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.
There will, as usual, be no membership meetings in June or July. Our next meeting will be on THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. in the Garden Center, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont, Texas. Michael Cooper will present a program on the birds of Costa Rica.
We are always looking for programs that will be of interest to our members, so please let us know if you have a program to present, or know of someone who can.
The next issue of the Brown Pelican will be a combined July/August issue, to be published in early August.
August 5, 2023
Field Trip to Liberty Area.
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 also be on the lookout for Wood Storks and even Limpkins.
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. 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. The relatively new Knobby Knees trail and boardwalk of the Trinity River NWR can be easily accessed from the Park. The part of the trip looking for kites does not necessitate extensive walking, but the trail does. We will check the trail for early migrants and a few other songbirds that may well nest in that area. In addition to the Swallow-tailed Kites, there will typically be Mississippi Kites flying low over the residential areas of Liberty north of US 90.