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Dec
23
Sat
2017
Neches River Adventure @ Riverfront Park in Beaumont
Dec 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Neches River Adventure @ Riverfront Park in Beaumont

The Big Thicket Association operates The Ivory Bill, a covered excursion boat on the Neches River for school field trips, social events and Nature classes. The boat operates on the open river, and is capable of navigating the shallows of cypress-lined backwater channels.

Enjoy a leisurely trip onboard the Ivory Bill on the ecologically diverse Neches River and into the Big Thicket National Preserve. The public nature tours are scheduled for each Saturday morning, March through November, and disembarks at Riverfront Park in Beaumont.  The tours include a Coast Guard certified Captain, 1st Mate, and Guide.  The tour boat is a 45 foot Coast Guard approved pontoon boat.  The Ivory Bill’s amenities include a covered open air deck, comfortable perimeter seating for 30 people, on-board restroom, and public address system. Private Charters also available.

 

Reservations are required…Call 409-651-5326
www.nechesriveradventures.org

Dec
27
Wed
2017
KPC’s Holiday Hike @ Indiangrass Preserve
Dec 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Stretch your legs and breathe some fresh prairie air as we take a short stroll through Indiangrass Preserve to look for signs of bird life on the prairie.

This tour will be led by KPC’s Community Conservation Director, Jaime Gonzalez.

We are likely to spot some of the many waterfowl, wading, and grassland birds that call the Katy Prairie their winter home.

For more events held by KPC, visit their calendar!

Dec
28
Thu
2017
KPC’s Holiday Hike @ Indiangrass Preserve
Dec 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Stretch your legs and breathe some fresh prairie air as we take a short stroll through Indiangrass Preserve to look for signs of bird life on the prairie.

This tour will be led by KPC’s Community Conservation Director, Jaime Gonzalez.

We are likely to spot some of the many waterfowl, wading, and grassland birds that call the Katy Prairie their winter home.

For more events held by KPC, visit their calendar!

Dec
29
Fri
2017
KPC’s Holiday Hike @ Indiangrass Preserve
Dec 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Stretch your legs and breathe some fresh prairie air as we take a short stroll through Indiangrass Preserve to look for signs of bird life on the prairie.

This tour will be led by KPC’s Community Conservation Director, Jaime Gonzalez.

We are likely to spot some of the many waterfowl, wading, and grassland birds that call the Katy Prairie their winter home.

For more events held by KPC, visit their calendar!

Dec
30
Sat
2017
Neches River Adventure @ Riverfront Park in Beaumont
Dec 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Neches River Adventure @ Riverfront Park in Beaumont

The Big Thicket Association operates The Ivory Bill, a covered excursion boat on the Neches River for school field trips, social events and Nature classes. The boat operates on the open river, and is capable of navigating the shallows of cypress-lined backwater channels.

Enjoy a leisurely trip onboard the Ivory Bill on the ecologically diverse Neches River and into the Big Thicket National Preserve. The public nature tours are scheduled for each Saturday morning, March through November, and disembarks at Riverfront Park in Beaumont.  The tours include a Coast Guard certified Captain, 1st Mate, and Guide.  The tour boat is a 45 foot Coast Guard approved pontoon boat.  The Ivory Bill’s amenities include a covered open air deck, comfortable perimeter seating for 30 people, on-board restroom, and public address system. Private Charters also available.

 

Reservations are required…Call 409-651-5326
www.nechesriveradventures.org

Dec
31
Sun
2017
Christmas Bird Count on Buffalo Bayou @ Houston Audubon's Edith L. Moore Sanctuary
Dec 31 all-day

