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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.

  

Membership Meeting
Thursday March 19, 2015  7:00 p.m.
Garden Center, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont 
Warblers of Sabine Woods
 John Haynes
Photographs by Harlan Stewart

 Just in time for spring migration, we have a presentation to help you know when and where in Sabine Woods to find the colorful (and the few not-so-colorful) warblers that are so sought after in April along the Texas Gulf coast. Each spring, many warblers pass through on their way from their winter homes in Central and South America to their breeding grounds, which can be just few miles further north, or all the way up to the northern tier of Canada. Most of these birds make a non-stop flight across the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan. At least thirty-six warbler species can be seen most years, and forty different species have been recorded over the years.

John Haynes is well known to us all and has birded Sabine Woods intensively for many years. He operates Haynes Financial Services in mid-county. Harlan Stewart is a retired pathologist, an expert photographer, and has recently amassed a large collection of photographs of the birds of Sabine Woods. The program will focus on identifying all these warbler species in their breeding plumages.
 

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.

 

 

Directions to Garden Center in 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 a mile to the first light.

At the first light, turn left onto Tyrrell Park Road and go about 1/2 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 1/2 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.

 

Field Trip to Bolivar Flats.

Saturday March 21, 2015.

 

Important Note: Galveston County operates a parking permit program on the Bolivar Peninsula. If you park on the beach you must have a parking permit on your windshield. The fee for the permit is $10.00 a year and permits are obtainable from most merchants on the Bolivar Peninsula. 

This trip will occur as spring shorebird migration is getting well under way, but while the wintering birds are mostly still present. Bolivar Flats is an important shore-bird location. We know that a lot of birders are intimidated by shorebirds, but they are not nearly as difficult to identify as is sometimes alleged! This trip offers an opportunity to compare many of the "true" shorebirds with lots of help in identifying them. 

Meet at the vehicle barrier at 8:30 a.m. From Winnie, take TX 124 south to High Island. At the shoreline, turn right (west) on TX 87 and proceed through Gilchrist and Crystal Beach until you reach the intersection where Loop 108 turns right (north). Turn left (the opposite way to Loop 108) along Rettilon Road. At the beach, if conditions permit, turn right (west) about 1/2 mile to the vehicle barrier. It takes at least one and a half hours to drive from the Golden Triangle. We will leave the vehicle barrier at about 8:45 a.m., although the group will be visually obvious on the flats should you be a few minutes later than that. 

 Some walking is necessary on this field trip. How much depends on how much mud flat is exposed. Depending on the mud flat conditions, we may visit to the North Jetty to view the birds from that side. 

We normally stop at Fort Travis park to eat lunch and use the facilities. We expect to stop at Rollover Pass and perhaps at High Island on the way back. We will check in High Island for any "very early" Neotropic songbird migrants. Bring drinks and lunch (or buy locally, but that is not particularly easy), sunscreen and insect repellent.

For more information, contact Steve Mayes at sgmayes@gmail.com or 409-722-5807

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