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Purple Martins & Chimney Swifts Monday 8-11-2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by pam smolen   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 15:21

Purple Martin and Chimney Swifts - summer urban field trip - Monday, August 11 at 7:30 pm


Join us at Gordan Park behind the Fountains in Stafford at 7:30 pm to view Purple Martins.  About 8:00 pm we will go to Lakeview Elementary School to count  Chimney Swifts. 


The Fountains is a shopping center in Stafford at Hwy 59 and Kirkwood. If you take 59 south, exit Kirkwood and turn right onto Fountain Lake Drive. Turn left into the shopping center. The martins congregate at Gordon Park behind the center. They drink at the ponds and then perch in the trees and wires at the park and around the shopping center. The park is on Fountain Lake Drive directly behind the shopping center.

Hope to see you Monday!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 August 2014 15:24 )
Aug 4 , 2014 Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Valdez   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 19:30

Our speaker for Aug 4 will be Greg Lavaty, who is a magnificent birder and photographer, and who now works as a bird photography guide. He will be talking about birding in Peru. For more information about Greg and his passion, look at his web site,   http://www.texastargetbirds.com

Our meetings are held at the Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet in southwest Houston. (It's in a county park west of the intersection of Hillcroft & Bissonnet.) Check the big white board near the entrance for possible Meeting Room changes.

Monday night's schedule: 

6:30 pm Learning Corner: Mark Meyer will be talking about Willow Waterhole, located near Westbury High School.

7:00 pm Ornithology Group (OG) Business Meeting

7:30 pm Program: Greg Lavaty, Birding in Peru

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 August 2014 17:11 )
2014 Spoonbills PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 December 2013 14:11


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Field Trips Being Planned Now PDF Print E-mail
Written by Deborah Valdez   
Saturday, 19 July 2014 19:11


Monthly, quarterly, and week-long field trips are currently being planned for the upcoming birding year.  Please keep checking this website!
 So far there are 2 scheduled trips for August: Monday night, Aug 11 at 7:30 pm for Swifts and Purple Martins--see the article--AND Saturday, Aug 16 at 7 am for the Willow Waterhole reserve--see the article.
Dates have not yet been set for other trips. Possible local destinations include Brazos Bend State Park, Katy Prairie, Sheldon Lake State Park, San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Park, Baytown Nature Center, Smith Point, Stephen F Austin State Park, Riverpark Nature Trail, Bear Creek Park, W G Jones State Forest, Deer Park Prairie, Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary, and El Franco Lee Park.
We are talking about several quarterly (4 day weekend)  trips to east Texas, the Valley and the Matagorda area. Longer trips are being planned to Mexico, Ecuador and Big Bend.
I'm sure there are more good spots--if you have any votes or suggestions, please email Debbie at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 August 2014 17:10 )
About the "OG" PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 October 2008 20:13

The Ornithology Group (OG) of the Outdoor Nature Club is a group whose mission is to promote the study and appreciation of wild birds and encourage their conservation.  We are comprised of individuals of every degree of expertise, from beginning birders to experts.  Some members focus on bird identification and listing, some enjoy studying bird behavior and habitat, and some just enjoy watching birds. The OG is organized to accommodate all of these diverse birding interests.  All of these members benefit from the synergism of getting together to share knowledge and interests during the club's activities.  OG activities make learning about birds fun!

Regular monthly meetings feature a wide variety of local and nationally recognized speakers. The first 15 to 20 minutes of each meeting are devoted to club business and sharing information. The remainder of the meeting is reserved for the featured speaker. Guests and new members are always welcome and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. Monthly meetings also feature an informal discussion session called the Learning Corner to enhance member birding skills, and offer special information about local birding. It begins 30 minutes before the regular meeting and is an alternative to the always-popular activity of socializing and comparing recent birding war stories during this pre-meeting time.

Our monthly newsletter, The Spoonbill, announces group activities, reports group business, and presents articles of birding interest. The Spoonbill includes The Clearing House, a monthly record of bird sightings along the Upper Texas Coast.

Last Updated ( Monday, 30 July 2012 09:45 )

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