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You are welcome to attend monthly meetings, featuring speakers on birding and natural history topics, and including a delicious member-provided evening meal -- with desserts! Our monthly field trips are fun and educational, and focus on locations along the coast, marshes, prairies, and forests of the area.

 

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Membership Meeting

Thursday August 21, 2014  7:00 p.m.

Garden Center, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont  


Speakers: Jana and John Whittle

Birds of Costa Rica


Costa Rica has a rich avifauna! The Central American country, bordered on the northwest by Nicaragua and the southeast by Panama, has moist lowlands bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, and a range of volcanic mountains, rising to over 10,000 feet, with a more densely populated Central Valley between two of the Cordilleras. A country of about 20,000 square miles, about 1/14th the size of Texas, Costa Rica boasts a bird list of about 900 species. 
The talk will describe some of the bird species seen on a ten day trip in April of this year, visiting five varied birding destinations, ranging from the La Paz Waterfall Gardens just above the Central Valley, the lowlands of the Selva region in the north, the Arenal Volcano, Carara National Park on the northwest Pacific Coast, to the Savegre mountain valley high in the Talamanca Cordillera. The talk will be illustrated by photographs and video taken on the trip. In addition to the poster bird of Costa Rica, the Resplendent Quetzal, birds seen included twenty five species of hummingbirds, thirteen species of parrots, eleven species of "true" tanagers as well as toucans, many flycatchers and other tropical species.
We will plan on having the doors open by 6:00 p.m. and the program will start at 7:00 p.m. sharp. A light supper will be available from 6:15 p.m.


Directions to Garden Center in Tyrrell Park


From the south

Go "north" on US69/96/287 around the south side of Beaumont.
Take Texas 124 (south or west, whichever it is signed) towards Fannett (left turn under the highway).
Travel about a mile to the first light.
At the first light, turn left onto Tyrrell Park Road and go about 1/2 mile.
Turn left into Tyrrell Park through the nice new arch.
Almost immediately turn left at the conservatory into the parking lot for the Garden Center.

From IH10

Exit at Walden Road on the west side of Beaumont
Go south of Walden Road for about 1/2 mile to the first light
At the light go straight over Highway 124 onto Tyrrell Park Road and go about 1/2 mile.
Turn left into Tyrrell Park through the nice new arch.
Almost immediately turn left at the conservatory into the parking lot for the Garden Center.


Field Trip to Bolivar Flats

Saturday August 23, 2014


Meet leader Steve Mayes at the vehicle barrier at Bolivar Flats at 8:30 a.m. Take Highway 124 south from Winnie about 20 miles through High Island. At the shoreline, turn right along Highway 87 and proceed approximately 25 miles through Gilchrist and Crystal Beach until you come to the intersection with Loop 108. At that intersection, turn left (south -- the opposite direction from Loop 108) on Rettilon Road to the beach. If conditions permit, drive onto the sand and turn right to the vehicle barrier (about 1/2 mile). It is about a 90-minute drive, with no allowance for stops, from Beaumont or mid-County to the Flats.  We will visit High Island on the way home, checking there for migrants.

 
You will need a Galveston County Bolivar Beach Parking Permit,
obtainable for $10 from most merchants on the Peninsula, to park
on the beach.

 

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