In the meantime, I would like to talk a bit about birds. Now is a great time to observe birds–fleeting glimpses, studies of behavior, and listening to songs and calls. Migration (for those passing through), courting, and breeding are ramping up, and it’s a great time to be a birder. Here are a couple of ways to get involved with birds:
- Houston Audubon Birdathon, through May 15, 2018.
- In April, the Galveston Nature Tourism Council hosts one of the world’s premier birding events: Galveston FeatherFest. Many of these event sell out early, so sign up soon.
- Bird banding with Gulf Coast Bird Observatory (the next monthly event is on Saturday–look for me there!). GCBO also has extensive research programs, educational programs, and an upcoming spring experience auction.
- In addition to regular kayak art adventures and volunteer conservation opportunities, Artist Boat‘s founder, Karla Klay, offers occasional but excellent birding tours in Galveston and Bolivar.
- Texas Wildlife Association offers many bird-themed programs for educators.
- TWRC Wildlife Center rehabs native birds at their facility, then the birds graduate to home rehabber to get them ready for release.
- Wildlife Center of Houston also rehabs birds and native wildlife and periodically offers an oiled wildlife response program.
- Katy Prairie Conservancy has great wildlife viewing opportunities, and check out their bird checklist). This week, for St. Patrick’s Day, they’ll be offering green drinks at their star viewing party.
- The motherlode of birding opportunities might be the listing on the Ornithology Group’s website. The Ornithology Group of the Outdoor Nature Club–which has been around so long that it makes CEC (at 46 years) look like a spring chicken–has monthly meetings and great outings this spring.
- Speaking of spring chickens… The Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge hosts monthly van tours of the refuge (next on April 7) and the annual Booming N Blooming (spring) Prairie Chicken Festival on April 14 and 15, 2018. Unfortunately, only a few birds at the preserve survived Harvey, making the chicken perhaps the most endangered bird species in North America.
- Of course, you can always observe birds in you own neighborhood. At this time of year, warblers are fun to find, but hard to identify. One of my neighbors in the White Oak Bayou watershed, is supplementing her Bayou City Birding ‘Zines with a series of warbler identification flashcards. In addition to her warbler flashcards, Wendy Wright recently captured–on film–a bald eagle hanging out near the intersection of I-10 and I-45 near Woodland Park.
- Curious about birds in your backyard? Check out eBird.com.
Banner Credits: Images in the banner are from events and programs or the organizations listed above. Special credit goes to Wendy Wright at White Oak Bayou Association
, whose Blackburnian Warbler (BLBW), Magnolia Warbler (MAWA), Black-throated Green Warbler (BTNW), and Yellow-rumped Warbler (YRWA)–and her eagle photo–were the inspirations for this week’s bird theme.
Earth Day Houston: Call for Exhibitors and Volunteer Groups
Please mark your calendars for Earth Day Houston on Sunday, April 22, 2018, from noon to 6 p.m. at Discovery Green! Hosted in partnership with the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Discovery Green’s citywide Earth Day celebration–presented by Green Mountain Energy–is designed to inspire, educate, and encourage action. The event features displays, exhibits and booths on topics ranging from alternative energy to recycling methods, a foodie farmers market, Canned Acoustica, recycling, and more.
The Citizens’ Environmental Coalition is currently accepting applications for exhibitors for the Earth Day festival. If you are interested in being a sponsor or corporate volunteering, please email [email protected]
Houston Green Film Series: Before the Flood – March 9, 2018
If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news. March 21, 2018, at Rice Media Center. 6:30 p.m. conversation, networking, and a light meal; 7 p.m. screening. Free to the public, although donations are kindly appreciated. Learn more on the Facebook event page.
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