. Loaded with cameras, scopes and binoculars and bird books it took us almost 4 hours and included 45 minutes off the board walk in the back of the convention center studying shorebirds. I won't list all of the species that can be seen, but I added at least five new birds to my life list and got great new and close up views at a lot of familiar as well as rarely seen species. Check the http://www.spibirding.com/ website for times when bird walks are scheduled for additional support

The adjacent Birding and Nature Center includes a wonderful exhibit on the second floor that provides perspective on the geography and environmental history and is not to be missed. The 12 minute video shown periodically (when people show up) is a useful prelude to all your activities here as well.

Visited February 2012
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2 Thank Flatlanders
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Skowhegan, Maine
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Opportunity to see perching birds.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2012

The Laguna Madre Nature Trail is like an extension of the World Birding Center, but with the additional feature of a bird watching garden. It has been developed around the Convention Center where memorial trees, plantings, water feature and benches have been donated. Migrant warblers, other perching birds and butterflies frequent this shaded area which backs up to the marsh and fields between the Center and the shore. A boardwalk leads onto the marsh and down to a bird blind at water's edge. Having White Ibis land on the railing in front of us was a real treat! Park on the driveway circle at any time. Open to the public and restrooms are open on the side of the building.

Visited January 2012
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2 Thank Marianne T
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Toronto, Canada
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162 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Sea and shore birds galore”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2012

Walked the nature trail on a sunny afternoon and enjoyed good views of many birds including pelican, herons, gulls and various shore birds.

Visited January 2012
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2 Thank scuba312
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South Padre Island, Texas
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89 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Fun place to bike, birdwatch or hike”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2012

Bring a picnic lunch for extra treat of feeding birds while you eat.

Visited January 2012
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Thank Birdbet
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