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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.

OG Waller County Spring Trip

Led by John Berner (E-Bird reviewer for Harris County), Saturday, May 12, 7 am

Enjoy the final OG trip of the season on the Follmer Ranch. Reagan Follmer has graciously allowed us to bird on his properties on Clemons Switch Road. We will bird at our meeting place on Clemons Switch Road for about 45-60 minutes before consolidating cars and driving a short distance to the confluence of Irons Creek and the Brazos River. We will meet at 7:00 am and finish around 11-11:30 am.

Location Details: the meeting spot does not have an address, but can be located using Google Maps at coordinates: 29.8164, -96.019. Clemons Switch Road is west of Pattison, off FM1458. The meeting place takes about 30 minutes west from the intersection of Beltway 8 and State Highway 6. Look for a gate and dirt driveway in a field along a row of huge trees next to an oxbow lake.

Assuming the gate is open, we will park near the large trees and oxbow along the dirt driveway to the SE. If the gate is closed, we will park near the gate along Clemons Switch Road. 

Please arrive by 7:00 am. For those arriving (slightly) late, you should be able to catch up with the group. For those who wish to start earlier, John will be birding at sunrise (6:30am).

Important: There are NO bathroom facilities. Please use restrooms in Brookshire, near FM359 at I-10 (Flying J Truck Stop or other fast-food establishments). Lunch can be brought with you or eaten in Brookshire after the trip. 
RSVP: Fieldtrip Coordinator Teresa Connell
(505.280.7443, teresaconnell@live.com); maximum of 14 participants.

Updated: 4/2/2018