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The Houston Audubon's High Island location is known around the world for its spring migration of birds (Smith Oaks Sanctuary[[masked], [masked] ] and Boy Scout Woods Sanctuary $8 day pass for both) April should be the peak of the spring season there (mid-March to mid-May). We can also visit Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Friends of Anahuac Refuge nature center ($FREE) The ANWR has a nice boardwalk with which to walk through the tall grasses. We might spot an alligator. Many of you may already know this, but for new birdwatchers, here are some birdwatching etiquette suggestions: Try not to point, wave your arms or get too close to birds Birdwatching is a social activity (at least for us!), but try to keep the talk a little quieter Especially during migration (March - April), be mindful that birdwatching is a serious activity for some people - they're either professional photographers or traveled a long way to get here including from other countries It could be busy in regards to parking and we might have to walk a bit after we park. I don't know of places to eat around there so bring a lunch and snacks. We can find a place to eat afterwards in Winnie Tx, about 20 miles north of High Island or closer to Houston on I-10 (There are many places along I-10 to choose from) We can discuss the options at High Island. Leave at 4:30 and eat at 5pm. 8am at Kroger. It could take approximately 1 hr 40 mins (91 miles) 10am If you want to meet at the sanctuary here is the address[masked]th St, High Island, TX 77623 The High Island sanctuaries are fee sites ($8 day pass). The fee helps defray the costs of maintenance, utilities and improvements for the entire Houston Audubon sanctuary system. http://www.houstonaudubon.org/ http://houstonaudubon.org/sanctuaries/high-island/ ***CELL PHONE SERVICE WILL BE SPOTTY[masked] Text messages might get through if calls do not*** A day pass costs $8 CASH What you will need: comfortable walking shoes water snacks lunch (if you arrive early to Kroger you can pick something up from the deli counter) Binoculars (there might be some that we can share but if you have any friends or family with some, ask to borrow and bring theirs. We can still enjoy the area without them) hat sunscreen mosquito spray camera
Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center
We will be showing a large group of people in a long-term substance abuse recovery program how to fish and do some birding during Texas Parks and Wildlife's Big Sit birding event at beautiful Sheldon Lake State Park. The purpose is to teach these participants some healthy outdoor-oriented hobbies to help them on their road to recovery. You do not need to have fishing or birding experience to volunteer for this event. We will teach you all you need to know and provide the proper tools you'll need. If you don't already have the new NEO volunteer corps t-shirt, we'll give you one at the event. You'll also be invited to a free volunteer appreciation event coming up at the beginning of May.
Leaving at 6:40PM Hiking Wilcrest to Dairy Ashford I've seen a particular owl near Wilcrest so this start will increase us seeing it. This is a great hike for beginners and intermediate hikers alike. The hike follows the "ant hills" which is a dirt hiking trail with various elevation changes following Buffalo Bayou between N. Dairy Ashford and N. Wilcrest Dr. Total distance will be 5 miles Supplies: • Water • Hiking shoes • Bug spray • Head light or flashlight
We're back! And a half our earlier! Let's get back in to shape with some heavy packs on our backs (if you want) ! We are gathering at the Hobby Plaza of the new Water Works Park on Sabine Street. Parking is available on Sabine Street or in the lot to the right of the plaza. If that is full go to the Fonde Rec Center or Parking Lot H. If you are late, join us across the bayou on the stairs. Please check weather before attending to ensure you are dressed for winter weather. Bring a flash light as the sun sets when we leave. Here is the new elevation route plus names! Current Bayou Water Levels (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/dv?referred_module=sw&site_no=08074500%2C08074598%2C08074000&format=gif_mult_sites&PARAmeter_cd=00065&begin_date=2017-08-01&end_date=2017-09-04) Google Map of the meeting place and our first stop at the Backward Hill (https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zRjqJj3SI8VI.kDLzuNKUu1xw&usp=sharing) We will be doing a training hike on the paved trails along Buffalo Bayou. Wear running shoes rather than hiking boots. The hike is appropriate for all members and fitness levels. This hike can be a challenging and exhilarating workout where you do what meets your fitness goals. Safety is always first but it is cooler at night so be prepared to suck it up a little bit. :-) This is a great exercise trail in the downtown area. There are several challenges along the trail, the Backward Hill, the Tower of Terror, The Fish Tank, Bubbles the Bayou Monster, the Theater of the Absurd, Ring the Bell, Waterfall Stairs, the Stairs of State, and finally the Tower of Power. We do brisk walking in between to keep our hearts pumping. You may choose to run stairs as slow or fast as you want, do other exercises or just stretch. This hike is meant to help you push a little and see your strength improve over time. The event will last about 1.5 hours. For some past episodes in this long running series. September 17 (http://www.meetup.com/joinneo/events/220960312/), 2015 February 19, 2015 (http://www.meetup.com/joinneo/events/220436733/) July 8, 2014 (http://www.meetup.com/joinneo/events/192875942/)