Galveston County Audubon Group
The Galveston County Audubon Group (GCAG) of the Houston Audubon Society was organized in 1998. Conceived by Houston Audubon members, the goal was to provide local birders with access to speakers and activities without the need to travel to Houston. The Galveston County Audubon Group conducts monthly field trips, September through March. In December the field trip is replaced by participation in the Christmas Bird Count. Field trips usually focus on local birding hot spots.
In addition, we hold quarterly meetings jointly with the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council (GINTC). The meeting are held in the Wortham Auditorium on the first floor at the Rosenberg Library, 7 - 8 PM. We welcome guests to come at 6:30 PM to visit with other birders about their recent outings and sightings before the meeting. Membership is free and meetings and field trips are open to the public. We encourage membership in Houston Audubon Society, but it is not required.
GCAG members assist with Featherfest, Galveston Island State Park and the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council in leading local birding trips. In the past year, members have been very active in the restoration of Houston Audubon Society's Dos Vacas Muertas Bird Sanctuary, located on the west end of Galveston Island.
Thursday, March 9 Meeting: From Shore to Shore with Kristen Vale
Kristen is the Texas Coastal Program Coordinator for the American Bird Conservancy. Kristen will be talking about the amazing migrations shorebirds embark on each year and the challenges they face, with emphasis on the federally protected Red Knot and Piping Plover. She'll also cover some of the successes and challenges of the beach-nesting birds being monitored at East Beach and Bolivar Flats. Doors open at 6:30 and we encourage everyone to come early to visit about recent outings and sightings.
Saturday, March 11 Field Trip: East Beach
The group will meet at 8 AM at the east end of the Seawall.
Julie Ann Brown
Alice Anne O'Donell
Houston Audubon Board Member