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Mini Gator Tales
Attention beginner and expert birding enthusiasts!
Birding Workshop at Anahuac NWR
Monday, December 15
Ibis at Anahuac NWR photo by Danni Hill Previte
A FREE birding workshop is scheduled for 9am on Monday, December 15 at the Anahuac NWR Visitor Center on FM 563. The workshop is presented as a result of an exciting new partnership between Audubon Coastal Texas and the Friends of Anahuac Refuge. The goals of this partnership are to conduct monthly free workshops to train volunteers to identify waterbirds along the upper Texas coast including Anahuac NWR and other good birding locations in this coastal area. The waterbird monitoring project is needed to first establish a baseline of numbers of birds and secondly to use the information to manage waterbird populations by species.
Darlene Prescott and John Kemp at the FOAR booth at Buffalo Bayou Day in Houston
FOAR completed a sweep of outreach events this fall finishing with Kid's Day at Buffalo Bayou Day and Baytown's Nurture Nature Festival. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped at our booth! The events allow us to talk to thousands of people about National Wildlife Refuges in the Houston area.
Inventory and Monitoring along the Gulf Coast
-What is the Gulf Coast Zone?
-Wintering waterfowl habitat studies
-Upcoming projects and research
Click here to check it out!
Winter Gator Tales Coming Soon!
Check your mailboxes beginning in December for the winter issue of our full Gator Tales newsletter. Topics include: hunting on the refuge, winter birding, preview of 2015, and more.
National Wildlife Refuge System News
Wildfire at McFaddin NWR
Have you seen smoke coming up from the refuge before? That smoke is likely caused by a wildfire on the refuge. To reduce the risk of wildfires, USFWS firefighters regularly conduct prescribed burns to help restore wildlife habitat. While working on wildfires and prescribed fires, several terms are used.
Save the Date!
FOAR Annual Membership Meeting
Saturday, January 24th, 2015
Our Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, January 24th in Anahuac. All members are invited to attend to here about our accomplishments from this year, plans for 2015, and receive Friends volunteer recognition awards.
More details coming soon...
Buy a Book About the Refuge...
to Support the Refuge!
The 50th anniversary books are for sale at the Visitor Center and Visitor Information Station as well as online on our book project page. The book tells the story of the Anahuac NWR's 50th year through photographs and writing all done by volunteers. Profits from book sales go back to the Friends to pay for refuge projects.
The perfect gift for the nature lover in your life!
Don't Forget to Renew Your Membership!
Don't forget to renew your membership online via PayPal or by check in the mail. When renewing, we also encourage you to receive our full quarterly newsletter, Gator Tales, electronically. It saves trees, saves us printing costs, and gets you access to more content.