Celebration of Flight, the HawkWatch at Hazel Bazemore Co Park

The Annual Fall Migration Spectacular is underway for viewing on the Hawk Watch Platform located at Hazel Bazemore County Park.  It began in early August and ends in November.  Official HawkWatch counters and viewers are reporting Swallow-tailed Kites, White-tailed Kites, Mississippi Kites and others in August.  The variety and number of species increases until the largest numbers of Broad-winged Hawks are seen towards the end of September. 

The Celebration of Flight is scheduled for the last weekend in September, 28th - 30th. AOC members will host our sales and information tables. The Sky King Raptor show will perform several times each day.  Guest lectures on hawks and migration are scheduled.  Master Naturalist will provide activities for children beginning on Saturday morning. Sunday events typically end with a blessing ceremony by Native American groups from the area - a sure way to bring in hawks! 

Specific times for the raptor shows, lectures, and children's activities will be posted when available.  

Urban Garden Show, sponsored by Grow Local South Texas

The AOC is participating in this exciting event scheduled for September 15, 2018 at the Learning Garden located at 3808 Up River Road.  We plan to have a table to share information about birding in Corpus Christi and will likely have pins, books and bird feeders to sell. Member Beth Hoekje will give a birding presentation.  Other AOC members may be leading bird watching activities before the start of the event. 

Other presentations include Native Plants to Attract Birds, tours of the learning garden, and a talk about tree planting in our community - and their relation to birds. There will also be a table with bird themed arts & crafts for kids, and a table for making pollinator seed bombs with seeds that attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees in the fall. And more!

We encourage our AOC members to be a part of this "First" event by the Grow Local South Texas organization.  If you would like more information about the event, Michelle Kish of Grow Local South Texas can be reached at 210-251-9891.

Fifth Grade Student Contributes to AOC Website

Robin Sharkey, a teacher with Kingston Schools, sent us the following email about her tutoring student, Hallie, finding our AOC website and using information from the website for her report on birds and migration.  Shane Reader, originator of the website, has placed Hallie's recommended resource for beginning birds in the "Birding" section of our website. Check it out!

Email Address: robin.sharkey@kingstonschools.org

Subject: CC AOC- Student's birds/migration project

Message: Good morning,
I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for the club's birding web page, (www.audubonoutdoorclub.com/birding/) My tutoring student student Hallie (she's in 5th grade) found it at our session yesterday afternoon when she was researching for a birds & migration project... She thought we should tell you that she was using the page:) 

We were able to find some great birding information for her project so it turned out to be a great help, and we enjoyed learning about birdwatching so thanks:) Also- since we used your resources, we thought we should return the favor and share a birding resource, too... 

Hallie picked out- Beginners Guide to Bird Watching - www.blindschalet.com/kba-guide-to-bird-watching-from-our-window-257.html
It has great bird watching info for beginners, with links to resources on bird identification, binoculars, ethics, & clubs. She thought it would be a helpful addition to the extra resources at the bottom of the birding page she found! I hope you can add it... Hallie would be thrilled to see that she helped you folks out and I'd loved to show her at our next session:)

Thanks again!

Sincerely,
Hallie and Ms. Sharkey

AOC Donates to Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program

Shore birds nesting sites that have been established by the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program (CBBEP) suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Harvey.  AOC members voted to donate $2000 towards materials needed to restore the nesting sites. 

The AOC newsletter will be providing information on work days to assist in the restoration projects as the information comes available.