May
19
7:00 AM07:00

Odem/Edroy

May 19 - Odem/Edroy (Judy Kestner) 361-701-1962 
We'll meet at the Dairy Queen in Odem at 7:15 and depart at 7:30, first birding the east side of town, then meandering over to Edroy to explore the feed lot and back roads there. Should be done by 11:30-noon.

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May
8
7:00 PM19:00

May 8: Member photos Show and Tell

Meetings of the Audubon Outdoor Club are the 2nd Tuesday of the month, September through June. All except the September and June meetings are held at Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens, 8545 S. Staples, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The gardens are a wonderful place to visit and bird any time. More about CCBG can be found at their website. You don't want to miss what's coming up.

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May
5
8:00 AM08:00

Hibernia County Park

May 5 - Hibernia County Park, San Patricio (Phyllis Hibdon & Mike Egar) 361-739-7179
Meet at 7:30 at Boogeyman Haunted House in San Patricio and we'll drive the short distance to the park. Meeting place 4813 Main Street (FM 666), at Nopal Street. Take 624 (Northwest Blvd) west from Calallen for about 6 miles to FM 666, turn right (north) for 4 miles to the center of San Patricio.
This will be a half-day outing, though you can plan to also visit any of the other great sites nearby, such as Knolle Farms.
Recommend you have a high-clearance vehicle. Also that we take as few vehicles as possible for the drive through this park.
Any questions about directions or the nature of this outing, please give Phyllis or Mike a call.

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Apr
19
to Apr 22

The Birdiest Festival in America

BE SURE TO ATTEND! 

BIRDIEST FESTIVAL IN AMERICA features field trips throughout South Texas for some of the best bird sightings in the country.

Corpus Christi is the heart of the Coastal Bend of Texas, a region on the bucket list of
most birders. You have to come our way to find many South Texas species that are
found nowhere else in North America. Think Couch's Kingbird, Whooping Crane, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, White-tipped Dove, Groove-billed Ani, Green Jay...but the jaw-dropping abundance and variety of birds found here is best demonstrated in spring
migration. You've read of spring mornings in the Coastal Bend where the trees are
dripping with trans-Gulf migrants; Rockport is likely best-known for such events.

Any spring day, when conditions are right, rivers of hawks, swallows, anhingas and White
Pelicans can be seen streaming overhead!

Weekend also features birding workshops, guest speakers, trade show, Raptor Project shows, and a whole lot of Texas Hospitality!

https://www.birdiestfestival.org/

 

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Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

Jace Tunnell, "Archaeology of the Coastal Bend "

Meetings of the Audubon Outdoor Club are the 2nd Tuesday of the month, September through June. All except the September and June meetings are held at Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens, 8545 S. Staples, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The gardens are a wonderful place to visit and bird any time. More about CCBG can be found at their website. You don't want to miss what's coming up.

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Mar
17
8:00 AM08:00

Field Trip: Indian Point/Sunset Lake

March 17 - Indian Point/Sunset Lake (Phyllis Hibdon & Mike Egar) 361-739-7179

Location- Hwy 181 just across the causeway, approx. 3 miles from downtown Corpus Christi.

Contact information- Mike Egar 330-998-2910 or swrsrch@aol.com

  • Time and Place to meet- 8:00 am at Indian Point
  • Duration of trip- half day, with options to bird other nearby areas. e.g. Live Oak Park in Ingleside.
  • Lunch- own snacks, drinks
  • Restrooms- yes
  • Items to bring- dress appropriate to the weather, lunch, sunscreen if necessary, spotting scope
  • Ease of hike- leisurely walk
  • Target birds- Waders, waterbirds, maybe early migrants.
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Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

Dave & Christy Ilfrey, "Native plants"

Meetings of the Audubon Outdoor Club are the 2nd Tuesday of the month, September through June. All except the September and June meetings are held at Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens, 8545 S. Staples, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The gardens are a wonderful place to visit and bird any time. More about CCBG can be found at their website. You don't want to miss what's coming up.

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Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Larry Jordan, "Christmas Bird Counts Report"

Meetings of the Audubon Outdoor Club are the 2nd Tuesday of the month, September through June. All except the September and June meetings are held at Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens, 8545 S. Staples, from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The gardens are a wonderful place to visit and bird any time. More about CCBG can be found at their website. You don't want to miss what's coming up.

