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 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. The address for the Rosenberg Library is 2310 Sealy Street, Galveston, TX 77550. We welcome guests to come at 6:30 PM to visit with other birders about their recent outings and sightings before the meeting. Meetings are scheduled in September, October, November, January, February, and March.
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.
September Presentation: Thursday, September 26, 7 PM, Rosenberg Library
Migration at Smith Point Hawk Watch Tower presented by Jim Stevenson
The subject for the September meeting will be a preview of what we might see at the Smith Point Hawk Watch Tower two days later. It centers around migrating raptors but also encompasses other birds on the move, migrating south with the birds of prey. The centerpiece of the avian movement down the Peninsula will be Broad-winged Hawks, with modest numbers of other buteos, more accipiters, vultures, falcons, harriers and possible an eagle. Along with them are several species from other assorted groups, such as Anhinga, storks, ducks, ibis, swallows, flycatchers and hummingbirds. These birds will be the topic of the slide show presentation and a good tune-up for the field trip.
September Field Trip: Saturday, September 28: Smith Point Hawk Watch Tower
We leave the parking lot PROMPTLY at 6:40 AM. Transportation for the trip will be provided with vans and the group meets in the parking lot across from the GINTC Office at 6:40 AM Saturday morning to make the 7 AM Ferry. The lot is across from the Library entrance, on the south side, corner of 23rd and Sealy. When we leave the Tower, we may visit Anahuac NWR and will likely eat seafood for lunch. A stop or two will follow as we work our way back to Galveston, returning midafternoon.
October Presentation: Thursday, October 24, 7 PM, Rosenberg Library
Rat-a-tat-tat! Who's That? Nature's Drummers, presented by Kristine Rivers of Birding for Fun
Woodpeckers are fascinating birds with amazing physiological adaptations and behavioral habits. This presentation discusses how their anatomical structure protects them from injury, then takes a closer look at the species that are common in our area.
October Field Trip: Saturday, October 26: Brazos Bend State Park
Our October field trip will be to Brazos Bend State Park. This will be a all day trip returning mid-afternoon. Gather at 7:50 AM with the van leaving Moody Gardens Aquarium parking lot (lot immediately south of the blue pyramid) PROMPTLY at 8 AM. For our mainlanders, join the group by meeting at the BBSP parking lot at 40-acre Lake at 9:30 AM. Bring a PICNIC LUNCH, as there are no nearby restaurants. This is a chance to practice your woodpecker ID skills. For starters we could see Northern Flicker, Pileated, Downy, and Red-bellied woodpeckers. Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Wood Duck, American Bittern, and Purple Gallinule. Three species of wrens and sparrows are just some of the many birds we will see on this trip. And, oh yes, expect to see a Vermilion Flycatcher!
Chair & Houston Audubon Board Member
Alice Anne O'Donell
Field Trip Coordinator
Julie Ann Brown