Sunday, Feb. 27: Nature Preserve Walking Tour featuring Scott Holt & Dr. Joan Holt
Sunday, Feb. 27: Nature Preserve Walking Tour featuring Scott Holt & Dr. Joan Holt
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Sunday, Feb. 27: Nature Preserve Walking Tour featuring Scott Holt & Dr. Joan Holt

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Meet at the Community Park in Port Aransas for a guided birding tour along the trails and to Charlie's Nature Preserve to learn about birding and nature on this coastal barrier island in the Texas Gulf with expert birders and Port Aransans Dr. Joan and Scott Holt.

A Marine Biologist at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute for more than 35 years, Joan retired in 2013 as a Professor Emerita of Marine Science. She Grew up in Fort Worth in a large family and attended the University of Texas at Arlington receiving both a Bachelor of Science and later a Master of Science Degree. She received her Ph.D. in Fisheries from Texas A&M University, where she met husband Scott. Her research at UTMSI concentrated on marine fish, especially the early life stages that are so very sensitive to changes in their environment. She also developed a love for birds and traveled the world with Scott, enjoying birding. They worked with the City of Port Aransas to develop the Leonabell Turnbull Birding Center, to acquire and create the Joan and Scott Holt Paradise Pond, and to compile a checklist of birds for Port Aransas and Mustang Island. Since retirement Joan has served on the Port Aransas City council for over 5 years emphasizing stormwater runoff and wetland protection and is a Board member of Keep Port Aransas Beautiful. She is also a consummate gardener and loves to cook.

Born and raised in Texas, Scott Holt retired from a 35 year career as a Research Scientist at the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute here in Port Aransas. Scott received his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Texas A&M University before coming to work for MSI. His research centered on fish ecology and specifically the early life stages of fishes. His emphasis on ecological processes led him to investigations of terrestrial as well as marine impacts on his young fish subjects and into areas of physical, atmospheric, and acoustic influences as well. He and Joan, his wife of 43 years and also a fisheries biologist, have traveled extensively over their lifetime together, both for work and for pleasure. With both having extensive training and research experience in ecology, they find it a natural process to observe and absorb the biological interactions of the animals, plants, and human cultures of the places they visit. Scott is also an avid photographer and experienced birder.

This tour begins and ends at Port Aransas Community Park, Clark Parkway, Port Aransas, TX 78373. Please meet at WCF Nature Preserve Bird Walk sign. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to tour beginning. This is a rain or shine tour.