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Armand Bayou Bird Survey

Next Monthly Survey: November 17, starting at 7 AM

We will hold our bird count at 7 AM, starting off from the front parking lot of Armand Bayou Nature Center, dispersing from there. Please try and be here by 7 AM as gates will lock promptly at 7:05. I really hope you all can join us as we can try to spread back across all of our many areas we typically bird. If we have enough volunteers, I would like to not only cover Armand Bayou and Bay Area Park but also UH Clear Lake, a few offsite lakes/ponds, and the Village Grove portion of upper Armand Bayou. If you plan on attending, feel free to shoot me an email or just show up!  Please join us if you can, looking forward to a nice morning and seeing everyone.
Andrew Hamlett (, Leader, Armand Bayou Nature Center Survey

September 8 Report

We had a great morning, tallying 70 individual species across 3 different sites with 25 volunteers turning out to help. A HUGE thank you. Some of you will remember from the countdown, we only had 68 species at the time; however, walking out toward the parking lot to leave, many heard 2 Barred Owls calling from the front pond. Then, while circling back toward the nature center after leaving, we saw Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on the wires which pushed us to 70 total species. Additionally, we also had 5 warbler species for the day, including several Canada, Yellow-breasted Chat, American Redstart, Hooded Warbler, and Black-and-white Warbler. Wood Storks were also seen flying near UHCL. As you can see, when we spread out as we did, covering more area, we almost always seem to do so much better. We had 6 individual groups including 4 on the Nature Center, 1 group covering UH Clear Lake and some outlying ponds, and another group at Village Grove on northern Armand Bayou. As always, I can’t thank you enough, I know we always have a great time out birding and spending time with you all, while also doing something for a good cause. Our next count is Saturday, 10/13/2018. Keep in mind also, the Christmas Bird Count on 12/15/2018. We will be sending out an official note on that soon.
Andrew Hamlett

Background Information

Armand Bayou Nature Center

The Armand Bayou Nature Center is one of the largest urban wildlife refuges in the United States. The 2,500 acres of the refuge include prairie wetlands, forested wetlands, marshes, and the bayou. It provides great birding opportunities in a convenient location in Clear Lake off Bay Area Blvd., near the Johnson Space Center. Andrew Hamlett has been leading monthly bird counts at Armand Bayou Nature Center for Houston Audubon since 2006. In addition to the nature center, Bay Area Park and the UH Clear Lake campus are also surveyed if there are enough participants. Counts are held on the second Saturday of each month.