Big Country Audubon Society

News and Events

Upcoming Events…


Thursday, December 6, 2012 – Christmas Party — Ben Richey Boy’s Ranch, 6:00 pm. We will enjoy a white-elephant gift exchange. Keep gifts from $10 to $20. Drinks will be furnished. Bring food to share.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 – This will be a half day field trip around Lake Ft. Phantom Hill. We will meet at Denny’s on I-20 & FM 600 at 7:30 a.m. Come earlier if you wish to eat breakfast. Bring snacks and water. Target birds will be Osprey, Vermillion Flycatcher, and Canvasback.

Saturday, January 5, 2013 – Christmas Bird Count – Meet at Aldersgate United Methodist Church at 6:30 am. We will reconvene at the church at 5:00 pm to tally our lists followed by dinner at Cotton Patch.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 – Board Meeting at Mezamiz, 6:30 pm

Saturday, January 19, 2013 – Field Trip to Waste Water Treatment Plant. Depart at 8:00 am from McDonald’s, 1201 N. Judge Ely. Come early if you would like to buy breakfast. Target birds: Ducks, waterfowl, and sparrows.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 – Regular meeting at Rose Park Senior Center, 7:00 pm. Program by Larry Millar — “Archaeological Digs in Texas.”

Saturday, February 16, 2013 – Field Trip around Abilene. Meet at Will Hair Park at 7:30 am. Go by Dia-mond Lake and then to Lake Kirby. Target birds: Wilson’s Snipe, Harris’s Sparrow, and Eared Grebe. Bring water and snacks.

Annual Membership Meeting

Big Country Audubon Society will meet at the Group Building at Abilene State Park on Thursday night, Sept. 6 at 6:00 PM. Bring a brown bag lunch for yourself and a dessert to share with the group. Water will be furnished. This building, across the road from the yurts, is not far from Laura’s Blind, so we can look at the birds which are feeding there. There will be an election of officers. Be ready to renew memberships: $20 for an individual; $30 for a family; $10 for a student.

Last Minute Change of Venue!!

Season Finale Membership meeting South Side Senior Center located @ 1002 Cherry st. one block west of Treadaway We will meet at 6:30pm. . This is our annual potluck, we will provide brisket, tea and water, you bring your favorite covered dish.

Upcoming Events: Sep – Oct 2011

Annual Membership Meeting – Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, 6:00pm. Cedar Gap Farm (Hutto’s).  If you want to eat, bring your own brown bag.  Drinks will be furnished.  Anyone with a big heart and warm oven is invited to bring a dessert to share with everyone!!!  We will have election of officers for 2011-2012.  If you have done any interesting birding since we last met, be ready to share where you went and what you saw.

Board Meeting – Tuesday, Sept 13, 2011 - Mezamiz Coffee Shop—7:00 PM.  Come earlier if you want to eat.

Field Trip – Saturday, Sept 17, 2011 –  Oakwood Trails, meet at 7:30AM on east side of Abilene State Living Center campus.

Regular Meeting – Thursday, Oct 6, 2011 – west side of Rose Park Senior Center 7:00 PM

Program:  TBA

Field Trip – Saturday, Oct 15, 2011 – Sibley Nature Center in Midland.  (Tentative).

The year end wrap up…

We have one last scheduled field trip for the year.

Saturday, May 21, 2011 – the Maddin Prairie Preserve.  We will leave from the What-a-burger on North 1st and Pioneer at 7:00am.  Come early if you wish to eat breakfast.  Be sure to bring snacks and water.  We will probably stop for lunch on the way home.

FYI

BCAS birders might keep eyes skyward over the next few days around sunset.  From my south Abilene backyard yesterday I observed an overhead flock of 20-25 Yellow-headed Blackbirds, flying west northwest from the general direction of Kirby Lake.  This evening I saw a larger flock (40-50 birds), on a similar flight path.

Also had two MacGillivray’s Warblers foraging in my backyard yesterday evening.

