Birds & Weather
Central Iowa Birds
of Big Bluestem Audubon
Our annual season-ending wrap-up will have two parts to it this year. We will start the day at 8:00 AM with a tour of Story County's brand new Jordan Family Wildlife Area (where 265th St crosses the South Skunk River, south of Ames). We will then move on to Hickory Grove Park (SSW of Colo) for birding and a potluck brunch. Bring a food item. Plates, utensils, and napkins may also come in handy.
Birding trip to the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Gulf Coast of Texas!!!
Big Bluestem Audubon Society, based in Ames, IA, is excited to be leading a birding tour of the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) and Gulf Coast of Texas that will include six full days of subtropical birding. The LRGV is one of the elite birding hotspots in the United States, with some species that are seen nowhere else in the United States, that every true birder needs to visit at least once. The LRGV and the Texas Gulf Coast also offer an amazing array of butterflies, odonates, herptiles and mammals. A few of the many amazing birds that we will be targeting on this trip will include: Plain Chachalaca, Common Pauraque, Least Grebe, Green Jay, Great Kiskadee, Couch's and Tropical Kingbird, Vermilion Flycatcher, Red-billed Pigeon, White-tipped Dove, Black-crested Titmouse, Audubon's and Altamira Oriole, Gray-colored Thrush, Green and Ringed Kingfisher, Aplomado Falcon, Crested Caracara, Harris’s, Gray, Zone-tailed and White-tailed Hawk, Whooping Crane, Groove-billed Ani, Northern Beardless-Tyrranulet, Golden-fronted and Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Tricolored and Little Blue Heron, Reddish Egret, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy, Piping and Wilson's Plover, Royal, Sandwich and Gull-billed Tern, Black Skimmer, American Oystercatcher, Red Knot, Mottled Duck, Fulvous and Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Monk Parakeet and Red-crowned Parrot, plus many, many more, including the possibility of rarities that wander up from Mexico! WHEN: Saturday, November 10th through Saturday, November 18th, 2017 WHERE: We will be based out of Weslaco, TX, in the heart of the LRGV! We may range anywhere between the Laredo, Corpus Christi and Brownsville areas. COST: $1000 for a double-occupancy hotel room and $1400 for a single-occupancy hotel room. A deposit of $250 will secure one of the twenty slots for the trip. Only full payment by 8/11/17 will guarantee trip participation. This fee includes: - Hotel accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express Weslaco for 7 nights, including a hot breakfast - All transportation while in Texas - Birding guides/drivers - All entrance and excursion fees - A four-hour boat excursion out of Rockport, TX across Aransas Bay to Aransas NWR to get close looks at the over-wintering Whooping Cranes and other wildlife of all kinds! NOTE: This fee does not include transportation to and from Texas. All participants are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from Weslaco, TX and for all meals, excluding breakfast, which is provided by the hotel. WHO: All birders are eligible to participate! We have set a cap of 20 participants for this trip, with a minimum of 13 participants needed for the trip to proceed. Registration will be closed at the end of the day on Friday, August 11th. HOW: Send an email to Eric Ollie (BBAS Field Trip Chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org stating: - Your name - Your full mailing address - Your phone number - Your email address - Whether you want a double or single-occupancy hotel room (Only 4 single-occupancy rooms will be guaranteed!) - For those who choose double-occupancy, please include the name of the person you will be sharing a room with, or you may be paired up with another participant. Emails will be responded to with more information, registration materials and answers to any questions you may have. Eric Ollie Ames, IA
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