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Jan
18
Thu
2018
Audubon Bird Survey @ Baytown Nature Center
Jan 18 @ 8:00 am

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Houston Audubon in partnership with the Baytown Nature Center is leading a monthly count at the Baytown Nature Center. Jan & David Hanson are the leaders. The survey is usually conducted on the third Thursday of each month, September through May, and results are posted on eBird. The survey normally begins at 8 AM. Fore more information, visit houstonaudubon.org.

 

Meet at BNC Visitor Center

Bring water, snacks, insect repellant and binoculars!

Jan
23
Tue
2018
Waterfowl: Class & Field Trip @ Houston Audubon's Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary
Jan 23 @ 7:00 am – 8:45 am

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The Upper Texas Coast is an amazing area for wintering waterfowl. Each year we have thousands of ducks (24 species possible) and thousands of geese (5 species possible) and mergansers (2 species). While the identification of male ducks is often straightforward, the same cannot be said of the more cryptically colored females. Therein lies the challenge and fun of duck identification. We will learn techniques for separating the 24 species of ducks, the different species of geese, and the mergansers.

 

Classroom sessions

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (7:00-8:45 PM)

Classroom sessions are normally held in the administration building which is the brick building you first come to on the gravel drive as you enter the sanctuary. On a rare occasion, we meet in the log cabin, which is the second building.

Reserve online

 

Field Trip

Saturday, January 27, 2018 (7:30 AM – 3:30 PM)

Field trip locations: We will review all the details for the field trip in class. The instructor will be checking for bird activity the week of the class to maximize our opportunity to see birds. You will be provided info by email on what to bring and complete driving directions to our meeting location a few days before the field trip.

Birding Classes: Waterfowl @ Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary
Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Classroom location: Houston Audubon’s Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary. 440 Wilchester Blvd., Houston, TX 77079. Telephone: 713-932-1639

Classroom sessions are normally held in the administration building which is the brick building you first come to on the gravel drive as you enter the sanctuary. On a rare occasion we meet in the log cabin, which is the second building.

Field trip locations: We will review all the details for the field trip in class. The instructor will be checking for bird activity the week of the class to maximize our opportunity to see birds. You will be provided info by email on what to bring and complete driving directions to our meeting location a few days before the field trip.

 


Waterfowl: January 23-27, 2018

The Upper Texas Coast is an amazing area for wintering waterfowl. Each year we have thousands of ducks (24 species possible) and thousands of geese (5 species possible) and mergansers (2 species). While the identification of male ducks is often straightforward, the same cannot be said of the more cryptically colored females. Therein lies the challenge and fun of duck identification. We will learn techniques for separating the 24 species of ducks, the different species of geese, and the mergansers.

Class: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (7:00-8:45 PM)
Field Trip: Saturday, January 27, 2018 (7:30 AM – 3:30 PM)


Sparrows: February 20-24, 2018

Secretive and challenging to identify are what make this group of birds Fun. The Upper Texas Coast is a great place to see wintering sparrows. Learn the key principles of identification that will enable you to separate the 17 different species that are possible. After this class you will no longer call sparrows little brown birds, you will recognize them as sparrows.

Class: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (7:00-8:45 PM)
Field Trip: Saturday, February 24, 2018 (7:30 AM – 3:30 PM)


Shorebirds: March 27-31, 2018

Shorebirds are an elegant and beautiful group of birds that grace our shores, marshes, and fields. The upper coast is one of the best places in North America to enjoy and learn about Shorebirds. Some species are seen primarily in migration, some primarily during winter and others we have throughout the year. Join us to learn how to simplify the identification of shorebirds. Through an organized and systematic approach to identification, you will soon learn to recognize most of the shorebirds. For the peeps, well that takes a little more time and practice but we will get you on the right path to learn these small, challenging and beautiful shorebirds also. This class is open to all levels of birders and photographers.

