Calendar

Jan
18
Thu
2018
Audubon Bird Survey @ Baytown Nature Center
Jan 18 @ 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!

Jan
20
Sat
2018
Bird Banding at GCBO @ Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Jan 20 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bird Banding at GCBO @ Gulf Coast Bird Observatory | Lake Jackson | Texas | United States
Bird Banding at GCBO 8:00am-noon
Event Date: Saturday, 09/19/15  8:00 AM
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.

Jan
22
Mon
2018
Tyke Hikes @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Jan 22 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Encourage your child’s curiosity about nature and spend time with them exploring outdoors!

Children 18 months to 3 years, with their adult companions, can join a naturalist for a story reading, a simple nature activity or craft, and a stroller-friendly hike on the beautiful Arboretum trails. Enjoy an interesting new nature experience each week with themes such as bats, raccoons, owls, and trees.

Cost per class: Free for Family Tree Members and above (please have member card on hand); $7 per child for nonmembers (younger siblings are welcome for free). Pay at the door, advanced registration not necessary.

Please note – as of January 2017, Tyke Hikes are $7 per child for nonmembers.

Note: Please dress for the weather. Tyke Hikes take place rain or shine! Closed-toe shoes are best for trail hikes. Older preschoolers are welcome but are the responsibility of the adult companion.

Home School Program @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Jan 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Our home school classes are offered on Mondays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for students ages 5-12. A different three-week science unit is taught each month, with classes consisting of instructional time, hands-on activities, and outdoor activities. Extension ideas will be provided to parents so they can follow up with lessons and activities at home.
Visit our Home School Blog at www.HouArbHomeSchool.wordpress.com to see what Home Schoolers have been up to!

Schedule: Three Mondays a month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (classes for ages 5, 6 – 7, 8 – 9, and 10 – 12)
Fees per student: $60 member** / $90 nonmember per three-week unit

**Must be a Family Tree Member or above for member rate.

Please note: Additional Parents and siblings may not attend class. Those who wish to go out on a nature hike may do so on a special basis by discussing with instructors. *Attendee(s) must be mature enough to participate in the program(s) without parental or guardian supervision. 

Registration note: Parents, when registering for multiple months, please register your child in the same age group for the entire semester.  Thank you!


As part of your registration, you will also receive email updates from our Home School Blog with information and pictures showing you what the students did in class, take home activities to continue learning at home, and updates about the Home School Program in general.


January 8, 22, 29: Body Systems I

The human body is amazing! Come learn how our body systems compare to other animal’s bodies – like a frog! We will dissect a frog in class to examine the different body parts. Register Online

February 5, 19, 26: Body Systems II

This month we continue learning more about body systems. Do mammals breathe the same way as fish? Does a sheep’s heart look like ours? Join us as we explore more about bodies! Register Online

March 5, 19, 26: Urban Farming

Chickens in your backyard? Fresh vegetables from your own garden? Urban farms are sprouting up all over the city! Learn how you can be eco-friendly, save money, and reconnect with nature by creating an urban farm of your own. Register Online

April 9, 16, 23: Geology Rocks!

Rocks, soil, and water are all a part of our physical environment here on earth. This month we will explore how rocks and soil are formed, use stream tables to study geomorphology, and even make our own crystals! Register Online

May 7, 14, 21: Curious Concoctions

Chemistry isn’t just for scientists in labs! Chemistry can be found even in your home and the natural world just outside the door. Find out where you can see chemistry in action as we conduct experiments using the scientific method. Register Online

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
29
Mon
2018
Tyke Hikes @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Jan 29 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Encourage your child’s curiosity about nature and spend time with them exploring outdoors!

Children 18 months to 3 years, with their adult companions, can join a naturalist for a story reading, a simple nature activity or craft, and a stroller-friendly hike on the beautiful Arboretum trails. Enjoy an interesting new nature experience each week with themes such as bats, raccoons, owls, and trees.

Cost per class: Free for Family Tree Members and above (please have member card on hand); $7 per child for nonmembers (younger siblings are welcome for free). Pay at the door, advanced registration not necessary.

Please note – as of January 2017, Tyke Hikes are $7 per child for nonmembers.

