Welcome to the Golden Triangle Audubon Society

Photo credit: Dana Nelson, Cattail Marsh, December 18, 2018

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.

Announcements:

2020-21 Christmas Bird Counts

Please note that Covid-19 safety precautions will be followed. Only the counts which normally have a small number of participants will meet in the morning; others will distribute all assignments in advance. For those that do meet, it is recommended that only one member of each birding group gather outside their vehicles for distribution of assignments. Audubon's guidelines require restricting carpooling to "within existing familiar or social 'pod' groups." All legal and constitutional orders applicable to the jurisdiction(s) in which a count is conducted will be followed.

Please help the compilers in this difficult year by enabling them to plan in the week preceding the count, and avoiding any unnecessary last minute changes.

Beech Creek (TXBE): Tuesday, December 29, 2020

This count takes place in Tyler and Jasper Counties and includes Steinhagen Lake, the Beech Creek unit of Big Thicket National Preserve and Martin Dies State Park. Meet at the Corps of Engineers Picnic Area on FM92 immediately north of the intersection with FM1746 in Town Bluff at 6:30 AM. Sponsored by the Big Thicket National Preserve. Compiler: Sheila Hebert, sheilakhebert@hotmail.com (409-767-1216).

Bolivar Peninsula (TXBP): Thursday, December 17, 2020

This count circle in Chambers County includes High Island and Anahuac NWR. Newcomers are welcome to join! Compilers this year are Steve Mayes and David Sarkozi. If you are interested in participating, please contact Steve Mayes at sgmayes@hotmail.com.

Johnson Bayou - SW Louisiana (LAJB): Monday, December 14, 2020

Note: Audubon's CBC rules for Covid safety will be followed. Johnson Bayou CBC has a rich history beginning in 1976 to present. Though the count is located just across the state line in Louisiana, most participants are from Texas and everyone is welcome. While much of the area is private, local landowners have allowed access to their property for this count, areas rarely birded and normally inaccessible to birders at other times offering a good chance for rarities. Areas covered include beach, coastal cheniers, marsh and grasslands. Johnson Bayou is located off Hwy 82 in Louisiana just across from Pleasure Island, TX (east of Sabine Pass). From Port Arthur take Hwy 82 east for about 15 miles into LA. Please contact Gary Kelley (garymke@sbcglobal.net, telephone 409-679-1616) for more information, assignments and directions.

Orange County (TXOC): Friday, January 1, 2021.

Note: National Audubon's CBC rules for Covid safety will be followed. Habitat covers marsh, woodlands, and the Cow Bayou watershed. All are invited, even if you are not an experienced birder or are 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. The more pairs of eyes in a group, the more birds will be seen. Contact Gary Kelley (garymke@sbcglobal.net, telephone 409-679-1616), for more information.

Sea Rim State Park (TXSR): Tuesday December 22, 2020.

This count in Jefferson County includes Sea Rim SP, Texas Point NWR, and parts of J.D. Murphree WMA and McFaddin NWR as well as the Sabine Pass area. This year, all assignments will be made in advance; there will be no meeting in the morning and no countdown dinner. To participate, contact John Whittle (johnawhittle@aol.com, 409-722-4193) at least a week in advance. Be advised that public restrooms are very limited in the Sabine Pass area. If you are able to bring a boat for either shallow lake (Keith Lake area and Murphree) or the Sabine Neches Waterway, please contact John Whittle in advance. Sponsored by Golden Triangle Audubon Society. Check their website for any last minute updates. Contact John Whittle (johnawhittle@aol.com, 409-722-4193) for details.

Turkey Creek (TXTC): Saturday, December 19, 2020.

This count in Hardin and Tyler Counties includes the Turkey Creek and Hickory Creek Savannah Units of the Big Thicket National Preserve. Meet at the Big Thicket Visitor Center on US69 at FM420, about 7 miles north of Kountze at 6:30 AM. Sponsored by the Big Thicket National Preserve. Compiler: Sheila Hebert, sheilakhebert@hotmail.com (409-767-1216).