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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 September 10, 2016

Sabine Woods Work Day

 

We are planning a Work Day subject to conditions (weather, insect population) being acceptable. The large amount of rain in this summer resulted in luxuriant growth of both ground cover and shrubs. We have been able to have the "outside" areas brush hogged, but the trails need much attention. Other particular needs this time will be riding mowers that will pass through the wider trails, but we will also need loppers to cut back the vegetation on the sides of the trails. If you have hip or chest waders and a willingness to do some relatively light pruning on trees in the large pond, we will be able to use you. Please put this date on your calendar and help us if you can. We do realize that scheduling these work days is very difficult, and this is the only Saturday in September that we have not scheduled something ourselves or is a holiday weekend. Sabine Woods is 4.1 miles west of Sabine Pass on Highway 87. We will start around 7:30 a.m. and work till about noon.

 

Thursday September 15, 2016  7:00 p.m.

Membership Meeting

Garden Center, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont 

 

Antarctica

Hon. Milton G. ("Mickey") and Jenny Shuffield

 

The Antarctic continent at approximately 5.4 million square miles has a land mass that is larger than either Europe or Australia. (The Arctic includes no land and is merely frozen ocean.) Ice, averaging 6,200 feet thick, covers 98 percent of Antarctica, excluding only the northernmost reaches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctica is governed as a condominium by the 1959 Antarctic Treaty System, signed by the 12 originating nations, and subsequently by 38 others.

 

Wildlife includes four or five species of nesting penguins, as well as several species of seals and Right, Blue, Sei, Humpback, Minke, Fin, Sperm and Killer (Orca) whales. Some species of albatrosses, petrels, skuas, gulls and terns nest on the rocky shores during the Antarctic summer (our winter). This program will illustrate some of the birds and mammals of Antarctica seen on a photography trip with a National Geographic guide in 2015.

 

The Hon. Milton Shuffield is presiding judge of the 136th Civil District Court in Beaumont. Before becoming judge in 1995, he practiced for 14 years in civil litigation with Mehaffy & Weber (1981-1992) and Bernsen, Jamail & Goodson (1992-1995). He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law. Jenny Shuffield is active in conservation in Southeast Texas, and in the Magnolia Garden Club.

 

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.

 

Saturday September 17, 2016

Jefferson County Fall Migration Count

 

Contact John Whittle (johnawhittle@aol.com or 409-722-4193) for details of this county-wide count..

 

Saturday September 24, 2016

Field Trip to Smith Point Hawk Watch

 

Our leaders will be there from about 8:30 a.m. This trip will be one week later than our normal field trip schedule. Hopefully, this will be close to the peak of this year's Broad-winged Hawk migration, but there will always be some hawks. Days following a shift of winds to the north are often very productive. Any day from now through mid or late October should produce some migrating hawks.

 

To reach the Smith Point Hawk Watch site from Winnie, take Highway 124 south towards High Island. After 12 miles, turn right on FM1985 and follow it about 14 1/2 miles (four miles past the access road for Anahuac NWR) until it meets FM562. Follow FM562 (south) another 14 miles to Smith Point. At the end of FM562, there are usually signs to the Hawk Watch. Continue straight until almost reaching the bay, and turn left, bearing left again to the parking area next to the Hawk Watch Tower on the Candy Abshier Wildlife Management Area. It takes at least 90 minutes from the Golden Triangle to reach the site. This Field Trip is much more a come and go as you wish trip, and help on hawk identification is always available on the tower!

 

Our leaders may lead a group into the nearby woods looking for migrants, but you may stay on the tower if you wish. Mosquitoes are not normally a problem on the tower, although they almost always are in the woods. Availability of food and fuel is limited or non-existent in Smith Point, so bring your lunch!

 

The Smith Point Hawk Watch is conducted every day from August 1 through the end of October by the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory.