A FREE birding workshop is scheduled for April 4, 2015. Our speaker will be FOAR board member, David Sarkozi, a widely known expert birder. His topic is migrating birds on the upper Texas Coast. Click here to register.
Dickcissel photo by Norman Welsh
“Migration on the upper Texas Coast is spectacular, 38 species of Shorebirds, 38 species of Wood Warbler, and 50 species of Flycatchers, Thrushes, Vireos, Tanagers, Buntings and Orioles have been reported during the season in just Chambers and Galveston Counties. Join us for a showcase of what birds you can expect and what rarities to look out for as you explore the woodlots, prairies, and rice fields of Chambers County and Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.”
The workshop is presented as a result of a partnership between Audubon Coastal Texas and the Friends of Anahuac Refuge (FOAR). The goals of this partnership are to conduct free workshops to train volunteers to identify and count local birds, especially waterbirds, along the upper Texas coast including Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and other good birding locations in this coastal area. This bird monitoring project is needed to first establish a baseline of numbers of birds and secondly to use the information to manage bird populations by species.
These workshops will teach volunteers how to collect information by bird monitoring at the coastal locations such as Anahuac refuge. This workshop will be approximately one hour and will be paired with a 1-2 hour field trip which will help volunteers become comfortable with identifying birds and filling out the census form. Beginner and experienced birders are all welcome to participate.
The workshop will begin at 9:00 am until approximately 10:00 am April 4, 2015 at the USFWS Chenier Plains NWR Complex Headquarters (ANWR Visitor Center) on FM563 about 2 miles south of I-10 and 4 miles north of Anahuac. Then there will be a 1-2 hour bird survey in the field ending by 12pm. Bring your binoculars and favorite field guide, Audubon will bring extras for those who have none. Also, bring a bottle of water and a light snack for this event and wear weather appropriate clothing including walking shoes. For additional information contact Travis Lovelace, 409 277-9112 or 409 252-3454 or email at email@example.com .
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!