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Calendar of Events

 
 
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. 
 

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, clip-pers and your other favorite brush clearing tools. Increasingly, rotary lawn-mowers are helpful. Also bring gloves and other protective gear, including mosquito repellant. The drought has resulted in relatively limited growth of vegetation over the last six months, so this will be a "light" work day. In addition, we have funds through the TNRCC Supple-mental Environmental Pro-jects program for habitat improve-ment, which will enable us to hire contractors to do some of the heavier work. Call John Whittle 409-722-4193 for further informa-tion.

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. Ted Eubanks will be speaking about the History of the Birding Trail and its impact on Southeast Texas as 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
 We will be taking our booth from the Home and Garden Show to this event. Volunteers are needed to help set up and man the booth. Call Jeannie Lanclos at 409-724-1307 to volunteer.

March 16 -- Membership Meeting.
See front page for details.

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. Full participation will require a lot of walking on firm moist sand, but there will probably be many birds closer in.

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 tconr@mindspring.com.

April 20 -- Membership Meeting
 Jace Stansbury will present a program on Purple Martins.

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. This trip will involve only easy walking.

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.
 

Refreshments
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.

 
Gentling Brothers Art Exhibition
Thanks to a generous donation by Entergy, we are sponsoring an exhibition of 22 large life-size watercolors of birds by the Gentling Brothers in the style of John James Audubon at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas during April.
 There will be a reception on Friday evening, March 31, before the official opening on April 1. The exhibition will run through the month of April. The Art Museum is at 500 Main Street in Beaumont and is open Monday through Friday 9 to 5, Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday 12 to 5.  Admission is free, although donations are appreciated.
 The Migration Celebration -- see Calendar, March 11 -- is sponsoring a Coloring Contest at all the schools in the area covered by the Big Thicket Loop. The winners from each school will also be on display at the Art Museum during the exhibition.