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.
Meeting: Thursday, February 15: 7:00 PM.
Making Galveston a More Bird-Friendly Community with Sarah Fluornoy
This presentation is a follow up to a Lights Out & More Workshop that was presented in Galveston in August of last year.
This presentation will also take place at the Rosenberg Library but we do not have a confirmation yet as to which room will be available. Please ask the library staff and they will direct you. Doors open at 6:30 PM and we encourage all to come early to visit about recent outings and sightings.
Field Trip: Saturday, February 17: 8:30 AM - Noon
The group will meet at the gazebo in El Franco Lee Park in south Houston. From the Beltway 8 feeder past Monroe/Pearland Parkway heading toward Beamer, turn right on Hall Road. Turn right at the gate leading into the park. Turn right at the road heading away from the El Franco Lee Community Center (9500 Hall Road). At the end of the road, there is the parking lot for the gazebo. The park has an improved birding trail around the wetlands with 2 two-story birding towers and a birding blind. We will hike this loop trail focusing on the wetlands to the left and woodlands to the right.
Alice Anne O'Donell
Houston Audubon Board Member
Julie Ann Brown