Field Trips
 

SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM - HIGH HOPE RANCH with Mike Millican. Location: High Hope Ranch five miles southeast of Glen Rose, Texas. Google High Hope Ranch for more information. Directions: From Dallas take US 67 south to Glen Rose. Continue south on 67 3-4 miles to County Road 2008. Turn left. There is a sign that says Fossil Rim Ranch. Go past the Fossil Rim entrance and continue on 2008 about 2-3 miles to County Road 2009. Turn right. Go 2-3 miles upward on 2009 and  turn right  into the Ranch. There is a large arching sign with High Hope Ranch on the top. The last quarter mile on 2009 before you reach the entrance is lined with cedars which block the sign. So drive slowly. Come .25 miles passing ponds on your right and left and you will see us gathered in the open to the left. An alternate route from Dallas is: Take I-20 west towards Fort Worth. Go past Loop 820 to Chisholm Trail Parkway. Exit south onto the Parkway till it intersects US 67. Go south to Glen Rose and follow the above directions to the Ranch. Both routes take 21/4 hours with moderate traffic. Carpool and Caravan: Saturday morning. Let Mike Millican know your preference and how you will be traveling. A hotel in Glen Rose on Friday night is another alternative.Description: Golden-cheeked Warbler, possibly Blacked-capped Vireo, remaining winter residents, and early spring migrants. What to Bring:  Binoculars, water bottle, shoes or boots for rocky ground, long pants, and weather appropriate clothing. This is Hill country terrain with moderate to short steep climbs on occasion. RSVP to Mike Millican at mnuthatch@aol.com or cell 214-537-1826. Let him know your travel preference. Trip is limited to 10 people.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2017, 8:00 - 10:00 AM - SPRING CREEK PRESERVE Bird Walk with Reba Collins, certified Master Birder. Meeting Place: 1787 Holford Road, Garland, TX. Description: Let’s look for spring migrating birds in Spring Creek Forest. Come for a morning walk and learn to identify some of our resident and spring migrating birds. Dress for the weather. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable walking shoes. If it has been raining, mud boots are appropriate. No RVSP required.  Download the preserve’s new interpretive TRAIL GUIDE!

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017, 7:30-10:00 AM -  TRINITY BIRD COUNT - Area 18: Clear Fork Trinity River.  Meeting Place: Between 7:00 - 7:30 AM - meet for coffee at Starbucks, Trinity Commons, 3000 S Hulen St #143, Fort Worth, TX 76109 (near Wild Bird Center). Location: Clear Fork Trinity River. We will park on Bellaire near the bridge that crosses the tributary of the river. The trail is paved. (Google maps calls it Fort Worth Branch Trinity Trails System). From there we will walk along the river to just under the bridge at the Chisholm Trail Parkway (Toll Road). We are across the river from the Press Cafe and future home of "The Shops at Clear Fork". Please RSVP to Tom Haase at tom.haase@sbcglobal.net or 817-229-4987. Let him know whether you will meet him at Starbucks or at the trail.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2017, 7:30 AM (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 March 24. 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

 

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. 

 

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