The Passing of Jimmy Swartz - Longtime AOC Member - Memorial at the HawkWatch Tower, Hazel Bazemore Co. Park, October 15th, 2 p.m.

Jimmy Swartz, longtime AOC member, highly respected birder, mentor to many, and all-around wonderful man, passed on July 17, 2017.  A memorial service is being planned sometime in October at Hazel Bazemore Park on the Hawk Watch Pavilion.  Jimmy was an avid "hawk watcher" for many, many years.  He enjoyed helping others see the kettles as they approached the Hawk Watch area.  The Memorial date will appear in the September newsletter, here on the website, and will also be emailed or mailed to AOC members.

The following is the obituary posted by the Sawyer George Funeral Home:                         James R. “Jimmy” Swartz, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas at the age of 93. He was born September 19, 1923 in Mission, Texas to Guy and Kathryn Swartz.  He graduated from Corpus Christi High School.  He served  in the Army Air Corp during World War II.  Upon his return from the service he was employed by Southern Community Gas Co. which later became Coastal States Gas and finally Valero Energy Corp.  He retired from Valero Transmission Co. in 1989.  Jimmy was an avid birder.  He and his wife, Patty, were members of the Audubon Outdoor Club for many years.  He and Patty hosted many eager birders from all over the world to view the migrating birds from their home on the Nueces River.  Jimmy led many birding field trips, sharing his knowledge of native birds.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Patricia Anne, three sisters, Evelyn Polete (C.M. “Pop”), Betty Martens (Paul), and Joyce Peterson (Phil).

He is survived by two sons, Gary (Jan) Swartz and Glenn Swartz; three grandchildren, Jason (April) Swartz, Greg (Pam) Swartz, Kathy (Travis) Kersten; seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to the staff at the Villa South Assisted Living facility and Christus Spohn Hospice for their special care and support in caring for Jimmy.

The Audubon Outdoor Club is hosting a Memorial Service at Hazel Bazemore County Park on October 15, Sunday, 2 p.m.  Bring your memories and photos.  Refreshments will be available.

Those who wish may make donations to the Audubon Outdoor Club of Corpus Christi in his memory.

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Photo by Beth Hoekje.

2017 Great Texas Birding Classic Awards Two Conservation Grants to AOC!

Vice-President Libby Evan informed the Board that the two projects she submitted to Texas Parks and Wildlife for consideration by winning teams have each been awarded $5000. The conservation projects are for Held/Moran Nature Preserve and Polliwog Pond Bird Sanctuary.

The Toyota Conservation Grant, Regional Big Day - Upper Texas Coast; Selected by HAS-Swarovski Optik  UTC Hawks/Swarovski Optik, N.A.   Project:  The Held/Moran Nature Preserve - submitted by Audubon Outdoor Club of Corpus Christi. Funding from this project will be used to remove invasive Brazilian Pepper trees, create walking trails and develop and install permanent educational signage, including maps and interpretive information.

The Upper Texas Coast Big Sit! Conservation Grant - Selected by Artist Boat's Courageous Conservationists/Artist Boat, Inc.   Project: Polliwog Pond Bird Sanctuary - Submitted by Audubon Outdoor Club of Corpus Christi. Funds will be used to remove invasive plants and trees at Polliwog Pond, install educational signs with maps and wildlife identification and construct a pier/boardwalk into one of the pond areas to enhance viewing experiences for birders and other wildlife watchers.

Many thanks to Libby for submitting these two proposals.  She reports that the funds will probably be available in September or October.  There is a six-month window to spend the funds on the projects. If any of you know organizations/company owners who can help with invasive plant removal and/or scouts needing Eagle Projects, please contact Libby at her email address:

Raffle Winners Drawn at AOC Meeting, May 9

The winner of the Guy Morrow painting "Royal Terns on the Beach" is Karis Barron of Houston, TX.  Blair Hoch, AOC member who lives in Corpus Christi, won the autographed book by Roger Tory Peterson.  Audrey Reader, AOC member who lives in Amberg, Germany, won the lovely needlepoint of birds on a tube feeder.

Raffle ticket donations totaled $735!  These funds will help support maintenance of the AOC sanctuaries.

Thank you to all who donated and to those who "sold" the tickets. 


Earth Day - Bay Day Sales, A Big Success

Today, April 8, the AOC sold $872.50 of merchandise at the Earth Day - Bay Day Festival! That is a great day - as all proceeds go to supporting the AOC sanctuaries.  

Pat Botkin and Adrienne Kerr did an exceptional job of getting many suitcases full of books and boxes full of birding related items to Heritage Park, then displaying them on two tables. Other members who assisted included Jo Creglow, Judy Kestner, Judith Reader, Shane Reader and Karen Smith. These events are long days - about 9 hours today.  So if you can volunteer for a shift at the next event, please do.  The South Texas Botanical Gardens is hosting the "Birdiest Festival in North America" April 20 - 23.  Please call Pat Botkin 361-726-8448 or Adrienne Kerr 361-688-8395 if you are able to volunteer for a shift.