Announcements

                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 November 15, 2018  7:00 p.m.

Garden Center, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont 

 Your Favorite Bird Pictures and Pot Luck Dinner

 

The favorite bird pictures programs have been so well received that we are doing another program of members' favorite bird pictures. Dr. Harlan Stewart has again volunteered to prepare all photos submitted in advance into a Powerpoint presentation. Each member's pictures will be prefaced by an introductory "slide." This will indicate the photographer and could indicate where the pictures were taken, if all at the same place, or that information can be in the caption to each picture, along with other information. Viewers have especially requested that the identity of the bird be shown. The contributors of the pictures may, if they desire, talk briefly about their pictures, or they can allow the pictures to stand on their own. The pictures should be bird related, but do not need to be exhibition quality, especially if the subject is especially interesting for any reason.

 

In order to prepare a combined presentation, we will need to have the pictures by Saturday November 10. They can be emailed as attachments to Harlan at hstewartmail@gt.rr.com  If necessary, send several separate emails to avoid exceeding the limits set by your email provider.

 

We will also be able to show other presentations that you prepare yourself if they are on a flash drive, and are in the Powerpoint format (preferred) or are a series of jpg files.

 

Elections

 We will hold our annual elections at this meeting. Dana Nelson's term as President continues through the end of 2019. All other 2019 officer and board member positions will be elected at this meeting. If you have any suggestions, please contact a member of the Nominations Committee: John Haynes, Gary Kelley, or Dana Nelson.

 

Field Trip to West Jefferson County

Saturday November 17, 2018

In recent years, this has been one of our most successful field trips. The area is well known for its birds of prey, which in past years have included Bald and Golden Eagles, Crested Caracaras and White-tailed Hawks in addition to the more "expected" Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers, and American Kestrels. In some years we have seen White-tailed Kites and Merlins.

The area is well known as the wintering ground of what has become a large (about 1,000 strong) flock of Sandhill Cranes and is also one of the best places to see sparrows in the area. The cranes do not usually arrive until very late in October or early in November, and we are anxious to hear of any sightings in the week or so before this trip. In wet years, there can be lots of waterfowl including geese and many duck species as well as ibis and other waterbirds. This trip four years ago found a Mountain Bluebird, which stayed all winter and was visited by birders from all over the region.

Meet at 8 a.m. at the intersection of FM365 and Johnson Road (on the “north/west” side of Johnson Road at that intersection). From the intersection of Interstate 10 and FM365 in Fannett, proceed along FM365 (towards Nome) for about six miles. Shortly after you emerge out of the woodlands, South China Road goes to the right (east then north) and immediately afterwards, on the left, is Johnson Road. There is a green G and A Turf Farm sign on Johnson Road at the intersection. There is good space on the side of Johnson Road at that intersection to leave vehicles safely off the road, and we need to consolidate into as few vehicles as possible. Email gtaudubon@aol.com for further information.