Gary Hunter

Spring 2011 Events…

Field Trip – Saturday, April 2, 2011 – Hord’s Creek Lake near Coleman.   We will leave at 7:00am from the Burger King at Hwy 83/84 and Antilley Rd..  Come earlier if you wish to eat.  The goal of this trip to see what can be found around the lake for the presentation and walk Larry and Dan will be doing for a group of Cisco Jr. College students.

Regular Meeting – Thursday, April 7, 2011 – 7:00pm at Rose Park Senior Center.  Program will be presented by Laura Holbrook on the World Birding Center or the video “Ghost Bird” about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

Membership Potluck – Thursday, May 5, 2011 – 6:00pm at Cedar Gap Farms.  We will provide brisket, tea and water, you bring your favorite covered dish.

Board Meeting – Tuesday, May 10, 2010 – 7:00pm at Mezamiz Coffee Shop.  Come earlier if you wish to enjoy one of there delicious sandwiches.

Field Trip – Saturday, May 14 or 21, 2011 – We have be invited: Native Prairies Association of Texas is looking for help with a breeding bird survey on our Maddin Prairie Preserve to be held on either May 14 or 21–still working on dates.  Watch the website for more info.

More Winter Events…

Field Trip: Sat., Feb. 26, 2011, Lake Colorado City State Park. Depart at 7:00AM. from Whataburger, 4241 South 1st St. Come early if you would like to buy breakfast. Target birds: Bushtits, Verdin, and Pyrrhuloxia. Bring water and snacks. We will plan to eat lunch in Colorado City.

REGULAR MEETING:  Thurs., Mar. 3, 2011, Rose Park Senior Center, 7:00 PM. Program:  Jay Packer, Biology Teacher ATEMS, and master birder.

Board Meeting:  Tues., Mar. 8, 7:00 PM, Mezamiz Deux Coffee House

Winter Events…

Christmas Party: Tue., Dec. 7, 2010 6:00pm at the …501 Ben Richey Drive (in the old Lueders Train Depot).  Bring your favorite finger food and join us for an evening of fellowship. If you wish to participate in a gift exchange, bring a nature-related gift with a value of $10 or less.

Board Meeting:  Tue., Dec. 14, 2010 7:00pm at Mesamiz Coffee Shop.  This is a special meeting to organize for CBC.

Christmas Bird Count: Sat., Jan. 1, 2011 - Please call the hotline or email us if you plan to participate.  This is usually an all day event that begins as early as 7am till 7pm after the countdown and dinner at a local eatery. Watch your email and the website for further information.

Field Trip: Sat., Jan. 22, 2011, Waste Water Treatment Plant. Depart at 8:00 AM. from McDonald’s, 1201 N. Judge Ely. Come early if you would like to buy breakfast. Target birds: Black-neck Stilt, Wilson’s Phalarope, and sandpipers. Bring water and snacks.

Field Trip: Sat., Feb. 26, 2011, Colorado City State Park. Depart at 7:00AM. from Whataburger, 4241 South 1st St. Come early if you would like to buy breakfast. Target birds: Bushtits, Verdin, and Pyrrhuloxia.  Bring water and snacks. We will plan to eat lunch in Colorado City.

November Events

Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010CANCELED Hike at Oakwood Trails with Burr Williams to observe flora and fauna.  Meet at Oakwood Trails at 3:45 PM.

Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 – Regular meeting 7:00 PM at Rose Park Senior Center.  Program:  TBA

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 – Board Meeting  7:00PM at Mezamiz Coffee House.  Come early if you wish to eat.

Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 – Lake O.H. Ivy field trip.  We will depart the Shell Station/Burger King on Antilley Road at promptly at 7:00am.  Come earlier if you wish to get breakfast.  This will be an all day trip, expect to return 5:00pm or later.

October Events

Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010 – Regular meeting 7:00 PM at Rose Park Senior Center

Program:  John English Photographer will show some his work and stories behind them.

Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 – Bird Walk at Abilene State Park.  Meet at Laura’s Blind at 8:00AM.

Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 – BCAS Wild Goose Chase west of Weinert.  We will depart What-A-Burger on North 1st & Pioneer at 7:00AM.  We will stop for lunch before heading back.