Texas Birding Calendar and Events

Texas birding destinations including the Rio Grande valley, Texas Coast , the Texas Hill Country and more... Bird photography and images of Texas birds, by photographer George Hosek. If you know of a birding event, and would like to add it to this webpage, please Email George with the details.
  Year Round Events 2005

Every Wednesday

Birding on the Boardwalk-Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, Port Aransas. Located on Ross Avenue, is open year-round. Every Wednesday morning, a birding expert answers question and helps with identeifiaction of birds and wildlife. 9am Free 361-749-4158 www.PortaParks.com

Birding and Nature Field Trips in Midland County-Midland Naturalists schedules birding and nature field trips every Saturday morning. Call Terri Pease for details. 432-770-4746 or 432-694-8587

Second Saturday Each Month
Heard Natural Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary ( 1 Nature Place, McKinney). Tours led by experianced birders. $8.00
972-562-5566 www.HeardMuseum.org

Second Saturday Each Month
Beginner's Birdwalk-Johnson Nature Trail, San Antonio ( next to Alamo Heights Swimming Pool on Viesca St) This birdwalk is for everyone. Binoculars available. 8am, Free.
210-308-6788 www.Saaudubon.org

Fourth Saturday Each Month
SAAS Mitchell Lake Field Trip-Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, San Antonio.8am, $5.00 to the center.
210-308-6788 www.Saaudubon.org


Update on an event coming to the DFW area.  Photo Road Show will be sponsoring an Arthur Morris Seminar  on November 5&6, 2005 (new date) at the Eisemann Center .  Artie is one of the top bird photographers in the world, part of the prestigious Canon Explores of Light program and author of BIRDS AS ART
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Pontoon Boat Tours of Armand Bayou-Bay Area Park ( 8500 Bay Area Blvd). A morning or evening boat trip on a quiet, 28 foot electric-powered pontoon boat. See herons, egrets, osprey, kingfishers and more. $15-$25. 281-474-2551

Tuesday Evenings
Planetarium Shows-Brazosport Nature Center ( 400 College Dr., Clute ) Brazosport Nature Center presents entertaining and educational shows most Tuesday evenings under the 30 foot domed ceiling of the planetarium chamber. 7pm, $3.00 adults, $2.00 for students. 979-265-3376 www.bcfas.org/planetarium

Third Tuesday Each Month
Brasozport Astronomy Club Meetings-Brazosport Nature Center. Learn how to better use your telescope, share your knowledge of astronomy. 979-265-3376 www.bcfas.org/planetarium

Year Round Bird-Watching on Mineola Nature Trail-Nature and birding Trail on the campus of Mineola ISD Bird watching along scenic nature trails and bluebird count. Free 903-569-3000

Self-Guided Nature Trail-Brasosport Nature Center. Nature trail is adjacent to the native river plex on Oyster Creek. 979-265-3376 www.bcfas.org/planetarium

Dates TBA
Early Morning Birding-Armand Bayou Nature Center, Pasadena. An oppurtunity to learn about the diverse bird life of the upper Texas coast. See calendar on website for specific dates and times. $4.00 for adults, $2.00 for students
281-474-2551 www.abnc.org


April 2005

April 16
Spring Birdwalk-D. Roy Harrington Beach Unit, Sea Rim State Park. Jion Sea Rim staff and members of the Golden Triangle NAS to view the wide range of neotropical species at the park and the Sabine Woods. 7:30am, Free 409-971-2559

April 16-17
Photography Safaris and the Coastal Bend Photography Contest-Fennessey ranch, Refugio County. Photographer Sean Fitzgerald will conduct a photo jam! Daylight to Dark. $165
361-529-6600 www.fennesseyranch.com

April 16, 17, 24
Yellow Rail Walks-Anahauc NWR. Learn about yellow rail ecology, while searching for this elusive bird. April 16th-7am; April 17th-4:30pm; April 24th-7am and 5pm. Free 409-267-3337

April 16, 17, 23, 24, 30
Bird Walks in Blucher Park-Blucher Park, Corpus Christi. Audubon Outdoor Club of Corpus members lead walks through Bulcher Park. Bulcher Park is the site of large migratory fallouts during spring migration. 8am, Free 361-991-9031 www.ccbirding.com

Tuesdays, April 19-May 10
Lunch with the Birds-Russ Pitman park ( 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire ). Guided birding walks in Russ Pitman Park during migration seasons. Noon to 1 pm, Free 713-667-6550 www.naturediscoverycenter.org

April 21-24
Red River Valley Birding and Nature Festival-Hagerman NWR, Pottsboro. Field trips, seminars, workshops, demonstrations, and more. Cost varies, 888-893-1188 www.redriverbirding.com

April 22
High Island Field Trip: Birding trip to High Island-Anahauc and Rollover Pass. Led by Fred Collins. 7am to 7pm. $50 per person, includes bus and entrance fees. 713-667-6550 www.naturediscoverycenter.org

April 22-24
Birding by Kayak-Lost Canyon Retreat, Barksdale. Spend the day birding the upper Nueces River from kayaks.$15

April 23
Bird-a-Thon-Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center, Humble. ( 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble ) Teams of Birders will identify as many species of birds as they can during the event. Top 3 teams win peizes. Reservations Required

April 23
Birding in the Big Thicket Family Day- Kountze. Events begin in Kountze Middle School cafeteria with hands on projects. A trip to Anahuac NWR for guided tour or a local bird walk outside the cafeteria. 8:30am to 4pm for bus trip, 8:30am to 11:30am. $3.00 for adult, $2.00 for child. 409-456-8689 www.kountzecoc.org

