Annually, Damien Carey leads field trips for Houston area birding and nature groups. He’s lead field trips throughout Texas. He founded the Lake Houston Area Nature Club in 1995. In 1999, he established and compiled the Lake Houston CBC and Sheldon Lake SP (SLSP) WBC. He also compiles the Texas Colonial Waterbird Census of SLSP’s rookery islands. Carey rewrote the “Birds of Sheldon Lake SP” in 2006. He serves on the advisory board of Legacy Land Trust (LLT) and conducts habitat valuations and baseline bird surveys in support of its conservancy efforts. Sparrows are a passion of Carey’s and he conducted several surveys for Project Prairie Bird. He has served as president and a director of the Friends of Sheldon Lake SP since he founded it in 2004. He speaks on behalf of conservation, birds and birding, to civic and service clubs. He is active in advocating for more access to the outdoors for families. With his wife Caroline, he established a nature club for at-risk children at a Humble ISD elementary school. Inspired by the students’ fascination of bird song, he wrote The Stories of Mimm, an oral story that offers a fanciful answer to the riddle of “why mockingbirds mock” and a lesson about conservation. When not birding he can often be found wade fishing in the waters around Galveston. He is a business consultant and writer.
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.…Find out more »
North Deer Island has 1.7 miles of protected shoreline which supports nesting habitat for the threatened Reddish Egret and 16 other bird species. This rookery is located in Galveston Bay between Tiki Island and West Galveston. There are over 12,000 nesting pairs of birds on North Deer Island and the small surrounding islands. Of that total, approximately 40% of all the Brown Pelicans on the Texas coast nest there. The second part of this trip is into Offatts Bayou which…Find out more »
This field trip is one of our best kept secrets! Participants in the past have been surprised at the variety of birds seen on this outing. The Texas City Dike projects approximately 5 miles into East Galveston Bay, almost to Pelican Island. The newly built recreational area along the dike is an excellent vantage point to see birds that prefer a true marine environment. Along the drive to the dike you will stop and bird at private property that has…Find out more »
Galveston Island has all the habitats associated with a barrier island – beach, uplands, fresh water ponds, brackish lagoons and wetlands. Join local birder David Sarkozi on this “birdy” trip as you learn to identify Black Skimmers, gulls, terns, sandpipers, plovers, herons, egrets, ibis, spoonbills, ducks and much more. Last year this Sunday trip saw a Great Blue Heron catch, kill and swallow whole a full grown Clapper Rail. What an experience! We think you’ll also enjoy our Shorebirds Identification…Find out more »