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ABA Convention: Corpus Christi, Texas

Snowy PloverWhen: April 22-27, 2014
Corpus Christi, Texas
How Much: $1445 (includes lodging, nearly all food)
Single supplement: $400
2-Day pass: $625 (Fri/Sat, more info soon)
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ABA Convention Staff: Jeff Gordon
(ABA president), Tom Johnson (Birding photo quiz editor), Jen Brumfield (Tropical Birding Tours and Leica Birding), Ted Floyd (Birding editor) George Armistead (ABA Events Coordinator), and more (see below).

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Snowy Plover (Photo © Tom Johnson)

Migration is at its best in April along the Gulf Coast and there’s no better spot to take it all in than Corpus Christi. Join ABA members and staff for thrilling field trips in search of migrants and Texas specialties.

Corpus Christi – Planned DAILY SCHEDULE

See below for information on prices, etc.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Photo © Tom Johnson)

Buff-breasted Sandpiper is one of a great array of shorebird species that move through central Texas in April. (Photo © Tom Johnson)

Featured Speakers:

Jen Brumfield is well known as an excellent birder, lecturer, and field trip leader.

Jen Brumfield is well known as an excellent birder, lecturer, and field trip leader.

Jen Brumfield  is the head naturalist for Cleveland Metroparks in Ohio. An expert and captivating lecturer on various facets of birding, Jen is well known in the Great Lakes region and beyond as a great birder, a talented artist, and one of the ABA Area’s most dynamic personalities. She will present talks on Big Year Birding, and also on Project SNOWStorm, detailing the events of the historic 2013-2014 Snowy Owl invasion.

Jeff Kimball

Jeff Kimball


Jeffrey Kimball has made a career in film as a music supervisor/executive on films including A Bronx Tale and Good Will Hunting. In 2012 he debuted a documentary on HBO, Birders: The Central Park Effect, which he wrote, directed and produced. Jeff will air this film and discuss how and why he made this insightful movie about birders.


Clay Taylor & Sharon Stitler  – iPhone Digiscoping

Sharon Stiteler (a.k.a birdchick) runs one of the world's most popular bird blogs

Sharon Stiteler (a.k.a birdchick) runs one of the world’s most popular bird blogs

Clay Taylor is Naturalist Market Manager for Swarovski Optik

Clay Taylor is Naturalist Market Manager for Swarovski Optik

Taking pictures and video with a smartphone is easy and often shockingly rewarding. These two Swarovski representives will share some of their amazing photos and video, and discuss apps for editing and sharing them on social media. They will will also have several adapters for people to try out with their phones/cameras in the field.

Long-billed Curlew (Photo © G. Armistead)

Long-billed Curlews will be part of the migration frenzy. (Photo © G. Armistead)

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White-tailed Hawk
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Hooded Warbler is a common migrant through the Gulf Coast of Texas in April.
(Photo © Tom Johnson)










The 2014 ABA Convention in Corpus Christi, Texas will be based at:

The Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
900 North Shoreline Blvd.
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
Phone: (361) 887-1600

Your registration fee includes:
(Day passes, available Jan. 20, are different. Day pass does not include lodging, etc.)

  • lodging for the nights of April 22 through April 26 (check-out 27th, includes breakfast on 27th)
  • guiding, transportation, fuel, and entry fees during field trips
  • access to all convention activities (including keynote speakers, seminars & exhibits)
  • all meals from dinner on April 22 thru to breakfast on April 27 (except dinner on April 25)
  • Omni Hotel operates a complimentary airport shuttle

Excluded from the registration fee are:

  • travel to/from Corpus Christi and associated costs
  • tipping of shuttle drivers, maid service, etc.
  • travel/trip cancellation insurance (recommended)
  • drinks with alcohol

The single supplement is $400. If you would like help finding a roommate, please indicate that on your registration form, and we will try to help find you someone to share a room with.

Cancellation policy: Full refund, less $150.00 per person administration fee, until March 1st, 2014. No refunds after March 1st, 2014

Extra Nights at the Omni: If you are interested in booking extra nights at the Omni Hotel, outside of the convention dates, please inquire with the ABA office to secure rates/reservations.