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Written by Vicki Sims   
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Apr 2014 Meeting PDF Print E-mail
Written by deb valdez   
Saturday, 04 May 2013 07:24

OG Meeting Monday, April 7, 2014

Bayland Community Center

6400 Bissonnet, Houston, TX

yellow rail 

6:30 – Learning Corner

Stephan Lorenz : Harris County Rarities

(Is yellow rail on the rarity list?)



7:00 – General Meeting

PROGRAM:  David Sarkozi: Yellow Rails in Texas

David has been leading adventurous birders through marshes at Anahuac NWR for many years.

He will be sharing interesting facts about this elusive bird, and best of all,

you'll learn how to get the chance to slog through the marsh yourself. 


Last Updated ( Monday, 07 April 2014 16:59 )
Warbler Woods Trip Planned May 4 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Deborah Valdez   
Sunday, 16 March 2014 12:50

The Houston OG is sponsoring a field trip to Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary on Sunday, May 4. Best place to stay would be the Hampton Inn and Suites in Schertz. You will need to make your own reservations. We will meet Don Schaezler at the sanctuary gate at 7 am. On the morning of our visit, we will collect $10 per participant to be donated to the bird sanctuary, which is non-profit. (There are a few ideas in the works concerning extensions or pretrips for this trip. There are several other birding hotspots nearby, including Crescent Bend and Mitchell Lake, and Friedrich Park, which Susan Schaezler says is a guarantee late in the day for GCWA--Golden Cheeked Warbler.  If details change I will post an update.)

golden-cheeked warbler-wikipediaPlease e-mail me if you are planning on going on this trip and I will keep a head count. --   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

link: http://warblerwoods.org/


Hampton Inn & Suites Schertz

17702 IH-35 North, Schertz, Texas, 78154, USA TEL: 1-210-566-6110 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 16 March 2014 17:08 )
Trip to Ecuador Planned June 19-28, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Deborah Valdez   
Sunday, 16 March 2014 13:07

The OG is planning its first trip to Ecuador. (We hope to make it an annual event!) The trip is being planned by Mary Anne Beauchemin of the Nature Discovery Center, who has a friend (Jane) who runs a non-profit bird sanctuary in Ecuador and who is willing to host us. The trip is limited to 8-10 people, will run from arrival in Quito on June 19 to departure on June 28, and will cost about $2000 per person, not including airfare and a few other expenses, including hotel in Quito and a few other fees that Mary Anne can tell you about. The OG would also want to make a donation to the birding sanctuary. If you are interested, there are extensions to the Galapagos or the Amazon.

Make your decision by Sunday, 3-23-2014. Jane will make the reservations as soon as we get 8 firm commitments with a deposit. To sign up and for more information, contact Mary Anne at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 Notes about the tour:  Travel to Quito - 19 June

 Day 1, 20 June – Pick up at hotel in Quito for travel to and birding at Yanacocha Reserve (3300m), picnic lunch and birding down the old Nono-Mindo Road. Overnight at Las Gralarias Guest House (2000m). 
·       Day 2, 21 June -  Birding Reserva Las Gralarias (2000m).  Afternoon to Mindo valley for river specialties. (1200m).  Overnight at Las Gralarias Guest House.
·       Day 3, 22 June - Birding at Paz de las Aves (1700m) for antpitta feeding, Andean Cock-of-the-rock lek and many species. Afternoon visit to the Oilbird Cave.  Overnight at Las Gralarias Guest House.
·       Day 4, 23 June – Birding Milpe Bird Sanctuary (1000m), Milpe Road and Los Bancos for lower elevation species.  Overnight at Las Gralarias Guest House..
·       Day 5, 24 June - Birding Bellavista-Tandayapa area (1600m- 2300m) and afternoon travel to Otavalo.  Overnight Hacienda Las Palmeras.
·       Day 6, 25 June – Visit to Indian market (native Ecuadoran craft market can bird on grounds of hotel if prefered) and to Parque Condor.  Afternoon travel to Papallacta (hot springs).  Overnight Termas.
·       Day 7, 26 June – Birding páramo at Papallacta.  Overnight Termas.
·       Day 8, 27 June– Morning at Guango and afternoon to Hacienda Guaytara for Andean Condor, Giant Hummingbird and Ecuadorian Hillstar.
·       Day 9, 28 June (Saturday) – Birding high páramo at Antisana Reserve.  Overnight Hacienda Guáytara or//international departure?  The trip is planned to end this day.  NOTE: THE DIRECT UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT FROM QUITO TO HOU IS A REDEYE - LEAVES AT 11:55 PM AND ARRIVES IN HOU ABOUT 5:30 AM HE NEXT MORNING.
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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.

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