Texas Birders coming to Alpine today-Sunday

ALPINE - On May 3 through the 6th, more than 150 “birders” from all over the state will be in town to attend the spring meeting of the Texas Ornithological Society. The meeting will be headquartered at the Alpine Civic Center.

For three days, attendees, divided into small groups, will go out into West Texas preserves and public lands with local guides to see how many different species of birds can be found—especially the rarer ones such as the Colima Warbler, Common Black Hawk, Tropical Parula, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, and Dusky Flycatcher.

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 7pm, 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 and all with an interest are invited to attend.

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.”

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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