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Houston Environmental News Update November 22, 2017

Since Turkey Day is tomorrow, I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk birds. Specifically, I’d like to share information about the upcoming Christmas Bird Counts, as well as ongoing bird activities hosted in our environmental community.

The 118th annual Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for December 14, 2017, to January 5, 2018. Organized by the National Audubon Society, this all-volunteer effort takes a snapshot of bird populations to monitor their status and distribution across the Western Hemisphere. The results are compiled into a database that is shared with federal, state, and private authorities. Counts are open to birders of all skill levels. Discover new areas to bird which may not be normally accessible and take advantage of this great opportunity to bird with some of our foremost birding experts. There is NO FEE to participate in Christmas Bird Counts. I encourage you to learn more about the counts–including a few dozen within a two hour drive of downtown Houston–at HoustonAudubon.org. (I plan to be at the Central Houston count at Woodland Park near I-45 and I-10.)

As you might imagine, the CBC isn’t the only birding opportunity offered by Houston Audubon Society. You can also participate with monthly bird surveys, many of which are held in conjunction with other CEC member organizations, including Armand Bayou Nature Center (2nd Saturdays), Baytown Nature Center (3rd Thursdays Sep-May), Hermann Park (2nd Mondays), Houston Arboretum (3rd Saturdays), Willow Waterhole (3rd Saturdays), and Woodland Park.

If you read this newsletter regularly, you know that many local organizations conduct activities related to birds. Some of the birdier groups among our members include:
This summary only scratches the surface of bird activities in the region.
The photo above, by Earl Nottingham and from the TPWD website, illustrates wild turkey management programs of TPWD. “A hundred years ago, turkeys almost disappeared from Texas due to unregulated hunting and loss of habitat,” writes TPWD’s turkey management program. “Now, thanks to hunter and landowner support, bag limits and a restocking program, they are making a steady comeback.”
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