Calendar

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!

Urban Harvest’s Growing Organic Vegetable Series @ University of Houston, Central Campus, McElhinney Hall, Room TBD
Jan 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

In a total of 10 classes (25 hours of instruction), this series covers everything you want to know about growing vegetables. Topics include the advantages of organic and ecological approaches over chemicals; vegetable garden design; irrigation and drainage; soil fertility, mulches and composts; organic pest control; seeds, transplants, where to get them and how to plant them. The last half is a detailed discussion of selecting, growing and using the many varieties of vegetables, annual herbs, and melons.

Those who complete the class will become certified Organic Vegetable Specialists.

This is a series of ten classes and may not be taken individually. Assignments for the class include the reading of Dr. Bob Randall’s book, Year Round Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers for Metro-Houston. Cost of the book is $45.


SCHEDULE

Thursdays, 2018 from 6:30pm to 9pm

Class 1 – January 18
Class 2 – January 25
Class 3 – February 8
Class 4 – February 22
Class 5 – March 8
Class 6 – March 22
Class 7 – April 5
Class 8 – April 19
Class 9 – May 3
Class 10 – May 17

For an in-depth schedule, go to Spring 2018 class schedule and description.


DIRECTIONS AND PARKING

I-45 S, exit Cullen, go south, enter University of Houston campus, proceed through Elgin, Holman, Entrance 14 and Entrance 13, Cougar Place, turn left at Wheeler, take first right into driveway – park to the left of Lot 9C(although it says permit required, we have permission) Follow Urban Harvest signs back to Wheeler at Cullen. Walk north along Cullen, pass entrance 13 Cougar Village and follow the Urban Harvest signs to the classroom

 

For more classes by Urban Harvest, view their Upcoming Classes.

Jan
20
Sat
2018
Bird Banding at GCBO @ Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Jan 20 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
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Bird Banding at the Lake Jackson Sanctuary and offices. The public is invited to join us as we work to collect baseline data on bird populations at our sanctuary. Banding will run from 8:00 am to noon. The banding station is operated by Robert and Kay Lookingbill and is conducted the 3rd Saturday of every month. Please put this on your calendar and do join us when you can. Free of charge and no reservations are necessary. The GCBO Nature Store will be open till noon each banding day.

Bird Walk @ Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center
Jan 20 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Bring or borrow binoculars to see some of the amazing birds at Sheldon Lake State Park!

Walk through the ponds, woods, wetlands, and prairie while listening and looking for some of the interesting birds that live at Sheldon Lake State Park.  We may see a Bald Eagle, Blue Jay, White Ibis, and more!  Bird field guide and some binoculars will be available.  Bird watchers of all ages and abilities should join us to enjoy the sport of birding.

Make sure to bring your water, bug spray, binoculars, and closed-toe shoes.  All programs will meet at the Pond Center, the first building at the end of the entrance road.

Urban Harvest’s Basic Fruit Tree Care and Planting @ University of St. Thomas, Hall and Room TBD
Jan 20 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Basic Fruit Tree Care and Planting will teach you the basics of fruit tree selection, planting, care, and maintenance. Fruit trees are wonderful additions to the urban landscape with beautiful flowers, fragrance, and the reward of organically grown fruits. They support pollinators and can provide habitat for birds. We will cover temperate fruit trees, citrus, and the semi-tropical varieties that are appropriate for our area. Participants will receive a month-by-month calendar for fruit tree care – pruning, pest control, harvesting, and fertilization. If you don’t have enough space, fruit trees can also be grown in containers! There are no refunds on classes.

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING

Parking is available in Moran Garage (campus map: #26), corner of West Alabama and Graustark Street; there may be a $2 charge. There are parking lots at corner of West Alabama and Yoakum and Branard and Montrose.

 

For more classes by Urban Harvest, view their Upcoming Classes.

Jan
21
Sun
2018
Urban Harvest’s Sustainable Living Through Permaculture 1 (SLTP 1) @ near 610S and Stella Link
Jan 21 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The design principles of Permaculture (PC) are explained, observed and illustrated in a series of breakout sessions at a home and garden remodeled to reflect PC sustainability principles. This garden is set up with cisterns, many types of fruits, vegetables, habitat plants, a small area for collecting excess rain and a remodeled home that includes many features to reduce energy consumption. NOTE: Sustainable Living #1 and 2 are prerequisites to the permaculture series classes. There are no refunds on classes.

LOCATION

The residence address will be sent to you in a separate reminder email the day before the class.

 

For more classes by Urban Harvest, view their Upcoming Classes.

Jan
23
Tue
2018
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.

Jan
25
Thu
2018
HPARD’s Native Plant Propagation Workdays @ HPARD Greenhouse
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Habitat Restoration

Our volunteer group meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon at the HPARD Greenhouse.

We propagate plants from locally collected native seed. A typical workday may include seeding pots, bumping up trays into 1-gallon containers, separating seedlings, and weeding pots. We will also have special seed collecting trips, invasive species removal workdays, and planting events in our restored prairies!

We are also beginning to conduct semi-annual vegetation transects and monthly bird surveys at our current and future restoration sites. If you’re good at identifying plants or birds or if you would like to learn more about them, come join us!

If you’re interested in volunteering for the NRMP, email [email protected].

Urban Harvest’s Growing Organic Vegetable Series @ University of Houston, Central Campus, McElhinney Hall, Room TBD
Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

In a total of 10 classes (25 hours of instruction), this series covers everything you want to know about growing vegetables. Topics include the advantages of organic and ecological approaches over chemicals; vegetable garden design; irrigation and drainage; soil fertility, mulches and composts; organic pest control; seeds, transplants, where to get them and how to plant them. The last half is a detailed discussion of selecting, growing and using the many varieties of vegetables, annual herbs, and melons.

Those who complete the class will become certified Organic Vegetable Specialists.

This is a series of ten classes and may not be taken individually. Assignments for the class include the reading of Dr. Bob Randall’s book, Year Round Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers for Metro-Houston. Cost of the book is $45.


SCHEDULE

Thursdays, 2018 from 6:30pm to 9pm

Class 1 – January 18
Class 2 – January 25
Class 3 – February 8
Class 4 – February 22
Class 5 – March 8
Class 6 – March 22
Class 7 – April 5
Class 8 – April 19
Class 9 – May 3
Class 10 – May 17

For an in-depth schedule, go to Spring 2018 class schedule and description.


DIRECTIONS AND PARKING

I-45 S, exit Cullen, go south, enter University of Houston campus, proceed through Elgin, Holman, Entrance 14 and Entrance 13, Cougar Place, turn left at Wheeler, take first right into driveway – park to the left of Lot 9C(although it says permit required, we have permission) Follow Urban Harvest signs back to Wheeler at Cullen. Walk north along Cullen, pass entrance 13 Cougar Village and follow the Urban Harvest signs to the classroom

 

For more classes by Urban Harvest, view their Upcoming Classes.