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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

Meetings

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

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

Thursday, November 16: 7:00 PM. A Wonderland of Winter Waterfowl with Kristine Rivers

The Upper Texas Gulf Coast provides a variety of habitats that attract winter waterfowl and other water birds such as loons and grebes, making it a wonderful birding destination during the fall and winter months. Identification of these birds can be somewhat tricky, however! This interactive presentation will cover the different family groups and provide information about behavior, habitat, and plumage that can aid in identification. Bring your favorite field guide if you would like to practice your identification skills. Kristine has been an avid birder for more than 35 years. You may recognize her as one of the field trip leaders from FeatherFest, or from her years as an area leader on the Brazoria Columbia Bottomlands Christmas Bird Count. She is also the President of the Cradle of Texas Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists.

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.

Saturday, November 18: Texas City Dike 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

We will meet at 8:30 AM just inside the entrance to the Texas City Dike and begin by birding both sides of the dike.

Tuesday, December 19: Galveston Christmas Bird Count

Contact Richard Mayfield at rrichardm@verizon.net for more information.

 

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