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.
Jace notes he has had an interest in nature since a young age birdwatching, collecting insects and snakes. He and his wife have a small cabin in the woods that sits on 11.75 acres right on the edge of the Big Thicket near the Pitcher Plant Trail that they frequent often. He maintains bird feeders and a bluebird box on this property.
His interest in Purple Martins came from his father-in-law who maintained a martin house near his garden. He is a member of the Purple Martin Conservation Association and going on his 25th year as a Purple Martin landlord. He is listed with the PMCA as a Purple Martin Mentor for the Golden Triangle area helping anyone who is interested in establishing a Purple Martin colony. He also maintains a nature blog that consists of photographs and writings of his experiences with nature. The URL for the blog is http://naturejournals.blogspot.com
He will begin by talking about the history and experiences with his own Purple Martin colony and present a slide show of his own photos and some from the PMCA. Following the slide show, Jace will try and answer any questions that anyone may have.
This trip will look for Neotropical migrants at the height of spring migration. We will assemble at Sabine Woods at 7:30 a.m. (You should be able to find the group if you are unable to be there quite that early.)
At Sabine Woods, there is a small parking area, with additional parking improvised using the roadside verges. Portable toilets are available at the entrance during spring migration.
This trip involves relatively easy walking on the trails at Sabine Woods to look for migrant songbirds, although another option is to sit at one of the drips and wait for the birds to come to you. The trails may be muddy and slippery if it has rained in the prior day or two. Armadillos and feral pigs have been very active, so there will be holes to avoid! There is an $8 sanctuary pass donation at Sabine Woods for those who are not members of Golden Triangle Audubon or TOS. This field trip is especially suited for not-very-experienced birders. Often, we break into smaller groups, with an experienced birder or two in each group.
Sabine Woods is on the north side of Hwy 87, 4.1 miles west of the stop sign in Sabine Pass. Take Highway 87 from Port Arthur to Sabine Pass, turn right at the stop sign, and go 4.1 miles.
The insect population may be significant so it will be a good idea to bring insect repellant. Most participants will bring lunch. Facilities in Sabine Pass are limited, and gasoline is not currently routinely available in Sabine Pass.