Bus Trips for Houston Audubon Seniors
Are you over 50 and eager for birding and natural history adventures? Are you tired of driving through Houston traffic to reach a birding destination? We have the solution! Our monthly senior bus trips with buses provided free of charge by Harris County Precinct 3 as a senior service by Harris County Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack can easily satisfy your "natural" side. Houston Audubon books a bus every month for our Houston Audubon members who are 50 and over. We provide snacks, refreshments and an experienced tour guide at our destination.
Reservations are required and attendance will be limited to the bus capacity. The buses are provided by Precinct 3 free of charge. A small fee is charged by Houston Audubon to cover snacks, water, and any entry fee at destination. Participants will be required to sign Precinct 3 and HA liability release forms for the trip. Precinct 3 regulations require that all participants must be 50 years or older. Remember to bring your binoculars, insect protection, sturdy shoes, and raingear if necessary. For more information and trip updates, contact Mary Anne Weber at email@example.com.
Senior bus trips depart from Memorial City Mall. You will receive directions and times when you register. Buses are kindly provided by Harris County Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack. You will need to bring your lunch in a soft-sided container and Houston Audubon will provide snacks, cold water, and an ice chest for your drinks, since we will not have room for everyone to bring their own ice chest. Note that there is no restroom on the county buses.
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Saturday, February 11, 2017: Evening on the Katy Prairie
This special bus trip is from 3 PM to 8 PM. We'll depart from Memorial City Mall.
We’ll start at the Katy Prairie Conservancy's (KPC's) Field Office for an introduction to the prairie. Then we'll explore grasslands, wetlands, and tree lines on property owned by KPC, which has helped protect approximately 20,000 acres in west Harris County and east Waller County. We hope to see a variety of wintering birds such as sparrows, hawks, and waterfowl. At sunset we plan to be where we can observe the evening flight of maybe Sandhill Cranes or Long-billed Curlews, or possibly wading birds and waterfowl, plus maybe a Short-eared Owl or two. Please bring flashlights as we may linger until dark. Spotting scopes will likely be useful. Check out the Katy Prairie bird checklist at http://www.katyprairie.org/birding/.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017: Sabine Ranch
This bus trip is from 8 AM to 5 PM. Note: This trip is currently SOLD OUT.
Located just 30 miles southeast of Port Arthur, Texas, the Sabine Ranch is located within the Chenier Plain, a dynamic wetlands ecosystem on the Texas-Louisiana coastline. At 12,356 acres, Sabine Ranch is a critical component of the largest contiguous coastal freshwater marsh system in Texas. The coastal prairie and marshlands found on Sabine Ranch provide wildlife habitat and serve as a coastal buffer for hurricanes and storm surges. Protection of the Sabine Ranch, almost entirely within the McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) boundary, is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) top conservation priority for the Upper Texas Coast. Multiple federal, state and private organizations have identified Sabine Ranch as a high-value wintering waterfowl area since the 1970’s.
This is an all-day field trip departing from Memorial City Mall at 8 AM.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017: Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
This trip is from 8 AM to 3 PM.
Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center is a premier 312-acre Harris County Precinct 4 nature preserve open daily to visitors. The park features a variety of plant and wildlife species, white sand beaches along Spring Creek, swamps and sloughs with century-old cypress trees, and a pristine floodplain located in a hardwood and pine forest. All features are accessible by over eight miles of paved, handicap-friendly pedestrian trails and several unpaved primitive trails. This is an all-day trip departing from Memorial City Mall at 8 AM. We will visit the nature center and enjoy the many miles of hiking trails at the park.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017: High Island and Bolivar Flats
This bus trip is from 8 AM to 4 PM.
This trip will include visiting the rookery at Houston Audubon’s Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary and a visit to the Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary with a stop at rollover pass. Nesting Roseate Spoonbills and egrets will be a highlight along with terns and shorebirds on the beach. This is an all day trip leaving Memorial City Mall at 8 AM. We will ride the ferry on the trip back to Houston and look for dolphins and additional birds.
Monday, June 5, 2017
Registration and destination coming soon.