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Field Trips & Travel

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 meetings 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.

Fall 2017 Events


Jim Stevenson will begin our 2017-2018 Galveston County Audubon Group talks with a two-part series. Many birds that migrate through Galveston in the spring and fall breed in the Great Plains and Alaska. Jim will show us amazing photos, comparing breeding and the non-breeding plumages of our birds we see on the Upper Texas Coast. We'll also be shown where some species winter other than Texas. Join us for this "road trip" through some of our most beautiful lakes, mountains and grasslands where our birds summer and breed.

Thursday, September 21: 7:00 PM. Breeding and Winter Plumages - Part 1. Birds of the Great Plains

Thursday, October 19: 7:00 PM. Breeding and Winter Plumages - Part 2. Birds of Alaska

Our presentations take place in the Wortham Auditorium at the Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy St. Doors open at 6:30 PM and we encourage everyone to come visit about recent outings and sightings. The presentations begin at 7 PM.

Field Trips

Half-day field trips are on the Saturdays following the presentations.

Saturday, September 23: Bolivar Flats 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Meet at the parking area adjacent to Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary (next to the large bollards). We will bird the Bolivar area including Rollover Pass with a late lunch at a local restaurant.

Saturday, October 21: Galveston's West End 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Meet at Woody's/Pocket Park #1. We will bird the West End's fall hot spots with a late lunch at Nate's, a local West End restaurant.


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