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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.

Saturday February 16, 2019

Field Trip to Sheldon Lake State Park.

Note that this Field Trip will be on the Saturday before the Membership Meeting.

 Meet at the parking lot at the north entrance to Sheldon Lake State Park at 8:00 a.m. To reach the north entrance from the east, take Sheldon Road north from either US90 or US90 Business (Beaumont Highway) in Sheldon, and turn left (west) on Garret Road. The entrance will be on the left in 2.2 miles. (Because of possible congestion or delays on IH-10 eastbound caused by damage to the San Jacinto River bridge, there may be more traffic than usual on US90, and it may well be a good idea to take Business US90 (Beaumont Highway) in Crosby to pick up Sheldon Road in Sheldon.

The Park includes a large lake with waterfowl in winter, prairie areas, moist woodlands, and an area of old fish hatchery ponds with lots of passerine birds in the trees and shrubs on the levees separating the ponds.

It might also be helpful if you would email us if you intend to attend and give us a cell number to contact you if there are problems on Saturday morning.

Membership Meeting

Thursday February 21, 2019 7:00 p.m.

Garden Center, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont  

The Warblers of Sabine Woods 

John Haynes and Harlan Stewart

One of the great avian spectacles in the United States occurs in spring when weather conditions cause large flights of passerine neotropic migrants to descent into the first habitat they encounter after crossing the 600 or so miles of the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan or perhaps further south. Many of these migrants are species from the family Parulida, the Wood Warblers also called the New World Warblers. They are not particularly closely related to either the Old World Warblers or the Australian Warblers. There are about 50 species in the family, and about 35 of them can be seen in Sabine Woods in any given year. Most of them are strongly migratory, breeding in the northern tier of North America and wintering mostly south of the United States. Therefore, they pass through the Upper Texas Coast northbound each spring and southbound in the fall. They are among the most variedly colorful small birds in North America., especially in the spring when they are in full breeding plumage.

John and Harlan will guide you through the family, illustrated by photographs taken almost exclusively at Sabine Woods. Finding 20 species of them in a single day in spring is quite common. On really good days, 25 species can be seen.

 

Directions to Tyrrell Park

From the South

Go "north" on US69/96/287 around the south side of Beaumont.

Take Texas 124 (south or west, whichever it is signed) towards Fannett (left turn under the highway).

Travel about 1/2 mile to the first light.

At the first light, turn left onto Tyrrell Park Road and go about 3/4 mile.

Turn left into Tyrrell Park through the nice new arch.

Almost immediately turn left at the conservatory into the parking lot for the Garden Center.

 

From IH10

Exit at Walden Road on the west side of Beaumont.

Go south of Walden Road for about 1/2 mile to the first light.

At the light go straight over Highway 124 onto Tyrrell Park Road and go about 3/4 mile.

Turn left into Tyrrell Park through the nice new arch.

Almost immediately turn left at the conservatory into the parking lot for the Garden Center.