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Greg Whittaker

WhittakerGreg grew up on the family farm in upstate New York, inheriting a stewardship for nature and a lifelong appreciation for the wonders of water. Texas A&M University brought him to Galveston in 1985, which immediately became home. His professional animal care career began in 1988 at Sea Arama-Marineworld, and progressed through a stint at the Marine Biomedical Institute working with cephalopods, and finally taking on the animal care manager’s role for the first time as Moody Gardens’ Rainforest supervisor in 1993. In 1999, he took the opportunity to serve as site manager for marine mammal operations in Taiji, Japan and Beijing, China. In 2001, he assisted in the establishment of an open water marine mammal and small aquarium facility in Subic Bay, Philippines. He returned to Texas and re-established roots in the Galveston area as a new dad, and Moody Gardens Animal Husbandry Manager.

Since 2003, Greg has partnered with GINTC in presenting monthly birding 101 and birding 201 classes as a way to attract novice birders into the flock, and proudly boasts several hundred fledglings through that program. Greg has served as liaison to the Galveston County Audubon Group since they lost their previous meeting site during Hurricane Ike, and now serves as the group’s chair.

Upcoming Events

April 2017
April 7 @ 6:30 am - 3:00 pm

Bird Galveston Island with one of the world's most famous birders! In 1998, Greg zig-zagged 130,000 miles across the USA hoping to reach at least 700 species of birds in one calendar year. His effort was chronicled in Mark Obmascik's novel, The Big Year, which later became a movie. You'll see the great diversity of the Island as Greg leads you to all of the birding hot spots - East Beach, Corps Woods, Laffites Cove, Sportsman Road, San Luis Pass…

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April 8 @ 6:30 am - 3:30 pm

Boy Scout Woods, Smith Oaks, The Rookery, and more! High Island is the surface expression of a salt dome on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. Due to its elevation above the saltwater table, it supports wooded habitat that supplies food, water and places to rest for tired trans-Gulf migrants. The Houston Audubon Society has two large sanctuaries in the area - Boy Scout Woods and Smith Oaks, which are known worldwide for their spectacular variety of spring migrants.…

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April 9 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am

This trip offers a combination of shorebirding in a long, shallow lagoon and canvassing for songbird migrants in woodlots, all on nearby Pelican Island. On both halves of the trip, Jim will be pointing out the calls of water and land birds, plus offering ecological insights into their avian lives. Many species of sandpipers are present, but the biggest emphasis will be on peeps such as the Baird’s Sandpiper we usually record there. Even the voices of both yellowlegs and both dowitchers may be heard, increasing the identification skills of participants.

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