Texas
Ornithological Society
The Texas Ornithological Society (TOS) was founded in 1953 as a nonprofit organization. The purpose of the Society is to promote the discovery and dissemination of knowledge of birds; to encourage specifically the observation, study and conservation of birds in Texas; to encourage the formation of local birding clubs; and to stimulate cooperation among professional ornithologists.
For more on the history of TOS see History of TOS - 1953-1963
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Why should I become a member of TOS?

The above covers the intent and actions for which TOS was formed and you would become a part of our efforts to protect and enjoy these amazing and beautiful creatures. But in addition to joining with others who are of like mind you will receive other benefits as indicated below:

(1) Your membership entitles you to receive our annual magazine (in full color) with articles about birds and birding opportunities in our great state—Texas leads the nation in the number of species which have been observed—638 as of 2014. This is not a scientific journal as such, but you will also receive Bulletins which include peer reviewed articles of a scientific nature that we publish periodically. And our three annual newsletters that provide additional timely information about events taking place in which you can participate in as a member of TOS. These publications cost the organization about $20.00 per member to produce which are covered by your dues.

(2) Other benefits include a discount on Cornell’s Birds of North America (BNA) online site. TOS members can become a member for $25 a year, a discount of $17. BNA is an expanded field guide with information about species migration, breeding, habitat preferences, range and identification information including pictures. And through our partnership with Texas A&M Press you can receive a 30% discount on items published by this press. In addition, TOS has available for free an app for the IPhone that features all the species on the Texas list, direct connection to our website and a map with all the birding hot spots in our state.

(3) Your membership also entitles you to free access to any of our sanctuaries. Currently we own two in the High Island region --Hooks & Crawford Woods-- one near Beaumont—Sabine Woods—and another on the central coast at old Indianola—Magic Ridge. These are some of the hottest locations for passerines (perching birds) during migration.

(4) Finally you are eligible to participate in our two semi-annual meetings which are held in various parts of Texas in winter and spring. These events include daily field trips with knowledgeable trip leaders, educational programs in the afternoon and evening, and the opportunity to meet other people interested in birds from around our state. TOS also provides field trips to other regions of North America open to our membership such as Alaska, Minnesota, Colorado, Arizona and other areas. A new program called Weekenders has been added that feature meetings in various places around the state where those attending receive classroom instruction followed by field trips to implement the knowledge derived from those classes. Please consider joining our organization and supporting our efforts in conservation and education. The benefits more that cover the cost of membership. You can do so by printing the application and mailing it with your check to our TOS mail box or you can join and pay with Pay Pal by clicking on the button below this message. Thank you for your consideration of becoming a member. We hope to see you at the next TOS meeting.


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TOS Contact Information
NamePositionPhoneEmail
Shelia HargisPresident512-294-0272
Eric CarpenterSecretary, Texas Bird Records Committee
Judy KestnerMembership Services361-701-1962
Jack Clinton EitniearPublications Editor210-994-9171
James GirouxWeb Master512-301-0373
TOS Officers
NamePositionPhoneEmail
Shelia HargisPresident512-294-0272
Jimma ByrdVice President325-372-3107
Susan FosterSecretary956-337-4011
Catherine WinansTreasurer214-912-8941
TOS Regional Directors     
NamePositionPhone
Anthony HewetsonDirector - Region 1806-252-1213
Gailon BrehmDirector - Region 2214-435-1186
Linda BelssnerDirector - Region 3903-451-2161
Lee HoyDirector - Region 4512-635-6925
Jimma ByrdDirector - Region 5325-372-3107
Betty VermeireDirector - Region 6979-324-6654
VacantDirector - Region 7
Glenn OlsenDirector - Region 8832-517-2478

Region 1 - Panhandle
Andrews, Armstrong, Bailey, Borden, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Cochran, Collingsworth, Cottle, Crosby, Dallam, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Fisher, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hockley, Howard, Hutchinson, Jones, Kent, King, Lamb, Lipscomb, Lubbock, Lynn, Martin, Mitchell, Moore, Motley, Nolan, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Scurry, Sherman, Stonewall, Swisher, Taylor, Terry, Wheeler, Yoakum

Region 2 - North Central
Archer, Baylor, Callahan, Clay, Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Eastland, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Foard, Grayson, Hardeman, Haskell, Hood, Hunt, Jack, Johnson, Kaufman, Knox, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Shackelford, Somervell, Stephens, Tarrant, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, Young

Region 3 - Piney Woods
Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Gregg, Hardin, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Jasper, Lamar, Liberty, Marion, Montgomery, Morris, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Panola, Polk, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Van Zandt, Walker, Wood

Region 4 - Trans-Pecos
Brewster, Jeff Davis, Crane, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Hudspeth, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Loving, Terrell, Upton, Ward, Winkler

Region 5 - Edwards Plateau
Bandera, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet, Coke, Comal, Concho, Crockett, Edwards, Gillespie, Glasscock, Hays, Irion, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Medina, Menard, Reagan, Real, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton, Tom Green, Travis, Uvalde, Val Verde

Region 6 - Central Prairie
Bastrop, Bell, Bosque, Brazos, Brown, Burleson, Caldwell, Coleman, Comanche, Coryell, Dewitt, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Gonzales, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hamilton, Hill, Karnes, Lampasas, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Madison, McLennan, Milam, Mills, Navarro, Robertson, Washington, Williamson, Wilson

Region 7 - Brushlands
Aransas, Atascosa, Bee, Brooks, Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Goliad, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Lasalle, Live Oak, Maverick, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Webb, Willacy, Zapata, Zavala

Region 8 - Coastal Prairie
Austin, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Matagorda, Victoria, Waller, Wharton
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