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Feb
10
8:00 AM08:00

Field Trip: The Simon's Residence

February 10 - The Simons' Residence
Location- 234 Freeman Circle, George West, Texas 78022 (really located one mile from old Dinero store)

Contact information- Joel Simon 361-876-2429 or joel.simon44@yahoo.com

Time and Place to meet- our home at 8:00 am

Duration of trip- will bird the area until 12:00 to 12:30 and then have lunch while watching the feeders

Lunch- bring your own sack lunch and drinks

Restrooms- yes

Items to bring- dress appropriate to the weather, lunch, sunscreen if necessary

Ease of hike- very flat and leisurely walk

Target birds- Bald Eagle, Green Jay, Kiskadees, Green Kingfisher, sparrows, hummers and raptors

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Jan
20
8:00 AM08:00

Field Trip: Choke Canyon State Park

January 20 - Choke Canyon State Park (Dane Ferrell) 830-481-6393
Time & Place: 8:00 a.m. at the entry gate to the South Shore Unit. We will bird this area for 2 hours or so, then head west around 15 minutes to the Calliham Unit.
Texas State Park pass required, otherwise there is a $5 per person entry fee.

Duration of trip: until 12:00 p.m. or as long as the birding is good.

Directions: From Corpus Christi: go north on IH-37. Exit at Texas Hwy 72 west to Three Rivers. The South Shore Unit of Choke Canyon is 3.5 miles past (west) of Three Rivers.

  • Restrooms: at the park.
  • Lunch: pack a sandwich just in case.
  • Ease of hike: easy to drive and walk.
  • Target birds: we will look for wintering landbirds and waterfowl, along with the numerous resident species.
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Oct
28
8:00 AM08:00

Field Trip: Knolle Farm

October 28 - Knolle Farm

Location: Knolle Farm

Trip Leader: Karen Smith 361-877-9723

Time and Place to Meet: 8:00 a.m. at Pearson and Beth Knolle’s home.

Duration of Trip: Half day. Usually at the end the trip we have a picnic lunch under the big oak trees near the river.

Directions: Call Karen, 361-877-9723

Restrooms? At the house but not out driving around.

Lunch? Bring a picnic lunch if you wish.

Items to Bring: The usual birding items- binoculars, bug spray, hat, good walking shoes, water plus maybe a chair for the picnic.

How to Dress: Comfortably but with brush country protection. (no shorts or sandals.)

Ease of Hike: Mostly driving but we will walk around the house and during stops.

Target Birds: Maybe a Ferruginous Hawk (!), other raptors passing over, scrub land birds, Sandhill Cranes.

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Oct
21
8:00 AM08:00

Field Trip: Pollywog Ponds

October 21 - Pollywog Ponds
Trip Leader: Dane Ferrell 830-481-6393 daneferrell@hotmail.com

Directions: Northbound I-37, take exit 13B, in less than a half mile take the first right for a few yards to Up River Rd, then left on Up River, then quick right onto Sharpsburg Rd where you immediately find the driveway on your right into Pollywog Ponds parking area.

Meet at 8:00 a.m. for a half day trip

No restrooms; lunch optional afterwards.

Moderate hiking, wear comfortable shoes.

Bring water, bug spray and sun lotion.

Good mix of woodland and water- expect to see local specialty birds, late migrants and early winterers.

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Oct
15
2:00 PM14:00

"Celebration of Life" Memorial for Jimmy Swartz, Longtime AOC Member

The AOC is hosting a "Celebration of Life" for longtime AOC member, Jimmy Swartz. It will be held on the HawkWatch Tower at Hazel Bazemore County Park.  Bring your memories and stories to share.  Food and drinks will be available.

This is a place where Jimmy spent many hours and days - enjoying every moment.  We hope you can join us.

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Oct
6
8:00 AM08:00

Field Trip: Jenkins' Property

AOC trips which you don't want to miss.

October 6 - Bob Jenkins' Home
Trip Leader: Karen Smith and Mary King

Contact Information: Karen Smith 361-877-9723

Time and Place to Meet: 8 a.m. Mr. Jenkins' home.

