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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.

Winter 2019 Schedule

January

Presentation: Wednesday, January 16 at 7 PM, Rosenberg Library

A Wonderland of Winter Waterfowl
Presenter: Kristine Rivers of Birding for Fun!
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. The program begins at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm and everyone is encouraged to come early to share about recent outings and sightings.

Field Trip: Saturday, January 19: 8:30 AM - Noon

Leaders: Greg Whittaker, Alice Anne O’Donell
Where: Moody Gardens south Aquarium Parking lot – small lot immediately south of the blue pyramid, call 409.789.8125 for information.
We will meet at Moody Gardens as a starting point and give everyone the game plan for the trip. We can consolidate into carpools and we will have narration broadcast on an FM radio channel for caravan options.


February

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

Galveston’s Winter Songbirds
Presenter: Jim Stevenson
The program begins at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm and everyone is encouraged to come early to share about recent outings and sightings.

Field Trip: Saturday, February 23: 8:30 AM - Noon

Leader: Alice Anne O’Donell/Greg Whittaker
Where: Moody Gardens south Aquarium Parking lot – small lot immediately south of the blue pyramid, call 409.789.8125 for information.
We will meet at Moody Gardens as a starting point and give everyone the game plan for the trip. We can consolidate into carpools with likely stops at the Galveston Island State Park, Lafitte’s Cove Nature Preserve and Jim Stevenson’s house near Indian Beach.

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