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Rob Comstock

Robert Comstock’s love of the outdoors started at an early age.  Growing up in the San Franciso Bay Area he spent many summer vacations in the California State Parks with his family. The space program brought Roberts family to Houston in the early 1960’s, which he has called home ever since.  Robert graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with degrees in Forestry and Sociology.  He started his long career with Texas Parks & Wildlife in 1977 as a Park Ranger at Galveston Island SP.  In 1984 The parks division took over management of the then Sheldon Wildlife Management Area and Robert transferred over as the Park Superintendent.  He spent the next 28 years at Sheldon and was instrumental in the development of the park and the Sheldon Lake Environmental Learning Center.  Robert is retired from TPW and now spends his time volunteering in the community.  He can be seen participating in bird walk in area parks on any given Saturday throughout the year.  He lives in Humble TX with his wife Paula and numerous cats.

Upcoming Events

April 2023
April 18 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

In northeast Harris County, Lake Houston dams the confluence of the two forks of the San Jacinto River, Luce Bayou and Cypress Creek. The mighty San Jac watershed bottomlands hold a bounty of flora and fauna along its courses. Beaver and river otter share Lake Houston with alligator and banded water snakes to name a few. Overhead gulls, pelican and waterbirds move in groups plying the water of the lake for fish. In the spring, the dawn song from the forest is large and loud. Target local nesters include Brown-headed Nuthatch, Red- headed Woodpecker, Bald Eagle, Anhinga and Pine Warbler. Neotropic nesters we hope to encounter: Prothonotary Warbler, Swainson’s Warbler, Painted Bunting, Hooded Warbler, Purple Gallinule and Yellow-billed cuckoo. This habitat also serves the avian migration north, with respite for Blue Grosbeak, Black-throated Green Warbler, Swainson’s Hawk, Western Sandpiper and many others.

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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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