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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
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
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!

 

High Island Workdays @ High Island
Jan 13 @ 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 pdeichmann@houstonaudubon.org for more information or to be put on the email list.

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18th Annual Fruit Tree Sale @ Houston Community College West Loop Parking Lot
Jan 13 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Urban Harvest’s 18th Annual Fruit Tree Sale will be on Saturday Jan 13, 2018, at the Houston Community College West Loop Parking Lot, 5601 West Loop S, Houston, TX 77081, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (or until we sell out). Details are being added at
http://urbanharvest.org/fruit-tree-sale.

If you are interested in volunteering, fill out the volunteer form at http://urbanharvest.org/fts/volunteer. Volunteer manager Scott Howard (scott.urbanharvest.fts@gmail.com) will contact you about volunteer positions, responsibilities, date and time period(s) you want to work and who you will report to. Volunteers will also be given access to our pre-order website to select and order your personal fruit trees in advance of the sale.

This sale may be the largest one-day fruit tree sale on the planet! It provides high quality fruit trees for individuals, schools, community gardens, farms, and other agencies over much of Southeast Texas. It popularizes and publicizes the growing of fruit trees and provides education about what works here and what doesn’t. Fruit trees have many advantages for the grower: improved diet, cheaper organic and tasty food, low-labor food production, carbon sequestration, erosion control, shade, and beauty. At the same time, the sale raises at minimum $50,000 for Urban Harvest’s many valuable programs: Youth Education, Farmers’ MarketsCommunity Gardens, and Adult Classes in gardening and sustainability.

Jan
18
Thu
2018
Audubon Bird Survey at Baytown @ Baytown Nature Center
Jan 18 @ 3:00 am
Audubon Bird Survey at Baytown @ Baytown Nature Center | Baytown | Texas | United States

Houston Audubon in partnership with the Baytown Nature Center is leading a monthly count at the Baytown Nature Center. David Hanson is the leader. 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.