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April 18 @ 6:30 am - April 19 @ 3:00 pm

Two ecosystems converge in the Beaumont area, the Pineywoods, so called because of the abundant pine trees that are the dominant tree species for the region and the Coastal Marshes, both fresh and brackish marshes along the Gulf Coast. This combination of a variety of habitat results in some excellent spring birding. With the arrival of neotropical migrants, perhaps a rare or uncommon bird or two, a few habitat restricted birds and you have two exciting days to look forward to!

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April 18 @ 6:30 am - April 19 @ 12:00 pm

This FeatherFest photography field trip is always one of the first to sell out. Join Larry Ditto for a special pre-festival photo trip to a colonial bird rookery near Aransas National Wildlife Refuge near Rockport/Fulton, Texas.

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6:00 am
April 19 @ 6:00 am - 9:30 am

Bolivar Flats on the Bolivar Peninsula offers unique bird photography opportunities with its shallow water and exposed sand bars. Tim will take a small group of photographers out to Bolivar Flats to demonstrate the techniques he routinely uses to capture images of shorebirds down low at their own eye level. Participants will use a ground...

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7:30 am
April 19 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am

We visit two sites within the City of Pearland to observe how one city’s mission, “To protect, manage, and enhance the City’s natural resources, provide citizens with outdoor recreation opportunities, and to further the public’s understanding and appreciation of its natural resources through education and hands-on experiences”, has been taken to the next level. From...

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8:00 am
April 19 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

This pre-festival trip will explore some of the best birding spots on the Clear Lake Loop of the Upper Texas Coast - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. This area contains a variety of habitats, including approximately 60 acres of oak woodlands, riparian edge habitat along the bayou, freshwater ponds, wetlands, and bay waters. This amazing habitat...

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April 19 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am

For over forty years Armand Bayou Nature Center has been a leader in habitat restoration. Join us for a behind the scenes adventure of their wildlife treasures. This tour will deepen your appreciation for the richness of life that exists right here next to the fourth largest city in the country.

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9:00 am
April 19 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sheldon Lake was created in the early 1940’s as a water supply reservoir in support of war industries along the Houston Ship Channel. In 1953 TPWD acquired the reservoir and adjacent property as a waterfowl research management area. Twenty-eight islands were created along the west and south levees to prevent excessive wave erosion on the levees. Over the years the islands have become host to one of the largest inland Colonial Waterbird rookeries on the upper Texas coast. We will leave the boat ramp as a group and work our way among the islands. Some of the birds we may see: 5 species of heron, 3 species of egrets, White and Dark Ibis, Anhinga, Roseate Spoonbill, 4 species of Hawk, and migratory and nesting passerines. We might also see Nutria, Otters, and if lucky, one of the Bald Eagles that nest nearby.

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1:30 pm
April 19 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Two of the most iconic birds in North America visit Armand Bayou every winter and spring.  The American bald eagle and osprey spend November through April hunting and fishing the productive waters of the bayou.  Once threatened by the use of pesticides, the recovery of these species is a great testament to the value of clean water and habitat preservation. This is an incredible viewing opportunity, located in Houston’s backyard.

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4:00 pm
April 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

After this field trip, you will wonder why you waited so long to start photographing birds on the wing! The rookery at Smith Oaks offers endless opportunities for bird in flight photography. Kathy Adams Clark will instruct and guide participants in the following topics with the goal of helping to simplifying the process of photographing...

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