REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for the 8th Annual MBBFApril 12, 13, and 14, 2024

The M.A.R.S.H. Project presents

8th Annual

Connecting people birds and nature

FRIDAY, APRIL 2

Bird Tours**
Starting at 6:00 am
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Keynote Dinner**
5:40 to 8:15 pm $70/person
Guest chef L.J. Hayes
Regional Area Chef

Keynote Speaker
The International Crane Foundation
Director of the Gulf Coast Programs
Dr. Carter Crouch
“Gulf Coast Whooping Cranes- A Conservation Story That Is Still Being Written”
Palacios Educational Pavilion
693 South Bay Blvd., Palacios, TX
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SATURDAY, APRIL 13

Bird Tours**
Starting at 6:00 am
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Palacios Parade of Birds*
10:30 - 11:30 am

Procession begins on 6th and Main (Railroad Park),
featuring Palacios' historic center

• Parade lineup begins at 9:30 - Railroad Park.
Calling all entries to be at lineup on time
Emcee and judges table at 4th and Main
NEW EVENT
 TAMU Press & MARSH Project
present
Matagorda Magic*
BOOK SIGNING
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

City by the Sea Museum
4th & Commerce
Raptor Display*
1:00 - 2:30 pm

Railroad Park
(6th and Main St.)
Speaker Sessions*
1:00 pm to 5:30 pm

PMAR
101 Marine Center Dr.,
Palacios, TX
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M.A.R.S.H. Project Inaugural Artists in Residence
Author Kimberly Ridley presents
Youth Art Contest Awards & Celebration*
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Winners announced & celebrated featuring the Osprey at
TBE Thibodeaux Conference Center at 211 E. Bay Blvd., Palacios, TX
(Corner of E. Bay Blvd & E. Main St.)

SUNDAY, APRIL 14

Bird Tours**
Starting at 6:00 am
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BIRD TOURS

REGISTER HEREFor tour descriptions, click here

Friday, April 12

A True Gem - The Powderhorn Ranch Wildlife Management Area (WMA)
6:00 AM - 3:00 PM*

How Birds are Made in the Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes – TNC Mad Island Marsh Preserve and nearby wetlands
6:15 AM - 3:00 PM*

Over the River and through the Woods to...Prairies, Beaches and Turf Farms - Matagorda County Hot Spots
6:15 AM - 3:30 PM*

MBF Dog Island Preserve
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM**

Just Peachy - JBH Burr Ranch
6:15 AM - 3:00 PM*

Saturday, April 13

Oyster Lake
6:15 AM - 10:00 AM*

Around Town - Palacios Hot Spots
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM*

Shorebird Haven at the Harrison Ranch
6:15 AM - 10:00 AM*

Colorado River Roaming at the Birding Nature Center and LeTulle Park
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM*

Sunday, April 14

MBF Dog Island Preserve
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM**

Second Chance at A True Gem - The Powderhorn Ranch WMA
6:00 AM - 3:00 PM*

Carancahua Bay Environs and Formosa Tejano Wetlands
6:15 AM - 3:00 PM*

Otra vez! - Over the River and through the Woods to...Prairies, Beaches and Turf Farms - Matagorda County Hot Spots
6:15 AM - 3:30 PM*

Going Mad for Birds at The Nature Conservancy Mad Island Marsh Preserve
6:15 AM - 3:00 PM*

SPEAKER SESSIONS

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 - 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm
PMAR - 101 Marine Center Dr., Palacios, TX

Session 1
1:30 to 2:10 pm

Director of Coastal Bird Program, C.B.B.E.P.
Dr. David Newstead
“TBD”
Room A

M.A.R.S.H. Project Inaugural Artist-in-Residence
Kimberly Ridley
Author, Matagorda Magic: The Hidden Life of a Texas Bay
“Sparking Wonder—And Why Our Future Depends on It”
Room B

Field Specialist, PMAR Texas
Jay Tarkington
“Update on Oysters as Building Blocks of the Coast”
Room C

Session 2
2:30 to 3:10 pm

The International Crane Foundation
Director of the Gulf Coast Programs
Dr. Carter Crouch
“Whooping with the Best of Them”
Room A

Science Writer & Children’s Book Author
Kimberly Ridley
Author: Matagorda Magic: The Hidden Life of a Texas Bay
With Special Guest
Susan Heath
PhD, Research Associate, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
“Art and Science: Sharing the Magic of Mat Bay Through the Lives of Birds”
Room B

Migratory Shorebird Habitat Specialist
Dr. Jason Loghry
“Shorebirds 101: A Brief Look at Shorebirds of the Coastal Bend”
Room C

Session 3
3:30 to 4:10 pm

Whooping Crane Outreach Biologist, I.C.F. Tx
Paityn Bower
“International Crane Foundation’s Gulf Coast Programs”
Room A

Research Associate for Texas A&M, Kingsville
Dr. Tara Rodkey
“A Great Grassland Migration: The Journey of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper Across the Americas.”
Room B

Audubon Texas Coastal Program Mgr.
Alexis Balderas
“100 Years Audubon Texas”
Room C

TPWD Mat Bay Ecosystem Leader
Leslie Hartman
“Ecology of Matagorda Bay”
Room D

New 2024 Moderated Panel

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
PMAR - 101 Marine Center Dr., Palacios, TX

“It’s a Wrap! Matbay News 2024”
Six Speaker Q&A Moderated by Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Coastal Program, TX
Woody Woodrow
Director of Mat Bay FDN
Bill Balboa

Field Specialist, PMAR Texas
Dr. Jay Tarkington

Master Naturalist, G.C.B.O. B.O.D.
and Tour Leader MB Birdfest
Bob Freidrichs
Director of Audubon Texas
Alexis Balderas

TPWD Mat Bay Ecosystem Leader
Leslie Hartman

Special Guest
TBD
*Free Attendance and Programs 
** Online Registration Required.
 East Side Elementary Annex
901 2nd Street, Palacios, Texas 77465
(Corner of 2nd Street & Moore Ave)
For a complete map of the Events
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Contact: lauriebeck@becktv.com
Schedule Subject to Change
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