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Jim Stevenson

Stevenson

Jim is Director of the Galveston Ornithological Society, and a professional bird guide.

Raised by an ornithologist, he has been birding nearly 55 years, having traveled all over the world and seen over 6000 species of birds. His graduate work was conducted on bird migration in the Gulf states, which eventually led him to reside in Galveston. Jim has had seven books published, and also publishes a nature newspaper, Gulls n Herons. His latest book is Birdlife of Galveston, available at FeatherFest.

Upcoming Events

April 2017
April 6 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This trip offers a combination of shorebirding in a long, shallow lagoon and canvassing for songbird migrants in woodlots, all on nearby Pelican Island.

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April 7 @ 7:15 am - 11:15 am

Participants will travel to Galveston Island West End shorebird hot spots to bird the freshwater ponds, coastal marshes and bay waters. These areas provide habitat for Clapper Rails, Black-necked Stilts, Common Loons, diving ducks and “peeps.” There’s excellent viewing of American Oystercatchers, Dunlins, Ruddy Turnstones, dowitchers, gulls and terns that gather on the private piers on Sportsman Road. At the far end of the Island, the San Luis Pass mudflats and marshes provide close-up viewing of American Avocet, American White…

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April 7 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This field trip searches for the spring songbird richness found on West Galveston Island, with a special emphasis on warblers, vireos, tanagers, orioles, grosbeaks and buntings. Guests will walk through Lafitte’s Cove Nature Preserve, Galveston’s crown jewel for migrating songbirds. Several species of vireos and warblers were seen in the oak mott last spring. Freshwater ponds at the entrance to the preserve provide up-close views of migrating shorebirds, ducks, both species of dowitchers and yellowlegs, Solitary, and Pectoral Sandpipers, Marsh…

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April 8 @ 7:15 am - 11:15 am

Participants will travel to Galveston Island West End shorebird hot spots to bird the freshwater ponds, coastal marshes and bay waters. These areas provide habitat for Clapper Rails, Black-necked Stilts, Common Loons, diving ducks and “peeps.” There’s excellent viewing of American Oystercatchers, Dunlins, Ruddy Turnstones, dowitchers, gulls and terns that gather on the private piers on Sportsman Road. At the far end of the Island, the San Luis Pass mudflats and marshes provide close-up viewing of American Avocet, American White…

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April 8 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This field trip searches for the spring songbird richness found on West Galveston Island, with a special emphasis on warblers, vireos, tanagers, orioles, grosbeaks and buntings. Guests will walk through Lafitte’s Cove Nature Preserve, Galveston’s crown jewel for migrating songbirds. Several species of vireos and warblers were seen in the oak mott last spring. Freshwater ponds at the entrance to the preserve provide up-close views of migrating shorebirds, ducks, both species of dowitchers and yellowlegs, Solitary, and Pectoral Sandpipers, Marsh…

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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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