Bus Trips for Houston Audubon Seniors
Are you over 50 and eager for birding and natural history adventures? Are you tired of driving through Houston traffic to reach a birding destination? We have the solution! Our monthly senior bus trips with buses provided free of charge by Harris County Precinct 3 as a senior service by Harris County Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack can easily satisfy your "natural" side. Houston Audubon books a bus every month for our Houston Audubon members who are 50 and over. We provide snacks, refreshments and an experienced tour guide at our destination.
Reservations are required and attendance will be limited to the bus capacity. The buses are provided by Precinct 3 free of charge. A small fee is charged by Houston Audubon to cover snacks, water, and any entry fee at destination. Participants will be required to sign Precinct 3 and HA liability release forms for the trip. Precinct 3 regulations require that all participants must be 50 years or older. Remember to bring your binoculars, insect protection, sturdy shoes, and raingear if necessary. For more information and trip updates, contact Mary Anne Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior bus trips depart from Memorial City Mall. You will receive directions and times when you register. Buses are kindly provided by Harris County Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack. You will need to bring your lunch in a soft-sided container and Houston Audubon will provide snacks, cold water, and an ice chest for your drinks, since we will not have room for everyone to bring their own ice chest. Note that there is no restroom on the county buses.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018: Evening on the Katy Prairie
The bus will depart at 3:30 pm from Memorial City Mall and return at 9:30 pm. The fee will be $15 and covers a light dinner on the prairie. We ask participants to bring a $5 donation to KPC.
We’ll start at the Katy Prairie Conservancy's (KPC's) Field Office for an introduction to the prairie. Then we'll explore grasslands, wetlands, and tree lines on property owned by KPC, which has helped protect over 20,000 acres in west Harris County and east Waller County, as well as a recently acquired conservation easement in Matagorda County. We hope to see a variety of water birds such herons, egrets, ibis, and ducks – plus migrating songbirds and shorebirds are always a possibility. At sunset we plan to be where we can observe the evening flight of wading birds and waterfowl, and maybe even see or hear a rail or owl. Please bring flashlights as we may linger until dark. Spotting scopes will be useful. Check out the Katy Prairie bird checklist on their website.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018: Smith Point Hawk Watch and Anahuac NWR
Monday, October 22, 2018: Destination TBD
Tuesday, November 27, 2018: Destination TBD
Thursday, December 20, 2018: Destination TBD