|If you can present a program of interest to a Membership Meeting, or
know of some person who can, please contact Jana Whittle at (409) 722-4193.
For more information on field trips, please contact Steve Mayes,
(409) 722-5807 or the trip leader.
February 3 through 6 -- Lawn, Garden and Home Improvement Expo "House
With A Heart".
If this issue reaches you in time, please volunteer to help set
up and man our booth at this show to be held February 4 through 6 at the
Beaumont Civil Center. Call Jeannie Lanclos at 409-724-1307 as soon as
In addition to our booth, there will be other items of interest,
including a series of educational topics presented by the Jefferson County
Master Gardeners Association in cooperation with the Texas Agricultural
February 17 -- Membership Meeting.
See front page of this issue.
February 19 - Field Trip.
Nature Conservancy's Sandyland Sanctuary, looking for the wintering
birds of Southeast Texas. Brown-headed Nuthatches are quite common in the
area, and we should find woodpeckers and a few sparrows in the open areas.
Meet at the Sanctuary parking lot at 7:30 a.m. After rains, the low lying
parts of the sanctuary and the floodplain trail may be wet or even under
water. Rubber boots recommended in those circumstances. The Sanctuary is
on Highway 327, which runs from Highway 69/287 just south of Kounzte over
to Business Highway 96 in Silsbee. From the south, it is probably easiest
to take Highway 69/287 and turn right (east) on Highway 327. The entrance
to the parking lot is on the north side of the road, immediately after
the highway dips down to cross Village Creek. (Most of the sanctuary is
on a bluff on the east side of the creek.)
March 11 - Sabine Woods Work Day
Please come help us prepare the Woods for the birds in advance of spring
migration. Meet at the Woods at 7:30 a.m. or later. Bring pruning shears,
clippers and your other favorite brush clearing tools. Increasingly, rotary
lawnmowers are helpful. Also bring gloves and other protective gear, including
mosquito repellant. Call John Whittle 409-722-4193 for further information.
March 11 - Big Thicket Loop of Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail
-- South-east Texas Migration Celebration
To celebrate the opening of the Upper Texas Coast section of the trail,
the Convention and Visitors Bureaus and Chambers of Commerce associated
with the Big Thicket Loop will be presenting a series of displays and programs
at the new Texas Travel Information Center on Interstate 10 in Orange from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
March 16 -- Membership Meeting.
Unfortunately, P. D. Hulce will be unable to speak at the March meeting
because of a conflict with an important duty at work. Watch next month's
Brown Pelican for details of our March program.
March 18 -- Field Trip.
Following tradition, we will seek early migrating shorebirds at Bolivar
Flats, meeting at the vehicle barrier at 8:30 a.m., or join the group out
on the flats shortly after. The Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary is accessed
from Highway 87 about three miles east of the Ferry landing on the Bolivar.
Turn south from Highway 87 along Rettilon Road (opposite the eastern intersection
of Loop 108 with Highway 87. If sand conditions permit, drive onto
the beach, turn right (west), and drive approximately one half-mile to
the vehicle barrier.
April 14-16 -- Twenty-first Annual Texas Wilderness Pow Wow.
This will be held at the Townsend Park Recreation Area in the Angelina
National Forest near Broaddus. Featured will be walks into the Turkey Hill
Wilderness. For more information, contact the Texas Committee on Natural
Resources, 1301 South IH-35, Suite 301, Austin, Texas 78741. Tel: (512)
441-1122; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 20 -- Membership Meeting
Jace Stansbury will present a program on Chimney Swifts
April 22 - Field Trip
Bird Walk at Sea Rim State Park and Sabine Woods. Meet at the headquarters
area of Sea Rim State Park at 7:30 a.m.
May 13 - North American Migration Count - Jefferson County. Contact
John whittle 409-722-4193 for details.
May 18 -- Membership Meeting.
Details in later issues of the Brown Pelican.
Each month, we rely on volunteers to provide the refreshments at our membership
meeting. Volunteers are still needed for several meetings in 2000. Please
contact Jana Whittle, 722-4193, with your offer to help.