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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.

The membership meeting will proceed as scheduled.  Weather problems will have cleared.  

Membership Meeting

Thursday January 18, 2018  7:00 p.m.

Garden Center, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont 

 Cattail Marsh

 John Whittle and Harlan Stewart

 

Cattail Marsh has become one of the premier birding attractions in the Golden Triangle Area. Originally constructed in 1993, and rehabilitated a few years ago, the Marsh serves as the final stage in the City of Beaumont waste water treatment system.

Water from the primary treatment facility is piped under Hillebrandt Bayou into the first cell of the Marsh, and thereafter percolates over several days through one or more of the other cells where the vegetation helps reduce the excess nitrogen and phosphorus content. The water is then pumped over Willow Marsh Bayou into a large natural wetland and eventually finds its way into Hillebrandt Bayou and on to the Gulf of Mexico. The total area including the natural wetland is about 900 acres.

During the cooler months (September through April), the Marsh is home to large numbers of wintering ducks. There are some waterbirds that breed in summer. Other avian attractions include a pair of Bald Eagles that nest along the periphery every winter, and a number of Least Grebes that have been present and breeding for a number of years. The program will illustrate the various areas of the Marsh and some of the 263 species of bird that have been observed there.

We will meet this month in the Garden Center, although it is possible that the sheetrock that was wet in Hurricane Harvey and cut out may not have been replaced by then. We will plan on having the doors open by 6:00 p.m. and the program will start at 7:00 p.m. sharp. A light supper will be available from 6:15 p.m.

Saturday January 20, 2018

Field Trip to Cattail Marsh, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont

Meet at the parking lot for Cattail Marsh at 8:00 a.m. The parking lot is accessed from the loop road round the main picnic areas in Tyrrell Park. Many birds can be seen from the boardwalk with minimal walking, but the group will probably make a leisurely three-or-so-mile hike round the various cells in the marsh. Be advised that, while you can turn around and retrace your steps at any point, there are no meaningful "shortcuts" after you start on the levee between cells 3 and 4. If you don't want to walk that far, there will be someone on the boardwalk to help you identify the many birds in the near cells. Walking is on the levees; the main ones are graveled, but some of the interior ones are essentially mowed grass. This will be a good trip for beginning to intermediate birders, as most of the waterfowl and wading birds are relatively easy to study in the open water areas.

 

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.

Saturday February 3, 2018

Field Trip to The Hawk Club in Bridge City 

Mr. Carl Grimmett has graciously invited us to do a field trip to his property in Bridge City. This is an extensive property stretching down to the shore of Sabine Lake, and has several ponds. This year there is a Bald Eagle nest off property but visible and also a Vermilion Flycatcher.  We will meet at 8:00 a.m. at the beginning of the entrance road (Lakeshore Farm Road on most maps and GPS).

 Directions

From Mid-County, Port Arthur

Go east on Highway 87 over the Veteran's Memorial Bridge to Bridge City. At the intersection of Highway 87/Texas Avenue and Roundbunch take a right onto East Roundbunch. Go 2.3 miles to Lakeshore Farm Road just before the (currently closed) Cow Bayou Bridge, turn right onto Lakeshore Farm Road.

From Beaumont

Go east IH-10 to FM 1442.  Go right [south] onto 1442. Drive about 11 miles to the intersection of FM 1442 [Roundbunch Dr.] and Highway 87/Texas Avenue. Stay straight onto East Roundbunch and go 2.3 miles to Lakeshore Farm Road just before the (currently closed) Cow Bayou Bridge, turn right onto Lakeshore Farm Road.