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 April 19, 2018

Garden Center, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont  7:00 p.m.

The Beauty of Birds

Photographs by Dr. Spencer Moore


      Dr. Moore has been involved in photography for 48 years, beginning when he was in University of Houston College of Optometry. In the 1970’s and 1980’s he did extensive darkroom work and darkroom demonstrations at Padgitts Camera Store in Waco.

      His eagle pictures have been on the front page of the Waco Tribune Herald over 10 times. He has also been published in Birds and Blooms, Nature Photography Magazine, Nature Magazine, Alaska Magazine, Shutterbug Magazine, Landscapes Magazine, the Long Island Newspaper, and Yankee Magazine.

      The Art Center of Waco has had shows featuring his photography, one of which featured the Lake Waco eagles. The Arboretum in Waco also had a show featuring his photographs. His photos were selected for showing at the Art Center in Granbury and the Creekside Gallery in Belton. The CAST, Creative Art Studio & Theater, in Waco, featured Dr. Moore’s photographs for two exhibits. He now has photographs with Texas Fine Artists on display at Springhill Suites in Waco and the Hewitt Public Library. The Art Forum in Waco and Klassy Glass restaurant currently have his photographs on display.

      He has done photography for interior designers for use in offices, banks, and restaurants. He has done extensive commercial photography for businesses in Waco, and The Glen Eyrie Castle and Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For several years he has photographed for the city of Waco and Baylor University athletics. He teaches photography and has judged numerous photo contests.

      Dr. Moore is a retired optometrist, having practiced in Waco for 40 years. He and Jeanie have been married 46 years. They have two grown children who are married, and five grandchildren. Dr. Moore features his photography on his website

      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 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.

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.

Almost immediately turn left at the conservatory into the parking lot for the Garden Center.


Saturday April 21, 2018

Field Trip to Sabine Woods

This trip will look for Neotropical migrants at the height of spring migration. We will assemble at Sabine Woods at 7:30 a.m. (You should be able to find the group if you are unable to be there quite that early.)

        At Sabine Woods, there is a small parking area, with additional parking improvised using the roadside verges. Portable toilets are available at the entrance during spring migration.

      This trip will seek Neotropical migrants at the height of spring migration, and involves relatively easy walking on the trails at Sabine Woods to look for migrant songbirds, although another option is to sit at one of the drips and wait for the birds to come to you. The trails may be muddy and slippery if it has rained in the prior day or two. Armadillos and feral pigs have been very active, so there will be holes to avoid! There is a $5 sanctuary pass donation at Sabine Woods for those who are not members of Golden Triangle Audubon or TOS. This field trip is especially suited for not-very-experienced birders. Often, we break into smaller groups, with an experienced birder in each group.

      Bring insect repellant. Most participants will bring lunch. Facilities in Sabine Pass are limited, although gasoline and very limited food are available.

        Sabine Woods is on the north side of Hwy 87, 4.1 miles west of the stop sign in Sabine Pass. Take Highway 87 from Port Arthur to Sabine Pass, turn right at the stop sign, and go 4.1 miles.