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Shorebird Identification Workshop in Brazoria County, Saturday March 23, 6:45 am

Led by Ron Weeks

Limit to 16 Participants. Beginning Birders Welcome! 6:45 am to noon.

Come join Ron share his favorite hotspots and learn how to distinguish the many shorebirds and their calls. This trip start early because Ron’s secret to success is starting just before sunrise. He will be focusing on sharing his fine tuned skills and being one of the top eBirders in Texas, were in for a real treat! The focus is on shorebirds; however we will get to see many other species too. Join us for lunch afterwards at one of Ron’s favorite stops.

Contact Teresa Connell (505-280-7443) to get on this list including the meeting spot or location pinpoint for smartphones.

April 11-14 – SAT: Galveston FeatherFest.

Beach Babies Field Trip, April 27, 9:00 am

Led by Kristen Vale

Join American Bird Conservancy’s (ABC) Kristen Vale at East Beach where she will guide you around the beach-nesting bird habitat that ABC and partner Houston Audubon have been protecting for 6 breeding seasons. Meet at R.A. Apffel East Beach Park, 1923 Boddeker Rd, Galveston, TX 77550 at 9 am; the trip should end at noon. You can park in the free parking lot on the east side of Boddeker Rd (left side) directly before the East Beach entrance fee station.
The habitat is nesting grounds for a rare population of Snowy Plovers, as well as Wilson’s Plovers, Least Terns, Willets, and Horned Larks. Love will be in the air and we are likely to witness courtship behavior, adults incubating nests, and if we’re lucky Snowy Plover chicks. We will also walk around the South Jetty to observe migrating shorebirds, terns, gulls, and skimmers feeding and roosting along the shoreline. Migrating warblers are often spotted in the dunes as well. This fundraiser will help continue to fund conservation in action by putting boots on the ground, as well as signs and fencing around the sensitive nesting habitat to protect the habitat and increase nest success. 

This is an OG fundraiser for the American Bird Conservancy; suggested donation is $10.

May 4 – SAT: Leader and location TBD

Updated: 3/22/2019