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Spring Fling Weekender April 17-19 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James (Jim) L. Hailey   
Sunday, 15 February 2015 09:54

TOS will hold a Weekender in Port Lavaca April 17-19 with Dr. Brent Ortego acting as our instructor/guide.  Brent will hold classes on both Friday and Saturday evening to go over the field trips and what we can expect to encounter.  I am excited to announce that the Saturday field trip will be to the newly acquired 17,000 + acre Powderhorn Ranch in Calhoun County.  This ranch comprises 3500 acres of wetlands, 4000 acres of live oak forest and 2700 acres of native grasslands.  On Sunday Brent will take us to the Guadalupe WMA for the field trip before we head home.  This Weekender will be limited to 32 participants and will be conducted in partnership with the San Antonio Bay Partnership who will provide catered lunches at the two field trip sites.   Cost will be $100 per participant for the Weekender and will include two catered lunches in the field.  This event will be limited to a maximum of 30 participants.  Please contact Jim Hailey at the below address to reserve your place.  TOS members will have preference. Make checks payable to Jim Hailey.  The host hotel is the Best Western in Port Lavaca at 361.553.6800 and note you are checking in under the TOS room rate of $109.00.

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 February 2015 09:57
East Texas Adventure PDF Print E-mail
Written by James (Jim) L. Hailey   
Monday, 03 November 2014 19:22

Tyler Audubon and TOS are sponsoring an East Texas Adventure on February 27 and 28, 2015. There will be no classes or meetings, just daily field trips. A block of rooms has been held at

Country Inn and Suites
6702 S. Broadway
Tyler, TX 75703

at a rate of $80 King or $90 2Queen/night.

Check in will be conducted from 4-6 pm at the event hotel on Feb 26 and 27.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 11:36
Alaska 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by James (Jim) L. Hailey   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:46

This is definitely my last trip leading a TOS group to Alaska. This will make the 10th like this that I have done. As one of my friends recently said to me “this is the end of an era with many good memories.” I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them and look forward to this one as well. This trip includes several days birding in the Anchorage area—Potter’s Marsh, Eagle River Nature Center, Westchester Lagoon, Hillside and Kinkaid Parks—a four day excursion in Nome where we explore 225 miles of wilderness roads in search of birds and mammals, a two day trip to the most northern point in North America—Barrow—a two day adventure in Seward where we spend a full day out in the Kenai Fjiord National Wildlife Area looking at seabirds and ocean mammals and we complete this adventure with a three day trip along the magnificent old Denali Highway. This is truly a trip everyone remembers for a lifetime.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 19:28
Maine, June 7-13, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Sarkozi   
Monday, 24 November 2014 12:39

Join the Texas Ornithological Society for some  Down East birding in Maine, June 7-13, 2015 We’ll meet up Sunday afternoon in Bangor, ME at the airport and join our guide Michael Goode from Down East Nature Tours. We’ll make the 90 minute drive to Millinocket, ME and make a few quick birding stops on the way to stretch our legs. After spending the night in Millinocket we’ll spend the day at Baxter State Park where the main target of the day will be Bicknell’s Thrush. For the thrush we’ll have to hike up about 2000’ to get above the treeline. Expect the round trip to take about 7 hours. Michael our guide suggests this trip shouldn't be a problem for anyone in reasonable shape. If you don’t feel up to the hike, a party can stay in the “lowlands” and still expect most of the boreal species on our target list like Gray Jay, Boreal, Chickadee, Black-capped Chickadee, Ruffed Grouse, 20+ species of warblers and northern finches like Purple Finch, White-winged Crossbill, and Evening Grosbeak.

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