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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Mar
4
6:30 AM06:30

Laredo Field Trip: Aransas Bird and Nature Club/AOC

Laredo Field Trip

Aransas Bird and Nature Club/Audubon Outdoor Club

 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

 

Co-leaders for this action-packed trip will be Susan Foster, Judy Kestner, and Laredo’s own Raul Delgado.  As we need to get an early start, and Laredo is approximately a 3 hour drive from Rockport, most participants will need to plan for a hotel on Friday night.  We recommend the Best Western San Isidro, which is very close to our first stop on Saturday.   A room with a king bed at the Best Western is $120 per night and with two queens is $130.  The address is: 1410 Hospitality Drive, Laredo, Texas 78045.  Their phone number is 956-723-1600 and website is www.bestwestern.com .  Please feel free to find other accommodations if this does not work for you.  

 

Since we will be caravaning to the different birding spots, we will limit the number of participants to 20.  I will keep a waiting list if we have more than that who are interested.

 

We will leave from the Best Western parking lot on Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. as we head for our first stop, the Max Mandel Municipal Golf Course.  Our target birds at the Max are Red-billed Pigeons, White-collared Seedeaters, and Gray Hawks.  There is no fee, but we must rent golf carts, which cost $19 for two people.  

 

We will spend about three hours at the Max and then hit other Laredo hot spots, with lunch being at a local restaurant depending where we are at the time.  We plan on finishing up the trip at approximately 3:00 p.m. for those who want to get back to Corpus Christi/Rockport.  Some participants have told me they plan to stay Saturday night as well.  There is definitely enough birding to do that!  

 

Please bring walkie talkies and fresh batteries if you have them, as well as plenty of water, insect repellent, sunscreen and a hat.  Long pants are recommended as that country is full of prickly things.  The average high temperature in March is 80 degrees with a low of 57, so dress accordingly, and keep an eye on the weather.  It can be quite variable.

 

Raul is a professional Laredo guide, so we are also collecting $10 each for his fee, which is a real bargain for an all-day trip.

 

If you have any questions, please contact:

 

Susan Foster

idratherbebirding@gmail.com

956-337-4011

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Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

February Mtg: The Audubon Christmas Bird Count Reports

Audubon Christmas Bird Count reports from Corpus Christi, Flour Bluff, Kingsville, Rockport, Port Aransas, Welder Wildlife Refuge and possibly others will be presented.  It is always interesting to hear how the counts have changed over the past few decades.

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

See you there!

Mary King photographed this Golden-crowned Warbler in Refugio, Lyons/Shelley Park. Not a Christmas Bird Count bird, but a wonderful bird to see and photograph.

Mary King photographed this Golden-crowned Warbler in Refugio, Lyons/Shelley Park. Not a Christmas Bird Count bird, but a wonderful bird to see and photograph.

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Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

December Mtg: Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve

Jose Manuel Canto, M.S. will present on the history, mission and current status of the development of the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve.  If you have not visited this amazingly wonderful site, located at the eastern end of Wooldridge Road, you need to go soon.  Take your children, grandchildren or young neighbors, too.

AOC meetings are held at the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 South Staples Street.

 

 

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Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

September Picnic at Fred Jones Nature Sanctuary

Covered Dish Picnic and meeting at our AOC sanctuary, Fred Jones Nature Sanctuary, west of Portland. Bring your special dish and renew acquaintances, hear what's new.

Take the Moore Ave. (FM 893) exit from Hwy. 181 in Portland, TX. Go west for 6.5 miles. At the four-way traffic stop, turn left onto County Road 3265 (Koonce Loop Road). Go 0.5 miles and the Sanctuary is on the left. Park along the road.

  

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Aug
1
to Nov 15

Hawk Watch at Hazel Bazemore Begins in August!

Photograph by Mary King, AOC Member

Photograph by Mary King, AOC Member

The Hawk Watch at Hazel Bazemore begins! Come and join the industrious and friendly group of counters and supporters at Hazel Bazemore County Park, located north of FM 624 on CO 69 in Calallen. Dane Ferrell will be there, along with others.

You will have an amazing time!

Hawk migration is a true spectacle of the natural world and the watch at Hazel Bazemore Park 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.

All events will be held at Hazel Bazemore Park and are open to the public free of charge thanks to the support of Swarovski Optik. Be sure and visit our vendor tent 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.

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. Much of these programs will take place ABOVE the audience and are sure to impress and delight any crowd.

Friday- 2:30 PM | Saturday-10:00 AM and 2:30 PM

        Neil Paprocki

Neil 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. HawkWatch International’s Conservation Biologist, Neil has a diverse 10-year background in raptor research and conservation including work with California Condors, Gyrfalcons, Rough-legged Hawks, Golden Eagles, Short-eared Owls, and more. Neil lends assistance to HWI’s migration network, while also managing projects on Wintering Raptors, Short-eared Owls, and the Gunsight Mountain, Alaska migration site.

Friday- 11:00 AM | Saturday- 1 PM | Sunday- 11:00 AM

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.

Sunday- 1:00 PM

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.

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 23
11 am Neil Paprocki program “HawkWatch International: 30 Years of Raptor Research and Conservation”
2:30 pm Sky Kings Falconry live raptor program “Wildlife Revealed”


Saturday, September 24
10 am Sky Kings Falconry live raptor program “Wildlife Revealed”
11 am Neil Paprocki program “ An Overview of HWI’s Current Migration Network and Science Projects”
2:30 pm Sky Kings Falconry live raptor program “Wildlife Revealed”

Sunday, September 25
11 am Neil Paprocki program “Gunsight Mountain, Alaska: HawkWatch International’s Newest Spring Migration Site
1 pm Native American Blessing Ceremony

Our Mission

To monitor and promote the conservation of eagles, hawks, and other birds of prey and to strive to increase public awareness of and commitment to birds of prey and the ecosystems that support them. We believe that by protecting raptors we are protecting ourselves, our shared environment, and our rich natural heritage. Our staff, along with many volunteers, man the watch daily to count raptors by species and collect other important data. Your donations and membership in HWI will help us continue to do this important work.

 

Eyes To The Skies!

The Corpus Christi Hawk Watch at Hazel Bazemore Park is a HawkWatch International (HWI) site. HWI is the only group that conducts full season counts in Texas and deserves our full support. The watch would not be possible without the many wonderful volunteers that help man the site all season. A special thanks to the Nueces County Parks and Recreation Department and their staff at Hazel Bazemore Park for providing such a magnificent place to watch hawks.

The event sponsor for "Celebration of Flight" is….SWAROVSKI OPTIK.
 

 

 



 

 

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Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

June Picnic at the Fred Jones Nature Sanctuary, Portland

Please join us for our "end of the year" covered dish supper.  We have plates, utensils, and some bench seating.  You may want to bring a table and chairs if you have them. We bring a food item  to share, Family Style, including salads, appetizers, meat/chicken, vegetables, fruit, or desserts. It is a great way to enjoy one another's company and a good meal.  Also, we can watch birds coming to the water feature, jumping around in the trees or flying overhead. 

Hope to see you there.  If you need directions, either check your membership guide or call Judith Reader, 361-443-6799.

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