TRINITY BIRD COUNT – AREA 1: Campion Trail, Elm Fork DATE: Saturday, January 24 TIME: 7:30 - 10:30 am PLACE: Bird's Fort Trail Park, Campion Trail, Irving, TX DIRECTIONS: Meet at Bird Fort Trail Park (5756 Riverside Dr., Irving, TX) DESCRIPTION: The Trinity Bird Count seeks to inventory the various bird species that use the Metroplex stretch of the Trinity River in order to inform bird habitat conservation and management along the river. Since 2011, birders have shared observations for more than 240 bird species! This project welcomes participation from everyone, from novices to a seasoned birders. Individual observations from solo birding are welcome, and guided groups counts are a great way for beginners to get involved. For more information, including a map of count areas and how to share your observations via eBird, please visit the Trinity Bird Count page. RSVP to Stephen Fuqua at Stephen@safnet.com.
HAGERMAN NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
DATE: Saturday, January 24
TIME: 9:00 AM MEETING PLACE: Visitor Center, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092 DESCRIPTION: Long-time birder Master Naturalist Jim Varnum leads a birding trip at Hagerman NWR in Grayson County, Everyone is invited from beginners to long-timers. Expect to see 40+ bird species including grebes, pelicans, geese, ducks (10 species), raptors, herons and egrets, other water birds, woodland and prairie birds. No charge. Dress for the weather of the day. Bring binoculars, bird guides, water, snacks, lunch. RSVP not required, but appreciated, to Jim at email@example.com or 214-543-2055 (cell). Ask about carpooling. Hagerman website Friends of Hagerman
White Rock Lake & Old Fish Hatchery
Date: Sunday, February 8
Time: 7:30 AM Leader: Chris Runk
Meeting Place: Parking lot off Winsted Drive by the Spillway. 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 winter residents and Gulls. Binoculars are necessary for this trip. Approximately 2 to 3 hours. No RVSP required.
White Rock Lake - Sunset Bay & Spillway
Date: Tuesday, February 10 Times: 8:00 AM at Sunset Bay (behind Doctor's Hospital off Poppy Drive), 9:00 AM at the Spillway parking lot (on Winsted Drive off Garland Road). Leader: Jim Varnum Description: Informal birding. Everyone is invited from beginners to long-timers! Expect to see lots of waterbirds: Pelicans, herons and egrets, ducks, coots, gulls & terns. Also, wintering forest birds: robins, wrens, woodpeckers, chickadees, maybe a surprise bird or two. Approximately 2 to 3 hours. No RVSP required.
White Rock Lake & Old Fish Hatchery
Date: Sunday, March 8
Time: 7:30 AM Leader: Chris Runk Meeting Place: Parking lot off Winsted Drive by the Spillway. 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.Binoculars are necessary for this trip. Approximately 2 to 3 hours. No RVSP required.
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. Let's go birding!