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Field Trips

San Jacinto County Piney Woods, September 22, 8 am (Winters Bayou led by Carlton Collier) and 10 am (LTNS) led by Connie and Calvin Blakley

This trip will begin at 8:00 am at Houston Audubon’s Winters Bayou Santuary, 11 miles NW of Cleveland and fairly close to our Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary (LTNS). Directions are at this web link: https://houstonaudubon.org/sanctuaries/winters-bayou.html. We will bird here with Audubon’s Carlton Collier until about 9:30. Then we will proceed to LTNS for a walk beginning at about 10:00 am. Directions are at this web link: http://www.outdoornatureclub.org/ltns.html.

Bring lunch. You can also go directly to the LTNS and meet us at 10:00.

Brazoria NWR Field Trip, Saturday, October 13, 8 am

Led by Mark Scheuerman

Meet at the visitor’s center by 8:00 am. Brazoria NWR is Texas's #32 state birding hotspot, was established in 1969, and has an area of nearly 70 square miles.

Bring a radio if you have one; OG has only four. If you want to borrow one, please arrive 15 min early so Teresa can demonstrate how to use the radios correctly.

Mark will lead until noon, then all are welcome to meet for lunch at The Red Snapper Inn, 402 Blue Water HWY, Surfside Beach, 979-239-3226. It's a nice place to eat and to see shorebirds and salt marsh birds.

For those joining us for lunch, Mark has offered to run over to Quintana for a quick check of the sanctuary if there's time. It's going to be FUN! Get ready to see lots of species of birds.

Carpooling encouraged! (contact Teresa) and meeting place will be Bayland Community Center, (where we hold OG monthly meetings). 
Field trip Coordinator: Teresa Connell, (505) 280-7443 
Trip Leader: Mark Scheuerman, (281)384-7683

Bear Creek Park Field Trip, Saturday, October 20, 7:30 am

Led by Drew Dickert

Meet at Equestrian Center by 7:30 am. The Equestrian Center is at the entrance to parking lot connected to Equestrian Drive, which is on Bear Creek Dr., just south of Golbow Dr. 

Trip leader Drew Dickert considers Bear Creek Park one of his "backyard favorites" and will share his favorite areas in the park.

The birding will finish around noon, and all are welcome to join for lunch at
Spring Creek Barbecue, 5935 Highway 6 N., just south of W Little York, (281) 345-0326
Field Trip Coordinator: Teresa Connell, (505) 280-7443
Trip Leader: Drew Dickert, (713) 501-0508

Other Field Trips

Nov 3 – SAT: Huntsville State Park, in search of the Hairy Woodpecker. Trip leader TBA.

Dec 8 – SAT: Birding Laas Farm with John Berner, Brookshire, Waller County.

Enjoy the rest of December and be sure to participate in your favorite CBCs.

Jan 2019 – WEEKENDER PLUS trip is planned to see the Rosy Finches in Albuquerque, NM (Brown-capped, Black, Gray-crowned), or Dallas for winter waterfowl. Stay tuned for more info!

Feb 9 – SAT: Birding Lone Star College with Michael Cooper, Kingwood, Montgomery County. Join Michael at his favorite birding hotspot.

Feb 23 – SAT: W.G. Jones State Park (Montgomery County) with Mark Scheuerman to look for the Red Cockaded Woodpecker.

March 8-9 – SAT & SUN: King Ranch WEEKENDER led by Tom Langschied. 

   Day 1: See Tom’s Favorite Places off the beaten path in Kleberg County.

   Day 2: Half-day at Encino Division (not normally open to the public) in Brooks
County. Trip cost is $135 and includes Saturday lunch and beverage (save $40
off regular King Ranch rates).

March 23 – SAT: Ron Weeks, location TBA

April 11-14 – SAT: Galveston FeatherFest.

April 27 – SAT: American Bird Conservancy Fundraiser with Kristen Vale. Beach Babies, Wilson Plovers, and hopefully Snowy Plovers; watch Least Tern courtship. Kristen will share with us how her program helps coastal beach nesting species prosper. Donation of $10.

May 4 – SAT: Leader and location TBD