Note: Please dress for the weather. Tyke Hikes take place rain or shine! Closed-toe shoes are best for trail hikes. Older preschoolers are welcome but are the responsibility of the adult companion.

Home School Program @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Jan 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Our home school classes are offered on Mondays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for students ages 5-12. A different three-week science unit is taught each month, with classes consisting of instructional time, hands-on activities, and outdoor activities. Extension ideas will be provided to parents so they can follow up with lessons and activities at home.
Visit our Home School Blog at www.HouArbHomeSchool.wordpress.com to see what Home Schoolers have been up to!

Schedule: Three Mondays a month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (classes for ages 5, 6 – 7, 8 – 9, and 10 – 12)
Fees per student: $60 member** / $90 nonmember per three-week unit

**Must be a Family Tree Member or above for member rate.

Please note: Additional Parents and siblings may not attend class. Those who wish to go out on a nature hike may do so on a special basis by discussing with instructors. *Attendee(s) must be mature enough to participate in the program(s) without parental or guardian supervision. 

Registration note: Parents, when registering for multiple months, please register your child in the same age group for the entire semester.  Thank you!


As part of your registration, you will also receive email updates from our Home School Blog with information and pictures showing you what the students did in class, take home activities to continue learning at home, and updates about the Home School Program in general.


January 8, 22, 29: Body Systems I

The human body is amazing! Come learn how our body systems compare to other animal’s bodies – like a frog! We will dissect a frog in class to examine the different body parts. Register Online

February 5, 19, 26: Body Systems II

This month we continue learning more about body systems. Do mammals breathe the same way as fish? Does a sheep’s heart look like ours? Join us as we explore more about bodies! Register Online

March 5, 19, 26: Urban Farming

Chickens in your backyard? Fresh vegetables from your own garden? Urban farms are sprouting up all over the city! Learn how you can be eco-friendly, save money, and reconnect with nature by creating an urban farm of your own. Register Online

April 9, 16, 23: Geology Rocks!

Rocks, soil, and water are all a part of our physical environment here on earth. This month we will explore how rocks and soil are formed, use stream tables to study geomorphology, and even make our own crystals! Register Online

May 7, 14, 21: Curious Concoctions

Chemistry isn’t just for scientists in labs! Chemistry can be found even in your home and the natural world just outside the door. Find out where you can see chemistry in action as we conduct experiments using the scientific method. Register Online

Feb
3
Sat
2018
Naturalist Explorers @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

sweepNetting2

Naturalist Explorers introduces children ages 5 to 8 to environmental and natural history topics in a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere. Classes include a short introduction inside followed by hands‐on, engaging activities outside. Parents are welcome to participate with their child or to drop them off.

Schedule: One Saturday a month, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Fees per student: $20 members* / $35 nonmembers per class

*Must be a Family Tree Member or above for member rate.

 

Spring 2018: Amazing Adaptations

Adaptation is a natural process in which a species becomes better suited to its habitat. Adaptations can be found throughout nature. Together we will learn how organisms survive, hunt, grow, and thrive because of their special and fascinating features.


January 6: Camouflage

Some predators and prey use camouflage to hide while other animals are brightly colored for all to see. Come explore the Arboretum and look at live animals to learn the pros and cons of camouflage and flashy coverings. Register Online

February 3: Locomotion

For some species, speed and stealth are necessary for survival. How an animal moves when catching food or escaping a predator is important! We will see if we can walk on silent tiptoes like a fox, climb like squirrels, hop like frogs, and run as fast as the cougar. Register Online

March 3: Armor

Many animals come with ready-made suits of armor: from mighty mollusks and turtles to well-protected porcupines and hedgehogs. Investigate these special adaptations for survival with some friendly snails, roly-polies, and turtles. Register Online

April 7: Migration

Birds and butterflies migrate, but so do many other animals. Learn about the astounding distances they travel, and the fascinating ways they know how, when, and where to go. Register Online

May 5: Metamorphosis

Many animals change their looks as they grow. Using microscopes and hand lenses, we’ll discover the extreme makeovers that some animals undergo, and how this helps them to survive. Register Online