Class: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 (7:00-8:45 PM)
Field Trip: Saturday, March 31, 2018 (7:30 AM – 3:30 PM)


Warblers & Songbirds: April 3-7, 2018

People come from all over the world to the Houston Audubon High Island Sanctuaries to experience the migration and arrival of the “jewels” of the bird world. Learn about the remarkable migration journey of these small and beautiful birds. Learn the principles to identify the 37 different species of warblers that are possible to see in our area as well as other spring migrant songbirds. This class is open to all levels of birders and photographers.

Class: Tuesday, April 3, 2018 (7:00-8:45 PM)
Field Trip: Saturday, April 7, 2018 (7:30 AM – 3:30 PM)


Glenn Olsen

Glenn Olsen

INSTRUCTOR

Glenn Olsen leads natural history and birding tours with GOBirding Ecotours and teaches bird identification, gardening for birds and butterflies, and nature-related classes through Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, Houston Audubon, Katy Prairie Conservancy, and the Texas Master Naturalist program. He has served on the Houston Audubon Board as Vice President of Education and also served as an Audubon Warden monitoring colonial nesting birds in Rockport, TX. He is currently Region 8 Director for the Texas Ornithological Society. Two of his many other efforts towards conservation include monitoring endangered Attwater’s Prairie Chickens at the Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Preserve and co-founding the Wildscapes Workshop through the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) where he served as president of both the Houston Chapter and the State NPSOT. He has led field trips and/or given programs for meetings of the Texas Ornithological Society, Houston Audubon, Houston Arboretum, the Native Plant Society of Texas, Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, Rockport Hummer/Bird Festival, Galveston FeatherFest, and other groups and festivals.  Glenn has led trips to such exotic locales as Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Amazon Rainforest, Costa Rica and the hottest birding locations in the U.S.

Feb
3
Sat
2018
Bolivar Flats Beach Rambles @ Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am

1ST SATURDAY BOLIVAR FLATS BEACH RAMBLES

Walking on Bolivar Flats

Come explore Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary and see what the forces of nature have left for us on the beach and in the wrack lines with Sanctuaries Manager Pete Deichmann. You’ll walk along the beach and out onto the flats discovering the diversity of life along the gulf coast. It’s a perfect opportunity for a family day trip. Ride the Galveston ferry, see dolphins, birds, shellfish and learn about coastal ecosystems.

This program is FREE, suitable for all ages and runs on the first Saturday of each month. No preregistration required. We meet at 10:00 AM at the vehicular barrier. Take TX-87 to Rettilon Rd. Turn right at the beach and travel 3/4 mile. Hope to see you there!

Parking: Parking stickers are REQUIRED for all vehicles to park on Bolivar beaches. They can be purchased locally for $10. A list of vendors can be found here.

Super Bird 52 @ Archbishop Fiorenza Park Phase 2
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Super Bird 52

It is that time of year again and we are making plans for Super Bird 52! on February 3, 2018, the day before the Super Bowl. The Gridiron Goatsuckers are ready for another chance to beat the Superb Owls!!

Join us at Archbishop Fiorenza Park Phase 2 as the Superb Owls, led by Richard Gibbons, face off against the Gridiron Goatsuckers, led by Mary Anne Weber. Participants may pick either team to bird with. For more information, contact Mary Anne at [email protected].

Use this link to download the poster.

Super Bird 52

 

Here is a recap from last year. It was a great day for the big game and a hearty crowd was ready for Super Bird 51. The Gridiron Goatsuckers got off to an early lead with waxwings and cormorants abounding on the field of play. In the end, the Superb Owls pulled out the win with a commanding 54 species and 20 minutes left to play. The Goatsuckers rallied and spotted a Belted Kingfisher and grackle to reach 51 species before the whistle blew. Congrats to the Superb Owls! The Goatsuckers will patiently wait for Super Bird 52 to get some revenge!

Feb
5
Mon
2018
Bus Trips for Houston Audubon Seniors @ Various locations
Feb 5 all-day

Related imageAre you over 50 and eager for birding and natural history adventures? Are you tired of driving through Houston traffic to reach a birding destination? We have the solution! Our monthly senior bus trips with buses provided free of charge by Harris County Precinct 3 as a senior service by Harris County Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack can easily satisfy your “natural” side. Houston Audubon books a bus every month for our Houston Audubon members who are 50 and over. We provide snacks, refreshments and an experienced tour guide at our destination.

