Photo credit: Dana Nelson, Cattail Marsh, December 18, 2018
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.
Thursday February 15, 2024 7:00 p.m.
Garden Center, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Stephanie Martinez has been with the Texas Chenier Plain Refuges Complex for 23 years. She graduated from Port Neches Groves High School, and then joined the Army. After she returned home, she got her degree in Biology from Lamar University, Beaumont. Her teacher told her of an internship at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and said it would be a good fit so she chose to do that for pennies instead of a “real” job after she graduated. Her internship led to three temporary jobs with the Refuge and a research position studying Mottled Ducks with Texas Tech on Anahuac NWR before they hired her fulltime. Her official title is “outdoor recreation planner” but she is also the volunteer coordinator and is in charge of the education program. She helps with visitor services, maintenance, the biological program, tours, presentations like this one, and special events. She absolutely loves her job and is amazed that, after 20+ years, she gets to see and learn new things. She currently lives in Wallisville with her husband and her 18-year-old son (when he's home from college) and she loves gardening with native plants, cooking and traveling with her family.
Her talk will cover the refuge in general; overview of the system, types of habitats, management tools and include Hurricane Ike information. she will include different locations that are accessible and plans for the future.
We plan to have the doors open no later than 6:00 p.m., the meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. sharp.
Saturday February 17, 2024
Field Trip to the Hawk Club in Bridge City.
This is a new field trip to a property due south of Bridge City near the Sabine River. We have been fortunate to be allowed access to this private property that is not routinely accessible to the public.
We will meet at the McDonald's at 755 Texas Avenue (Highway 87/73 and Ferry Dr) in time to leave there at 7:30 am. From there we will convoy to The Hawk Club located on East Roundbunch Rd. Once on the property we will bird from the vehicles as well as be able to hike, for those that would like to. The feel of the property is that of a wildlife refuge. The property has diversity; pasture, flooded fields, ponds, canals, and wooded areas. The land diversity allows for a nice diversity of birds. The area supports waterfowl and waterbirds, some raptors, and a variety of woodland passerines, and has produced a good variety of species in the Orange County CBC in recent years.
The gate to the property is kept locked, so we will not be able to accommodate latecomers. The field trip will not last beyond about 12:30 pm. Carpooling is highly desirable, but it is suggested that any vehicles thus needing to be parked at the meeting location be parked in the south part of the large lot serving the adjacent Walmart and other nearby stores, as parking round the McDonald's is severely limited.