Everything You Need to Know When Planning Your Texas Bird-Watching Trip
What languages do people speak?
Is a checklist of Texas Birds available?
Annotated checklists for the Lower Rio Grande Valley Birds, Butterflies, Odonates, Herps, and Mammals are available from firstname.lastname@example.org There are fold-out laminated cards available to help with identifying birds, butterflies, herps, tracks, flowers and other natural history from bookstores and also available by mail from Alamo Inn B&B, Gear & Tours at email@example.com.
What is there to do for non-birders?
Is public transportation available?
Are guides and tours available?
What hotels and accommodations are available?
What is food availability?
What are the services and hours at birding hotspots?
Are insect pests an issue?
What is my risk of sunburn?
What shoes should I wear?
What equipment should I bring?
Are identification guides available?
What is the availability of mobile telephone service, wireless internet, and mapping?
WIRELESS INTERNET: Most hotels offer free wireless internet, but sometimes with a weak and slow connection. MacDonalds and some other restaurants offer free internet.
MAPPING: Maps on smartphones are good when there is service. It is advisable to print or save on the device maps of remote areas ahead of time (as without reliable wireless internet and without reliable telephone service maps may not be available for remote areas). Satellite navigation devices work virtually everywhere and are reliable. It is usually less costly to purchase a satnav device rather than rent it for an extended period. Most birding hot spots have printed trail maps available and there are some books published with trail maps (such as ABA Birder Guides, Dave Gosney guides).