Aransas Pathways Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary Dedication | “Find Your Adventure…” | May 26, 10am | WWN Rockport, Texas | Your Community Newsletter WWN Rockport, Texas | Your Community Newsletter: Aransas Pathways Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary Dedication | “Find Your Adventure…” | May 26, 10am

0 Aransas Pathways Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary Dedication | “Find Your Adventure…” | May 26, 10am

Aransas Pathways will hold a dedication ceremony for the Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10am. The Sanctuary is located on the corner of South Church St. and East First St. in Rockport. The event is open to the public.

Nature lovers will delight in the restored Sanctuary that invites you to come and stay awhile. Trails throughout the Sanctuary are ready for visitors and signs illustrating plants and birds will make identification easy. New interpretive signage includes Raptors, Butterflies, Host Plants for Butterflies, Woodland Birds, Wetland Birds, the Historic Rockport Cottages, Connie Hagar, Tree Species, and Understory Plants.

The story of Connie Hagar and her contributions as a “citizen scientist” will be told in interpretive signs at a soon to be completed pavilion at the Sanctuary. In 1967, the Texas state legislature, recognizing Mrs. Hagar as one of the “finest ornithologists in the country,” named Little Bay in Rockport, Texas, The Connie Hagar Wildlife Sanctuary. In 1990, a historical marker honoring her was placed near Little Bay, one of her observation sites. In 1995, the Friends of Connie Hagar raised the funds to purchase the property at Church and First streets and establish this Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary. This property was important because of its historical significance, fine habitat for birds and promotion of the advocacy for nature begun by Mrs. Hagar many decades earlier. In 1996, the Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary became the first stop on the central coast section of the Great Texas Birding Trail. Roger Tory Peterson came to Rockport to dedicate the signage honoring his fellow birder.

Financial support for the restoration of the Sanctuary has come from Aransas Pathways, the Margaret Sue Rust Foundation, the Ed Rachal Foundation, Castaways Thrift Shop, Memorials for Nan Jackson, and the Aransas Bird and Nature Club, and in-kind contributions of the Friends of Connie Hagar, Master Gardeners-San Patricio & Aransas County, and Mid-Coast Texas Master Naturalists.

During the dedication, special recognition will be given to the financial contributors, as well as early supporters of the Sanctuary, and other groups who have helped pave the way in the restoration process.

On Saturday May 27, 9am – 11am, there will be a special event for those who want to learn more about the Sanctuary, “Coffee with Connie” will begin with coffee at the Sanctuary along with nature walks, art demonstration by Rockport and Corpus Christi artists and the history of Connie Hagar. The public is invited to this free event at the Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary.

Aransas Pathways projects include: Birding; History; Kayaking; Hiking and Biking Trails.

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