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 16, 2017  7:00 p.m.

Garden Center, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont


"Birding on Business Trips"

Art MacKinnon


Some of us are fortunate at some point in our careers to travel nationally or internationally on business (i.e. with a company or organization paying all or most of the travel expenses). Inevitably, there are some trips on which there are periods with no business activity which thereby present a birding opportunity. Sometimes it is even possible to extend a trip (at one's own expense) to provide further birding opportunities.


Art MacKinnon grew up in Silsbee and attended Silsbee High School, graduating in 1985. He has birded for 39 years, and recalls starting on the Neches River and along Fire Tower Road. He will illustrate his talk with pictures of and from some of his favorite birding locations.


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 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 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 3mile 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 March 18, 2017

Field Trip to Boykin Sprlngs

This is a new destination for one of our field trips. The area is famous in birding circles as the area in the region to find Red-cockaded Woodpecker and Bachman's Sparrow. The area also offers the possibility of finding Henslow's Sparrow and White-breasted Nuthatch, although the chances of finding these are significantly lower. Of course, we should also find many of the more common East Texas woodland species as well.

      Because the logistics involved in this trip are somewhat complicated, we ask that those intending to participate register in advance by emailing Steve Mayes at or by telephone at 409-722-5807. In either case please provide a cell phone number for use in case we have problems assembling on the morning or get separated during the day.

      We will assemble in the parking lot of the 24-hour Walmart on the west side of Jasper. Most coming from the south will do so by way of Highway 96. In the center of Jasper, turn left along Highway 190 and proceed 1.2 miles to the Walmart on the right. We will meet in the NW corner of the parking lot.

      If you approach Jasper on Highway 190, the Walmart is on that highway just east of the point where westbound Highway 63 and westbound Highway 190 diverge southwest of Jasper.

      We will caravan the 20 miles or so along Highway 63 to the Boykin Springs area. The road in is described as Forest Service Road 313 in most directions, but most on-line maps and probably most GPS show it as County Road 348. We will focus initially on the various forest roads in the area in search of Red-cockaded Woodpecker and Bachman's Sparrow

      The entrance road leaves Highway 63 just inside Angelina County, but the Campground and Picnic area are in Jasper County.