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John Tharp

tharp-2016John was born and raised in West Virginia and is currently a resident of Oklahoma after spending several years in Houston. He started birding in the mid 90’s on a family vacation to Chincoteague, Virginia, and hasn’t stopped birding since. Growing up in West Virginia allowed him to gain significant experience with the warblers of eastern North America and their songs. John received a degree in meteorology from Penn State and currently works for Weather Decision Technologies in Norman, OK. In the past, he volunteered as the sub-regional compiler for the upper Texas coast for North American Birds. John makes a point to return to southeast Texas each winter to participate in and lead several Christmas Bird Counts.

Upcoming Events

April 2017
April 7 @ 5:45 am - 1:30 pm

The first part of this trip is similar to the trip to Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge. It will head west over the San Luis Pass bridge and off Galveston Island. The first destination will be Gulf Coast Bird Observatory to watch migrant songbirds being caught in mist nets and banded by professional bird banders. The bus will then continue to San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge and search for spring migrating songbirds, late waterfowl and shorebirds. This 54,000 acre wildlife refuge…

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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 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Brazos Bend can be the perfect ending to your FeatherFest experience! Drive your own car to beautiful Brazos Bend State Park and meet with local guide, Mark Scheuerman. Note: Drive time to Brazos Bend is about 1 ½ hours from FeatherFest Headquarters. The park opens at 8:00 am This beautiful state park is 4,897 acres along the Brazos River in Needville, Texas, and has land in the Brazos River Floodplain with magnificent moss-covered and vine-draped live oak woodlands. The flat…

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