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Meetings and Field Trips

You are welcome to attend monthly meetings, featuring speakers on birding and natural history topics, and including a delicious member-provided evening meal -- with desserts! Our monthly field trips are fun and educational, and focus on locations along the coast, marshes, prairies, and forests of the area.

Summer Break!

 As usual, there will be no membership meetings in June or July.  Our next meeting will be on THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Garden Center, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont, Texas, but don't forget our annual field trip to the Liberty area to look for Swallow-tailed Kites and other species on Saturday August 1.

 The next issue of the Brown Pelican will be a combined July/August issue, to be published in early August. 

Saturday August 1

Field Trip to Liberty-Dayton Area.

Each year, several of us have made a pilgrimage to the Liberty-Dayton area in August. During the first half of August each year, Swallow-tailed Kites congregate in the Trinity River bottomlands between Liberty and Dayton for two or three weeks before they migrate south for the winter. Sometimes, we are lucky enough to find up to 20 or more; other times they are more spread out and we don't see quite as many.

This has become a regular field trip.  We will meet on Saturday August 1 at 8:00 AM at the McDonalds at 1923 Highway 90 in Liberty.  This is on the north side of the Highway at the intersection with Travis Street, one block west of Main St/Highway 227.  Carpooling is highly desirable on this trip.  Most of this trip does not necessitate extensive walking, although some of the group will probably do quite a bit of walking.  The trip will probably not last beyond noon.

We will check the area along Highway 90 between Liberty and Dayton, perhaps several times, and also the Liberty Municipal Park area.  We might even also drive down FM1409.  In addition to the Swallow-tailed Kites, there are usually Mississippi Kites flying low in the residential areas of Liberty north of US 90.  Depending on how wet the area is, there may be other birds characteristic of bottomlands.

For more information, contact Steve Mayes ( or 409-722-5807).

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