This is one of the few CBCs that is set almost entirely in an urban environment. The count circle does contain a few areas of undeveloped land that usually hold a few surprises since they are surround by development. It is possible to see up to 15 species of sparrows on this count, including the elusive Henslow’s and Grasshopper Sparrows. Other “Special Birds” seen over the past several years have been: Hooded Merganser, American Bittern, Solitary Sandpiper, American Woodcock, Common Ground-Dove, Black Phoebe, Couch’s Kingbird, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Spotted Towhee, Eastern Towhee, Rusty Blackbird, Purple Finch and Pine Siskin.There are two ways to participate: (1) Be a Field Observer – Join one of the teams in the field. (2) Be a Feeder/Yard Watcher – Because so much of the Buffalo Bayou CBC area is residential, Feeder Watchers (those who stay at home and observe their feeder, yard and/or neighborhood) are extremely important to the count and greatly increase the efficiency of the count by observing species that otherwise would not be seen, such as hummingbirds. For more information please visit houstonaudubon.org/birding/christmas-bird-counts.

2017 Christmas Bird Count @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Dec 31 @ 6:00 am – 12:00 pm

Every winter, tens of thousands of volunteers across North America wake up at the crack of dawn and brave winter weather just to get a headcount of local birds. The Christmas Bird Count is a 118 year old tradition and the longest running citizen scientist project in the world. The count, run by the National Audubon Society, helps biologists study the long-term health and well-being of bird species across the continent.
Join us for this year’s Buffalo Bayou (west Houston) Count on Sunday, December 31. The count starts at 6 am, but we’ll head back to the building at 9 am so late risers can join in on the fun. No experience necessary, but preregistration is required.

Register for the 2017 Christmas Bird Count

Schedule: Bring your own snacks, camera, notebook, weather-appropriate clothing, binoculars if you have them (we’ll have some available to borrow), and money for lunch. At 6:15 am we’ll head straight to the Meadow, then split up to cover the trails. We’ll meet back at the building at 9:00 am for a coffee break. We’ll split up again to cover any remaining trails, then meet back at the building at noon. Afterwards, we’ll head to an optional lunch at Beck’s Prime in Memorial Park to compile our results.

Jan
6
Sat
2018
Neches River Adventure @ Riverfront Park in Beaumont
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Neches River Adventure @ Riverfront Park in Beaumont

The Big Thicket Association operates The Ivory Bill, a covered excursion boat on the Neches River for school field trips, social events and Nature classes. The boat operates on the open river, and is capable of navigating the shallows of cypress-lined backwater channels.

Enjoy a leisurely trip onboard the Ivory Bill on the ecologically diverse Neches River and into the Big Thicket National Preserve. The public nature tours are scheduled for each Saturday morning, March through November, and disembarks at Riverfront Park in Beaumont.  The tours include a Coast Guard certified Captain, 1st Mate, and Guide.  The tour boat is a 45 foot Coast Guard approved pontoon boat.  The Ivory Bill’s amenities include a covered open air deck, comfortable perimeter seating for 30 people, on-board restroom, and public address system. Private Charters also available.

 

Reservations are required…Call 409-651-5326
www.nechesriveradventures.org

Jan
10
Wed
2018
Nature Discovery Center’s Monthly Winter Bird Walk @ Russ Pitman Park
Jan 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

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Mary Ann Beauchemin will lead a monthly bird walk in Russ Pitman Park throughout the winter. In addition to our “Winter Texan” songbirds, we have sometimes had interesting “migrants” stay and overwinter. Most winters we have some western hummers like Rufous & Black-chinned, and less commonly a few Calliopes visit the park.

Join us and witness this special, seasonal beauty of nature.

For more events by the Nature Discovery Center, visit their event Calendar!

Jan
13
Sat
2018
Second Saturday Bird Walks @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Jan 13 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Free to attend, donations appreciated.

Work on your bird watching skills while helping the Arboretum monitor bird populations on a fun, relaxed morning walk. Join us on the second Saturday of each month at the front door of the building for a two-hour bird walk led by Kelsey Low, a resident bird enthusiast. We welcome all levels of bird watching skill and all ages (as long as you’re quiet) – but no dogs, please! If you have binoculars of your own, please bring them. We do have some binoculars available to borrow.

 

For more events with the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, visit their Events Calendar!