Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Introduction


In May of 2009, 2010, and 2011, the Cradle of Texas Chapter sponsored field trips to the Matagorda Island Unit of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Complex.   These trips were organized by COT Members Steve and Clyde Zilliox.   Twenty or so COT members and a few invited guests participated in each trip.   Dr. Wayne McAlister and his wife Martha served as guides.   The McAlisters had lived on Matagorda Island for several years during the 1980s and 90s as representatives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.   They have authored several books about the Island.

Each trip began with a boat trip across Aransas, Carlos, and Mesquite Bays from the dock in Fulton to the Island.   Our captain was Tommy Moore, owner of Rockport Birding & Kayak Adventures, a company that provides "a truly unique nature tourism experience."   According to his website:

Capt. Tommy has been in the Aransas area for over 30 years.   His knowledge of the area, the incredibly abundant wildlife, and the rich history of Aransas bay give our customers a perspective of the area they cannot get anywhere else.   We are a classic family business and care about our customers.

In 2010, we were escorted by Tanya Nix, a staff member from the Aransas Pass National Wildlife Refuge.   Tanya taxied us around the island in a passenger trailer towed by a USFWS vehicle.   In 2011, Dr. McAlister taxied us.

Credits:

  • Photos the following pages were taken by Ed Hunter, Tom Morris, Phil Huxford, Jeanne Manry, and Neal McLain.
  • The video of the 2011 trip was compiled by Steve Zilliox.
  • The Species Lists were compiled by Tom Morris (2010) and Ed Hunter (2011).

Thanks to Steve, Ed, Tom, Phil, and Jeanne for their contributions.   And a special thanks to Steve for the video of the 2011 trip.

Neal McLain


Interactive Map
Blue balloons indicate docks


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Photos 2011

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  Archie Pratt, Archie's wife, Jeanne Manry, Donna Graham, Elaine Crews

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Ed Johnson 

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Elaine Crews
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Don McCreight 

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Kathleen Murray 

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  Bob Long, Bette Long

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Gerald Forrest  

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Steve Zilliox 


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Archie Pratt, Don VanDragt 

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Archie Pratt, Don VanDragt  

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Matagorda Island Dock 

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Captain Tommy Moore 

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Bob Long, Bette Long 

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Justina Dent 

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Kathleen Murray, Bette Long 

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Kathleen Murray, Wayne McAlister, Bette Long 

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  Wayne McAlister

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Bette Long, Elaine Crews, Gerald Forrest, Donna Graham 

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Ed Hunter 

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  Ed Johnson

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  Wayne McAlister

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  Kathleen Murray, Elaine Crews

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Kathleen Murray 

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Steve Zilliox, Phil Huxford 

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Ed Hunter, Lyn Hunter 

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  Wayne McAlister

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Wayne McAlister, Justina Dent 

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Phil Huxford 

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