When: April 15, 2017
Where: Birding at High Island and Anahuac NWR with Pete Vail
What to expect: peak of bird migration, thousands of shorebirds, hundreds of colorful songbirds, and lunch on a salt dome rimmed by oil wells!
What to bring: binoculars (if you have them, but not absolutely necessary), hat, sunscreen, water, lunch, full gas tank, friends. All are welcome. No experience necessary.
Organizers: Cin-Ty Lee and Martha Lou Broussard
Meet at 10 AM at Anahuac NWR Nature Store (NOTE THAT THERE ARE SEVERAL REFUGE AREAS, SO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DIRECTIONS BELOW)
From Houston, take I-10 east. Get off on EXIST 812 (TX-61/Hankamer/Anahuac). Turn right (south) on TX-61, which will eventually become FM 562. At the Y intersection, turn left onto Whites Ranch Rd (FM1985). From the T intersection, continue for about 3 miles to Anahuac NWR sign on your right. Turn right and go south for 2.5 miles to nature store.
For iphone or google maps, insert these coordinates 29.614916, -94.535613 or “Friends of Anahuac Refuge Nature Store” (default on iphone will take you somewhere else). MAP
We will do the Shoveler Pond loop and look for various waterbirds.
12 PM – Lunch at High Island, First Baptist Church
1368 Weeks Ln, High Island, TX 77623
From Anahuac, return to FM 1985 and turn right (east). Continue until you reach TX 124. Turn right (south) to High Island. Cross intracoastal canal and then veer left on Weeks Road to the church.
The First Baptist Church holds a BBQ every Saturday of April. Those of us who want to eat BBQ can eat there, others can bring their own lunches. We will picnic outside of the church.
Stop 3. High Island
1 PM – High Island Boy Scout Woods
From the church, continue south on Weeks Rd. Turn right on 7th and then an immediate left on Dunman. At the intersection of Dunman and 5th, there is a parking lot. Park here and walk to Boy Scout woods (handicap parking after turning left on 5th).
2 PM – High Island Smith Oaks Heron Rookery
Retrace route to Weeks Rd, but instead of going back to the church, turn right on Old Mexico Road until you reach Smith Oaks headquarters.
Contact Cin-Ty Lee or Martha Lou Broussard for more details, ride-sharing, etc. Please let us know if you are coming so that we don’t leave anyone behind at the meeting spot.
Cin-Ty Lee – 713 348 5084 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Martha Lou Broussard (email@example.com)