Reservations are required and attendance will be limited to the bus capacity. The buses are provided by Precinct 3 free of charge. A small fee is charged by Houston Audubon to cover snacks, water, and any entry fee at destination. Participants will be required to sign Precinct 3 and HA liability release forms for the trip. Precinct 3 regulations require that all participants must be 50 years or older. Remember to bring your binoculars, insect protection, sturdy shoes, and raingear if necessary. For more information and trip updates, contact Mary Anne Weber at [email protected].


Monday, January 8, 2018

100 Acre Wood Preserve & Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve

Register online for the January bus trip.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Rio Villa Nature Trails & Sheldon Lake State Park


Monday, March 5, 2018

Cullinan Park, Sugar Land Memorial Park, Brazos River Corridor

Register online for the March bus trip.


For more information, please visit houstonaudubon.org/birding/field-trips-travel.

Feb
10
Sat
2018
High Island Workdays @ High Island
Feb 10 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Workdays are held once a month, October through March on the second Saturday of the month. We start work around 8:30 AM and work until about noon, when we break for lunch, provided by Houston Audubon and prepared by the lunch crew. Lunch at the picnic area of Boy Scout Woods is a good chance to visit with other volunteers and recharge from a morning of exercise and work. After lunch, we take about an hour to tie up any loose ends and clean up.

Come be a part of sanctuary maintenance, habitat restoration, and Houston Audubon’s amazing volunteer workforce. Email Pete Deichmann at [email protected] for more information or to be put on the email list.

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  • February 10
  • March 10

Feb
12
Mon
2018
Hermann Park Bird Survey @ Hermann Park
Feb 12 @ 7:30 am

Volunteer Coordinator: Jim WinnYellow-crowned Night-Heron

The public is invited to join us at Hermann Park on the second Monday morning of each month. There is no charge for these bird walks and children are welcome. We meet in parking lot “D” on the south side of the Miller Outdoor Theatre stage.

Directions

From Hermann Park Drive parking lot “D” shares the entrance with parking lot “E”. From the fountain in front of Hotel ZaZa, drive around on Hermann Park Dr.(also shown as Golf Course Dr. on some maps) past the Museum of Natural Science and McGovern Centennial Gardens. The entrance to Parking Lot D will be on your right side, just before you get to the large lots in front of the main zoo entrance. The entrance will say Parking Lot “E”. Go in there. Parking Lot “D” is behind Lot “E”.

 

For more information, please visit houstonaudubon.org/birding/bird-surveys.

Feb
15
Thu
2018
Audubon Bird Survey @ Baytown Nature Center
Feb 15 @ 8:00 am

Image result for houston audubon logo

Houston Audubon in partnership with the Baytown Nature Center is leading a monthly count at the Baytown Nature Center. Jan & David Hanson are the leaders. The survey is usually conducted on the third Thursday of each month, September through May, and results are posted on eBird. The survey normally begins at 8 AM. Fore more information, visit houstonaudubon.org.

 

Meet at BNC Visitor Center

Bring water, snacks, insect repellant and binoculars!

Feb
20
Tue
2018
Sparrows: Class & Field Trip @ Houston Audubon's Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary
Feb 20 @ 7:00 am – 8:45 am

Related image

Secretive and challenging to identify are what make this group of birds Fun. The Upper Texas Coast is a great place to see wintering sparrows. Learn the key principles of identification that will enable you to separate the 17 different species that are possible. After this class you will no longer call sparrows little brown birds, you will recognize them as sparrows.

 

 

Class: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (7:00-8:45 PM)

Classroom sessions are normally held in the administration building which is the brick building you first come to on the gravel drive as you enter the sanctuary. On a rare occasion we meet in the log cabin, which is the second building.

Reserve online

 

Field Trip: Saturday, February 24, 2018 (7:30 AM – 3:30 PM)

Field trip locations: We will review all the details for the field trip in class. The instructor will be checking for bird activity the week of the class to maximize our opportunity to see birds. You will be provided info by email on what to bring and complete driving directions to our meeting location a few days before the field trip.