What are your Pathways in Rockport, Fulton and Aransas County?


Cape Velero

Common Winter Species – Assortment of Ducks, including huge numbers of Northern Pintails, both species of Dowitchers, Sandhill Crane, Northern Harrier, Osprey Resident Species – Roseate Spoonbill, Great Egret, Tricolored Heron, Great Blue Heron, Clapper Rail. Cape Velero Follow FM 1069 to a sign marking the Cape Velero subdivision. Turn onto Cape Velero Drive. Follow this road to the marshes of Port Bay. This is a windy road with marshes on both sides of the road. This is a private area. Do not walk or park on any area except the road. Best in winter  

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Ivy Lane

The Ivy Lane site is located at the end of Ivy Lane, off of Griffith Drive. There are benches, a hard packed trail, a primitive trail, and water drips on the site. This 28 acre woodland was preserved by the city of Rockport as their water field. The Coastal Live Oak forest is special because of the native shrubs and plants that make up the understory. The understory plant community, together with the Live Oaks, is called an oak motte. Some of the common plants are Red Bay, Yaupon Holly, Wax Myrtle, Beauty Berry, and Turk’s Cap. Oak mottes are a valuable

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Shell Ridge Road

Resident species – Black-necked Stilt, Willet, Mottled Duck, Reddish Egret, Black Skimmers, Reddish Egret Spring and Summer Species – Least Tern nest in the fenced area near the road Winter species –  Lesser Scaup, large rafts of Redhead, Eared Grebe Shell Ridge Road Proceed south on Church Street past the Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary. Shell Ridge Rd is on the left at the bend in the road. This is private property on both sides of the road. Please stay on the road in your car.  

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Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary

Spring Species – Good migrant trap in the spring. Assortment of Warblers, Vireos, Orioles, and Flycatchers Fall and Winter Species – Migrating Fall Warblers, Hermit Thrush, Blue-headed Vireo. Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary The sanctuary is located at the corner of South Church Street and East First Street. There is parking along E. First Street. The site has 6.25 acres with an observation platform. This sanctuary is a mixture of oak motte and native grasses. This is the original location of the famed Rockport Cottages, operated by Connie and Jack Hagar. Mrs. Hagar moved to Rockport in 1935 and devoted her

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Moore's Pond

Species – Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Neotropical Cormorant, Anhinga, Osprey, Pied-billed Grebe, White-tailed Hawk, occasionally Fulvous Whistling-Duck, and Great Kiskadee Moore’s Pond From FM 1069, turn onto FM 1781. Moore’s Pond is .3 on the left. Moore’s Pond This is a busy road. Be watchful of cars. Good Birding if the pond contains water Moore’s Pond From FM 1069, turn onto FM 1781. Moore’s Pond is .3 on the left. Moore’s Pond This is a busy road. Be watchful of cars. Good Birding if the pond contains water.      

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Rockport Harbor

Winter Species – Common Loon, Redhead, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser Aransas Pathways Site Picture Rockport Harbor Directions – Rockport Harbor is in downtown Rockport south of the beach park. This is a deep water harbor. The best birding is in winter. Occasionally, Pacific Loons have been found here.  

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Printed Map of Sites

A printed 'take it with you' map of the Aransas Pathways project sites is available for your use now. The Birding and Kayak sites are over-laid on a map of the full Live Oak and Blackjack peninsulas with a legend. The inside of this folded map are aerial shots of the area with the Bike trails marked with their Ease of Use level. Expanded views of Downtown Rockport and Downtown Fulton with a legend of Historical sites is also included. Plan your custom tours with this valuable map.

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