Duration of Trip: half day

Directions: Take I-37 exit 14A, turning right onto 624/Northwest Blvd. In 4 miles, turn right onto CR 75; drive about 1 mile to the end of the road and park.

Restrooms? Yes

Lunch? This will be a half-day trip ending late in the morning

Items to Bring: Water, bug spray.

How to Dress: For outdoor walking.

Ease of Hike: Easy walking

Target Birds : Scrub land and water birds, migrants.

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Sep
22
to Sep 24

Celebration of Flight: HawkWatch International, Hazel Bazemore Co. Park

Celebration of Flight

The following information is taken from the HawkWatch International website.

September 22-24, 2017

The 19th annual Celebration of Flight migration festival at the Corpus Christi HawkWatch will take place September 22-24, 2017.  This is a family-friendly event with free activities in the park; be sure and visit our vendor tents while you are there. Volunteers will be on hand to show and identify hawks for visitors. But mostly come and experience the true stars, migrating raptors, in a celebration of flight.

Hawk migration is a true spectacle of the natural world and the Corpus Chrisit HawkWatch is the largest and most diverse in the country.  An average of nearly 700,000 raptors is counted each fall.  Although the hawk watch runs from August 1 to November 15, the three days of the “Celebration” are set during the peak of hawk migration.  The “peak” is an eight-day period from Sept. 23 to 30 where single days of over one hundred thousand raptors have occurred most years.

Thanks to our festival volunteers and sponsors: Swarovski OptikAudubon Outdoor Club of Corpus Christi, John Gilmore Attorney at Law, Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Nueces County.

Festival schedule

Friday, September 22

     11 am: Raptor education program by Jesse Watson

     2:30 pm: Live raptor program by Sky Kings Falconry

Saturday, September 23

     10 am: Live raptor program by Sky Kings Falconry

     11 am: Raptor education program by Jesse Watson

     2:30 pm: Live raptor program by Sky Kings Falconry

Sunday, September 24

     11 am: Raptor education program by Jesse Watson

     1 pm: Native American Blessing Ceremony

 Photo by AOC member, Mary King

Photo by AOC member, Mary King

 

Live Raptor Programs-“Wildlife Revealed”
Sky Kings Falconry was founded by Kevin Gaines in 2009 in order to answer a growing public interest in raptors. Kevin uses ancient techniques of falconry combined with modern methods to offer highly entertaining and educational programs.

Jesse Watson, Research Biologist, HawkWatch International
Jesse will be the guest presenter at this year’s festival, offering various programs throughout the weekend and available on the hawkwatch platform for one-on-one identification help and questions. Jesse has worked on various raptor research and conservation projects since childhood, with his father and Washington state biologist Jim Watson, including work with Ferruginous Hawks, Golden Eagles, American Kestrels, Rough-legged Hawks, and more.

Native American Blessing Ceremony
Join in this time honored blessing for our “Hazel” site by the elders. Area drum groups, singers and dancers will gather to honor the birds of prey and those who follow their paths.

Directions to Hazel Bazemore Park
The park is located in the northwest corner of Corpus Christi in the community of Calallen. Highways 37 and 77 intersect and run together for a short distance, the first exit south on Hwy 77, less than one half mile south of this intersection, is FM 624 (Northwest Blvd.). Go west on 624 for .7 mile and take a right on County Road 69 to the entrance of the park and just follow the signs to the site.

 

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Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

CHANGE TO SITE: September Covered Dish Supper, Hazel Bazemore Park

Everyone is invited to attend the first meeting of the Audubon Outdoor Club which is now being held at the Hazel Bazemore County Park.  The Fred Jones Nature Sanctuary pavilion and parking has limbs and other debris. San Patricio Park maintenance is very busy and it would have been very difficult for them to clean the area for our picnic.  Bring a food item to share. There is always a good variety of food, and no one leaves hungry.

Hazel Bazemore County Park is located on the Nueces River in Calallen, off Hwy. 624. This is also the site of the HawkWatch. Please call Judith Reader, 361-443-6799, if you need directions.

