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Meetings and Field Trips

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.


Membership Meeting

Thursday April 16, 2015  7:00 p.m.

Garden Center, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont  

Birds of Northern New Mexico

Terry Ferguson

This program will describe the birds to be found in New Mexico in a 30-mile stretch from Wild Rivers Recreation Area through Red River up to Bobcat Pass. This is an area that is not heavily birded, but has a lot of interesting mountain birds. Many of the pictures will feature birds at her extensive feeder set up in Red River, where one side of her house is all glass.

Terry is an avid birder, with more than 600 North American birds on her life list, and is a member of Texas Ornithological Society and American Birding Association. She was born and grew up in Orange, Texas, and graduated from Orangefield High School. She has a degree in education from Stephen F. Austin University, and taught school for 29 years. In March 2010, her husband Tracy was appointed as Superintendent of Sea Rim State Park. They lived in a trailer at the park until August 2012, when Tracy retired, and they moved to Red River. Many will remember when a Snow Bunting showed up outside her trailer at Sea Rim in June 2011 but none of us could get there because marsh fires caused Highway 87 to be closed between Sabine Pass and Sea Rim. In addition, she took the first pictures that enabled the identification of the Tropical Mockingbird at Sabine Woods in April 2012 to be confirmed. 

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 Sabine Woods and Vicinity

Saturday April 18, 2015.

This trip will look for Neotropical migrants at the height of spring migration. We will assemble at Sabine Woods at 7:30 a.m. (You should be able to find the group if you are unable to be there quite that early.)
At Sabine Woods, there is a small parking area, with additional parking is improvised using the roadside verges.  Portable toilets are available at the entrance.
This trip will seek Neotropical migrants at the height of spring migration, and involves relatively easy walking on the trails at Sabine Woods to look for migrant songbirds, although another option is to sit at the drip and wait for the birds to come to you. However, Hurricane Ike completely destroyed the boardwalks, and the trails may be muddy and slippery if it has rained in the prior day or two. Armadillos are active, so there may be holes to avoid! There is a $5 sanctuary pass donation at Sabine Woods for those who are not members of Golden Triangle Audubon or Texas Ornithological Society. This field trip is especially suited for not-very-experienced birders. Often, we break into smaller groups, with an experienced birder in each group. 
Bring insect repellant. Most participants will bring lunch. Facilities in Sabine Pass are limited, although gasoline and very limited food are now available.
Birding in late April can be exciting. However, we cannot promise anything, as the number of birds in the coastal woodlots is highly dependent on the weather conditions over the Gulf. Immediately after a cold front passes and the following day are usually considered to be among the most likely days to have a good concentration of migrants at favored coastal locations.
Sabine Woods is on the north side of Highway 87, 4.1 miles west of the stop sign in Sabine Pass. Take Highway 87 from Port Arthur to Sabine Pass, turn right at the stop sign, and go 4.1 miles.

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