Texas Birders coming to Alpine May 3-6

ALPINE - The Texas Ornithological Society meets in Alpine Thursday-Saturday, May 3-May 6. Headquartered at the Alpine Civic Center, small groups of attendees, will go out into West Texas preserves and public lands with local guides to see how many different species of birds can be found.

Founded in 1953, the Texas Ornithological Society seeks to provide a unifying organization for Texas birdwatchers. It promotes the discovery and dissemination of knowledge of birds, and encourages the observation, study and conservation of birds as well as the formation of local birding clubs. It also serves to stimulate cooperation among professional ornithologists.

“Texas is an amazing place for birds,” says Shelia Hargis, current president of the society. “But to see all of them, birders must travel to different parts of the state, since some birds are found only in certain areas. TOS members are very excited to visit the Alpine area for the special birds found here.”

Afternoon programs at the Alpine Civic Center will be on bird research. On Friday at 4:15pm, Mieke Titulaer, PhD and Denis Perez will present Baird’s and Grasshopper Sparrows of the Chihuahuan Desert. On Saturday at 4:15pm, Liz Oaster will focus on the Ecology of Montezuma Quail.

Evening programs will feature four local speakers. On Thursday evening at 7 p . Fort Davis resident Cecilia Riley will speak on Big Sky Country Birds. Kelly Bryan, retired from TPWD and initiator of the West Texas Hummingbird Project, will talk Friday evening at 7pm about Banding Birds on Top of a Mountain. The keynote address, The Davis Mountains: A Bird’s Eye View, at 7:30pm Saturday evening, will be presented by The Nature Conservancy’s staff biologists, John Karges and Rich Kostecke.

All speaker sessions are open to the public..

For more information, call 325-372-7615. To learn more about the meeting, become a TOS member, or make a donation, go to www.texasbirds.org

The Big Bend Sentinel

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Marfa, TX 79843