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Texas City Prairie Preserve and Texas City Dike Spring Migration, March 31, 8:00am

Led by Tim O’Connell (The Nature Conservancy)

Experience spring migration in Texas City for an awesome morning of birding. Meet at the Main Building of the Texas City Prairie Preserve at 8:00am. To get there from Houston: Go southonl-45 to FM 1764 (exit 16). Go east on FM 1764 to highway 146. Go under 146 and turn left. Go approximately 1.9 miles north. The gate entrance will be on your right after crossing Moses Bayou. (If you reach the flashing yellow light at Attwater Avenue you have passed us.) The building is 1/4 mile down the gravel road.

Bring your scopes for the TX Prairie. Later we will go as a group to the Texas City Dike. We will be birding by car, so we want to consolidate into no more than 4 cars so we all can get good looks. Walkie Talkies will be available. RSVP to Fieldtrip Coordinator Teresa Connell (505.280.7443, teresaconnell@live.com).

Kerr-Kimble-Bandera County Weekender
April 5-8, 2018

Coordinated by Nina Rach

This Ornithology Group trip will be begin at: Mo-Ranch, 2229 FM 1340, Hunt, Texas 78024 (275 miles west of Houston).
Reservations for Thurs, April 5, Tel: (800) 460-4401  www.moranch.org.
Fri & Sat night reservations (April 6 &7) at America’s Best Value Inns-The Legends Inn, 1908 Main St., Junction, Tel (325) 446-8644  www.redlion.com/junction ($75/2Q).
Kerr County – 312 species; Kimble County – 316 species; Bandera County – 301 species.
Thursday, April 5 – arrive at Mo-Ranch, check in, birding around the property (#4 Kerr Co. hot spot, 171 sp.) or at adjacent Kerr WMA (#2 Kerr Co. hot spot, 229 sp.). For dinner try Elaine’s Table- elainestable.com/TheTable/, or Hunt Rock Cafe- thehuntstore.com/hunt-store-cafe-menu/.
Friday, April 6 – Check out, drive to Ingram (20 min) to Heart of the Hills Fisheries Center (HOTW 069, #1 Kerr Co. hot spot, 237 sp.), guided by Paul Sellin (pjsellin@yahoo.com), adjacent Sunset cemetery (HOTW 070, 140 sp.). Lunch at a local restaurant, visit other hot spots around Ingram & Kerrville. Drive to Junction (50 min on I-10), check in to The Legends Inn for two nights.
Saturday, April 7 – South Llano River State Park (HOTW 093, #1 Kimble Co. hot spot, 261 sp.), Schreiner Park (HOTW 091, 163 sp., on river in town), Junction WTP, other spots.
Sunday, April 8 – Drive to Vanderpool (1 hr via US 83 S) to Lost Maples State Natural Area (HOTW 061, #1 Bandera Co. hot spot, 257 sp.), guided by Richard Redmond (ewigeon64@Hughes.net). Lunch at a café. https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lost-maples
There will be a small charge for the weekend. Proceeds to ONC’s Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary in San Jacinto County for the restrooms renovations: $45 for OG or TOS members; $60 for others.
Please make check payable to: Ornithology Group and mail to: Harlan Evans, 8100 Cambridge, #34, Houston, TX 77054

Trip Coordinator: Nina Rach, NRach@AutreVie.com, cell 281-433-0651.

Updated: 3/23/2018