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Sep
9
8:00 AM08:00

Shorebird ID Field Trip

September 9 - Shorebird ID

Location: Blind Oso near TAMUCC campus

Trip Leader(s): Larry Jordan and Mel Cooksey

Contact Information: lawrencemjordan@hotmail.com or 361-443-0744

Time and Place to Meet: 8 a.m. near the new parking garage on the TAMUCC campus

Duration of Trip: until about 11 am or so.

Directions: Take Ocean Drive east and turn right at the first traffic light into campus (6300 Ocean Drive). Go past the kiosk and take the first left and then turn right into the parking lot. We will meet at the far (southeast) end of the parking lot near the new parking garage.

Restrooms? No

Lunch? This will be a half-day trip ending late in the morning

Items to Bring: Scope if you have one.

How to Dress: take the usual precautions for heat and sun. We may be walking in muddy areas, so waterproof footwear is advisable.

Ease of Hike: moderate hiking over fairly level terrain

Target Birds : We may see several of the small, collared plovers and two or three species of peeps as well as other shorebirds.

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Sep
2
9:00 AM09:00

Blucher Park Work Day

Karen Smith, President of AOC, has scheduled a Blucher Park workday  for Saturday, September 2 at 9 a.m.  The goal of the workday is to remove small limbs and debris from the main walking paths.  We will also pickup any accumulated trash.  Bring gloves, insect repellent, and a trash picker if you have one.  Rakes may also be useful.  I hope to see many of you at the park so that we can at least make fall migration viewing safe for visitors. 

Hope you can make it!      (There won't be any heavy lifting.)

 

 

 

(No heavy duty work - just small branches, etc.)

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Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

June Mtg: Fred B. Jones Sanctuary, Covered Dish Supper

Join us for the last AOC meeting of the year, held at the Fred B. Jones Sanctuary. Everyone brings something to share.  Plates, utensils and napkins are provided.  Don't miss out on the camaraderie and good food!

Directions to Reach the Sanctuary:                                                                                                 Take the Moore Ave. exit from Hwy. 181 in Portland, TX. Moore Ave. is FM 893. Go west for 6.5 miles. At the four way traffic stop, turn left (south) on County Road 3265 (Koonce Loop Road). Go 0.5 miles and the Sanctuary is on the left.

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May
9
7:00 PM19:00

May Mtg: Members' Photography

members are encouraged to bring their "thumb drives" or CD's with their favorite photographs of birds and animals that they have taken during the past year. This is always an enjoyable evening.  Sometimes the audience has an opportunity to identify the birds.

Meetings are held at the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 South Staples.

See you there!

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Apr
29
to Apr 30

Blucher Bird Walks

Join us at Blucher Park to enjoy the migratory birds. Meet us at the sign-in table on Carrizo Street any time between 7:30 and 10am on Saturday or Sunday to join a walking tour, or enjoy the park at your leisure. Either way, please don't forget to register at our booth on Carrizo Street -- signatures will be delivered to City Hall to demonstrate the community's interest in maintaining our local green spaces!

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Apr
21
to Apr 22

Blucher Bird Walks

Join us at Blucher Park to enjoy the migratory birds. Meet us at the sign-in table on Carrizo Street any time between 7:30 and 10am Saturday and Sunday monring to join a walking tour, or enjoy the park at your leisure. Either way, please don't forget to register at our booth on Carrizo Street -- signatures will be delivered to City Hall to demonstrate the community's interest in maintaining our local green spaces!

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Apr
20
to Apr 23

Birdiest Festival in North America

South Texas Botanical Gardens has announced:
"BIRDIEST FESTIVAL IN NORTH AMERICA" April 20-23
Take in seminars, vendors, and demonstrations on-site during day. Optional field trips allow birders to explore great birding sites around the Texas Coastal Bend to discover why Corpus Christi was named the Birdiest City in America 10 years running.
$35 basic registration fee, plus optional field trips fees.
361-852-2100, ext. 224wmwomack@stxbot.org.

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Apr
15
7:30 AM07:30

Blucher Bird Walks

Join us at Blucher Park to enjoy the migratory birds. Meet us at the sign-in table on Carrizo Street any time between 7:30 and 10am to join a walking tour, or enjoy the park at your leisure. Either way, please don't forget to register at our booth on Carrizo Street -- signatures will be delivered to City Hall to demonstrate the community's interest in maintaining our local green spaces!

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