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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.

Orange County Christmas Bird Count: Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Habitat covers marsh, woodlands, and the Cow Bayou watershed. All are invited, even if you are n only able to bird for part of the day. Feeder watchers are welcome to participate. Let us know in advance and we will find a suitable group for you to join. Contact Gary Kelley (garymke@sbcglobal.net, telephone 409-679-1616), for more information.

Membership Meeting

Thursday January 17, 2019 7:00 p.m.

Garden Center, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont 

 

Davis Mountains Hummingbird Celebration

Dana Nelson and Harlan Stewart

 

Last August, Dana Nelson and Harland Stewart were in a group of members who made a trip out to the Davis Mountains Hummingbird Celebration in Fort Davis. Among the attractions in the area are several species of hummingbird, including the much sought after Lucifer Hummingbird as well as Black-chinned, Broad-tailed and Rufous Hummingbirds.

 

On the way there, they stopped at Llano Rover State Park in Junction, Texas, and on the way back they visited Garner and Lost Maples State Parks.

 

The program will be illustrated by photographs taken on this trip.

 

Saturday January 19, 2019

Field Trip to Cattail Marsh, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont

Meet at the parking lot for Cattail Marsh at 8:00 a.m. The parking lot is accessed from the loop road round the main picnic areas in Tyrrell Park. Many birds can be seen from the boardwalk with minimal walking, but the group will probably make a leisurely three-or-so-mile hike round the various cells in the marsh. Be advised that, while you can turn around and retrace your steps at any point, there are no meaningful "shortcuts" after you start on the levee between cells 3 and 4. If you don't want to walk that far, there will be someone on the boardwalk to help you identify the many birds in the near cells. Walking is on the levees; the main ones are graveled, but some of the interior ones are essentially mowed grass. This will be a good trip for beginning to intermediate birders, as most of the waterfowl and wading birds are relatively easy to study in the open water areas.

 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 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 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.