April 23

12th Annual Bluebird Festival-Willis Point. Arts and crafts, games, food and educational booths are set up throughout the srteets of downtown. 800-wpblubi www.bluebirdfestival.info

April 23
Naturalist Explorers Class-Houston Adubon and Nature Center ( 4501 Woodway dr, Houston ). This class is for 5 to 12 year olds to explore the amazing migrations that many birds take across North America. 9am to noon. $9.00 for members, $15 for non-members. 713-681-8433 www.houstonarboretum.org

April 23
Earth Day-Bay Day-Cole Park, Corpus Christi. An Education and out-reach festival for Coastal Bend residents. Learn about bays and estuaries, wetlands, native plants and animals. 10am to 4pm, Free 361-882-5625 www.bayfoundation.org

April 23
Frontera Audubon and Rio Grande Master Naturalist Plant Field Trip-Harligen Tourist center. Experience inland salt lakes and wetlands by touring Brushline Road Wetlands and Sal del Rey. 8am, 956-364-1410

April 24
Rhaptor Rhapsody at Jesse Jones Park & Nature Center-Humble ( 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble ). Learn about birds of prey, their adaptations and benefits to the ecosystem. 281-446-8588

Nature Quest 2005-Concan. In the heart of the Texas Hill Country, the Texas River Regions offer great birding and outdoor opportunities. Guided field trips highlight this weekend.

April 29-May 1
2nd Annual Chappell Hill Birdfest-Chappell Hill Historical Society Museum. This event coincides with the peak of spring migration in the central Brazos Valley.

April 29-May 1
5th Annual Texas Songbird Festival-Lago Vista.
Located 35 miles northwest of Austin this festival includes opportunities to view the golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo on birding walks, as well as programs, a trade show and other events.
888-328-LAGO www.lagovista.org

April 30
Mitchell Lake Birdathon-Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, San Antonio. Birdathon is similar to a walkathon-participants count birds and collect pledges from sponsors. All funds raised will be allocated to the center's conservation, education programs. 6:30am, Free 210-628-1639 www.tx.audubon.org/mitchell.htm

April 30
Spring NatureFest-Stephen F. Austin Experimental Forest, Nacogdoches. Guided tours, educational displays. Activities for children to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and National Trail Day. 8am to 1:30pm, Free 936-569-7981 www.srs.fs.usda.gov/wildlife/trail.htm


May 2005

May 7
Dedication of Butterfly and Hummingbird Habitat Trail-Anahuac NWR. Join refuge staff and volunteers for international Migratory Bird Day as we dedicate the new Butterfly and Hummingbird Trail. 10am, Free 409-267-3337

May 7
Breakfast with the Birds at Jesse Jones Park and Nature Center-Humble. Birders of all experience levels can join in this fun and educational walk. Reservations required. 281-446-8588

May 7
Birding by boat-Martin Dies Jr State Park. Take a guided tour up the Neches and Angelina Rivers into the Angelina/Neches Wildlife Management Area to view birds commonly found in a bottomland hardwood habitat. 7am on the Island Hiking Trail. 8am to 12pm. Adults $10, children 12 and under $5. 409-384-5231

May 20-22
Sixth Annual Dragonfly Days-Valley Nature Center, Weslaco. Learn from the experts about dragonflys. Friday 5pm to 7pm; Saturday 7:30am to 9pm; Sunday 7:30am to 6pm. $5 seminars/talks, $10 field trips, $25 banquet with Dennis Paulson, $60 all-inclusive package. 956-969-2475 www.valleynaturecenter.org

May 21
Frontera Audubon and Rio Grande Master Naturalist Plant Field Trip-Harlingen Tourist Center. Tour butterfly and bird-attracting wildscapes and water features. 8am 956-364-1410

June 2005

June 3-5
Birds and Butterflies of the Texas Hill Country-Lost Canyon Retreat, Barksdale. A weekend at beautiful Lost Canyon with Ro Wauer, National Park Service employee for 32 years and noted author. 830-234-3250

June 21 -24
Wilderness Experience Kids camp-Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and nature Center. At this Tuesday through Friday day camp, campers age 7 to 10 learn secrets of the wilderness. $60 per camp session, 361-852-2100

July 2005

July 5-8 and July 19-22
Wilderness Experience Kids Camp-Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. At this Tuesday through Friday day camp, campers age 7 to 10 learn secrets of the wilderness. $60 per camp session, 361-852-2100

August 2005

August 12-14
Big Bend Nature Festival-Big Bend National Park. This nature festival will highlight the natural history of the Big bend region with birding, reptile, mammal and other events, through a series of field trips and lectures. Cost varies, 432-447-2236

August 18-20
Davis Mountains Hummingbird Festival-Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, Ft Davis. Includes seminars, workshops, and fieldtrips to local birding sites. General birding and bird banding will also be featured. 432-364-2499

August 20-August 21
Annual Summer Bluebird Symposium-Fort Worth Nature Center. Features Keith Kridler, who has 40 years experience bluebirding and is co-author of Bluebird Monitor's Guide and a silent auction. 10am to 4pm, $10 for members, $20 for non-members (fees include lunch). 817-444-8581 www.texasbluebirdsociety.org

August 27
2nd Annual Prairie Festival-Lubbock Garden & Arts Center. The Prairie Festival promotes awarness of and appreciation for the importance of a prairie and its associated species. This day long event includes speakers on wildflower indenitfication and prairie conservation as well as hands on activities for kids. 10am to 5pm. Free 806-767-3724 www.leas.bizland.com




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