New and improved boardwalk and observation tower.
In 2017, Hurricane Harvey destroyed the original wooden boardwalk at the birding center, but the replacement is two feet higher and made of fiberglass-reinforced material that can handle the water surges and waves.
The $670,000 project connects the birding center to the Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie's Pasture, according to Corpus Christie Business News reports, and it's just one of several future boardwalks that will offer new vantage points for viewing wildlife and coastal vistas. Funding came from the City of Port Aransas, Rebuild Texas, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program.
The new observation tower rises 13.5 feet above the wetlands, and it's wheel-chair accessible.