Field Trips
  

SUNDAY, April 23, 2017, 7:30 AM - WHITE ROCK LAKE Field Trip with Chris Runk!  Meeting Place:  Proceed to where West Lawther and White Rock Road intersect. At this point, you either go straight if coming south on W. Lawther or turn right if coming east on White Rock Road. You’ll go down the hill, under the jogging path and wind around past the guard house, filter building and sculling building. Park in the big lot where White Rock Road dead ends. Description: Arrive promptly at 7:30 AM to join us for a field trip on foot at one of Dallas' prime birding locations. Expected species include resident and wintering waterfowl. Approximately 2 to 3 hours. No RVSP required. 

 

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, April 28-30, 2017, from 1:00 P.M. on Friday to 12 noon on Sunday- Sabine Woods with Mike Millican. Initial meeting spot will be the Sabine Pass Motel listed below.

Location: Sabine Woods 18 miles south of Port Arthur, Texas, about 310 miles southeast of Dallas on the border of Texas and Louisiana. Roughly 30 acres of oak, pecan, hackberry, and mulberry with associated understory. Owned by the Texas Ornithological Society and managed by the Golden Triangle Audubon Society. The property is surrounded by grassy marsh. Sea Rim State Park, Texas Point Wildlife Refuge, and McFadden Wildlife Refuge are all less than 10 miles away.

Birds: Spring migrants crossing the Gulf of Mexico from Yucatan Peninsula, shore and marsh birds. 35 warbler species have been seen at this location. To view daily bird checklists for Sabine Woods and immediate surrounding area  go to ebird, Click on Explore a Region, and enter Jefferson County, Texas and the lists will appear. The list posters are very competent birders.

Accommodations: Trip leader will be staying at the Sabine Pass Motel, 5623 Greenwich Street, Sabine Pass, Texas 77655, 409-213-5020. It is the only hotel in the town and is typical of many small town locally owned establishments. It is clean and adequate and Mike Millican has stayed there numerous times. The owners live on the property and are attentive hosts. Each room has a microwave, small fridge, color TV, cable, and free internet, and a guest laundry. Some rooms have a kitchenette. Rooms run about $60. per night. You can google other locations near Sabine Pass if you desire more upscale accommodations. This motel is 6 miles east of Sabine Woods and directly across the street from the Sabine Pass High School. Note that this is a very small town. You will not get lost.

What to bring: Binoculars, bird field guide, water bottle, half gallon water container to refill your bottle from the car, $20 cash to purchase a permit to bird there ( helps local Audubon Chapter defray costs of maintenance), food which you can prepare and eat in your room, bug spray, sunscreen, long pants and long sleeved shirt ( there will be mosquitos), wide-brimmed hat, shoes for flat soft ground walking, footwear for possible muddy conditions from rain, and rain gear. Trails are excellent.

Directions: There are many possible routes of travel. The easiest and most direct from Dallas is IS 45 south to Houston. Take IS 10 east to Winnie. At Winnie take Texas 73 east towards Port Arthur. Just west of Port Arthur you will see Texas 87 south. Go south 12 miles to Sabine Pass. turn right at the town staying on 87 3-4 blocks to the motel on the right. This will be the meeting spot for the trip. There are several other routes which the Texas highway map will reveal to the traveler. Five and a half hours from Dallas by the interstate route above.

RSVP: Mike Millican at mnuthatch@aol.com or cell 214-537-1826. Let him know your travel preference. Trip is limited to 12 people. Carpooling may be possible.

 

SATURDAY, August 19, 2017, SUNRISE (half day) - SOUTHSIDE WATER TREATMENT PLANT!  Directions: At the junction of 175 and 635 (LBJ). Turn SE toward Kaufman. Go to the third side road - Beltline. Turn SE or right onto Beltline. Go 1.5 miles to the parking lot outside the entrance and meet Bob there. Description: The Southside Water Treatment Plant cleans about 50 million gallons of water daily, to return to the Trinity River. Its wetlands and surrounding area provide a welcome refuge to migratory and local birds, many of which are seldom seen in Dallas. We will focus on shorebirds, raptors and wading birds. This trip is limited to 15 people due to security concerns.

RSVP Required! If you’re interested, you need to RSVP to Bob Stone by July 28. Email the following information to Bob at rgstone@sbcglobal.net using the following format with your information:  

ROBERT STONE

9135 COCHRAN HEIGHTS DRIVE, DALLAS, TEXAS 75220

E-MAIL; rgstone@sbcgobal.net

PHONE; 214-287-9940

 

SATURDAY, January 20, 2018,SUNRISE (half day) - SOUTHSIDE WATER TREATMENT PLANT!  Directions: At the junction of 175 and 635 (LBJ). Turn SE toward Kaufman. Go to the third side road - Beltline. Turn SE or right onto Beltline. Go 1.5 miles to the parking lot outside the entrance and meet Bob there. Description: The Southside Water Treatment Plant cleans about 50 million gallons of water daily, to return to the Trinity River. Its wetlands and surrounding area provide a welcome refuge to migratory and local birds, many of which are seldom seen in Dallas. We will focus on shorebirds, raptors and wading birds. This trip is limited to 15 people due to security concerns.

RSVP Required! If you’re interested, you need to RSVP to Bob Stone by December 29, 2017. Email the following information to Bob at rgstone@sbcglobal.net using the following format with your information:  

ROBERT STONE

9135 COCHRAN HEIGHTS DRIVE, DALLAS, TEXAS 75220

E-MAIL; rgstone@sbcgobal.net

PHONE; 214-287-9940

 
 
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We’re official! The sign says it all.  Audubon Dallas is now part of "For the Love of the Lake", the group that truly loves White Rock Lake. We’re responsible for trash pick-up in the Old Fish Hatchery on a once-per-month basis, so I’ve added a few minutes to our bird walks in there on Sundays. Join us as the weather cools off and the winter birds arrive. Check the field trip schedule on this page for our monthly walks. Dates will also be posted on our Facebook page.  Above photo is of our November 13th "Field Trippers"!
 
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Field trips may be cancelled due to weather or for other reasons, at the discretion of the field trip leader. Notice of last minute changes will be posted, if possible, on the Late-Breaking News forum of the "Bird Talk" page. Be on time because trips will depart at the "meeting" time. Most field trips are free and open to everyone, beginners to veteran birders, however some may have an associated fee which will be indicated. Be sure to dress for the weather and conditions, bring food and drinks as indicated, and be prepared with insect repellent, sun block, and a hat. At press time, possible additional field trips are still in development, so please check the Field Trips page on the website regularly for updates.

NOTE: It is very important that you RSVP for each trip where it is required.

To ensure our members and visitors have maximum opportunities to observe birds and nature, Audubon Dallas, Fort Worth Audubon Society, and Prairie & Timbers Audubon Society have agreed to put links on our Field Trips pages to the web pages of the other chapters. To check out what the other chapters are planning, you can go to these links. Happy birding!

http://prairieandtimbers.org/fieldtrips.htm http://fwas.org