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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.

Upcoming Events

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.



Officers

Meeting: Thursday, January 18: 7:00 PM.
Birding Magee Marsh with David Hanson

David graduated from Stephen F Austin University in 1974 with a degree in Wildlife Biology and a minor in Forestry. He has been in the outdoors his whole life including being a waterfowl hunting guide for 15 years but started birding seriously only about 8 years ago. He was the birding program leader for Galveston FeatherFest for three years and has also led the bird counts at the Baytown Nature Center for four years. He is co-compiler for the Old River Christmas Bird Count and participates in several other Christmas Bird Counts each year. He currently serves on the Friends of Anahuac Refuge (FOAR) board of directors.

Magee Marsh, situated on the southern shore of Lake Erie, is a prime stopover for North American warblers during spring migration. Every year thousands of birders, photographers, and nature lovers flock to this location in spring to witness the unforgettable spectacle of large songbird concentrations preparing to migrate across the great lake toward their breeding grounds in the north. David will be sharing his Magee Marsh photos and experiences.

Our presentations take place at Rosenberg Library at 2310 Sealy St, 77550. This month we will be in the Harris Gallery. Doors open at 6:30 PM and we encourage all to come early to visit about recent outings and sightings.

Field Trip: Saturday, January 20: 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

For our first 2018 field trip, we are going to bird local! We'll meet at the south Aquarium parking lot of Moody Gardens and head out from there.

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