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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 monthly 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 2018 Schedule

September

Presentation: Thursday, September 20, 7 PM, Rosenberg Library

Flight Identification of Birds in Texas Presenter: Jim Stevenson. Doors open at 6:30 and everyone is invited to come early to visit about recent outings and sightings.

Smith Point Hawk Watch Field Trip: Saturday, September 22: 6:30 AM - 4 PM

Meet in Library Parking lot at 23rd St. and Sealy St. behind Ashton Villa (Galveston). Field trip to Smith Point Hawk Tower then birding various locations along the Bolivar Peninsula on the route back to Galveston. We will be driving 2 vans for those interested in riding along. Due to seating limitations, please contact Greg Whittaker (gwhittaker@moodygardens.org or 409.683.4101) to reserve your spot. We will meet in the Library parking lot behind Ashton Villa at the corner of 23rd and Sealy Streets (Galveston) departing promptly at 6:30 AM to ensure we make the 7 AM ferry. Once we load up, we are ferry bound so make sure you are on time. We will bird at the GCBO Hawk Watch Tower, then bird our way back to Galveston with potential stops in Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Rollover Pass and Bolivar Flats. We will lunch at Stingaree Restaurant in Port Bolivar and return at approximately 4 PM.


October

Presentation: Thursday, October 18, 7 PM, Rosenberg Library

Are You Sure of Your Shorebirds? Presenter: Kristine Rivers of Birding for Fun. Doors open at 6:30 and everyone is invited to come early to visit about recent outings and sightings.

East End Field Trip: Saturday, October 20: 8:30 AM - Noon

Meet at the east end of the Galveston seawall.


November

Presentation: Thursday, November 15: 7 PM

2018 Update on Nesting Shorebirds in Galveston County Presenter: Kristen Vale of American Bird Conservancy. Doors open at 6:30 and everyone is invited to come early to visit about recent outings and sightings.

Texas City Dike Field Trip: Saturday, November 17: 8:30 AM - Noon

Meet at the Texas City Dike Pavilion parking lot.


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