As usual, there will be no membership meetings in June or July. Our next meeting will be on THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Garden Center, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont, Texas. The program will be on the birds of Central Panama by John and Jana Whittle. Further details will be published in early August.
During the first half of August each year, Swallow-tailed Kites congregate in the Trinity River bottomlands between Liberty and Dayton for two or three weeks before they migrate south for the winter.
We will meet at 8:00 AM at the McDonalds at 1923 Highway 90 in Liberty. This is on the north side of the Highway at the intersection with Travis Street, one block west of Main St/Highway 227. Carpooling is highly desirable on this trip. The part of the trip looking for kites does not necessitate extensive walking, although the group will probably do quite a bit on the trails. The trip will probably not last much beyond noon.
We will check the area along Highway 90 between Liberty and Dayton, perhaps several times, and also the Liberty Municipal Park area. Recently, there have been trail improvements and a new boardwalk has been constructed so that a section of the Trinity River NWR can be easily accessed from the Park. We will check that area for early southbound migrants. In addition to the Swallow-tailed Kites, there are usually Mississippi Kites flying low in the residential areas of Liberty north of US 90. Depending on how wet the area is, there may be other birds characteristic of bottomlands.
For more information, contact Steve Mayes (firstname.lastname@example.org or 409-722-5807).