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PTAS Field Trips

One of the most satisfying experiences of the Audubon members the successful field trip. Field trips are typically scheduled on Saturdays, unless otherwise noted. Below are the dates for upcoming trips and advice on how to make them enjoyable.

Three Field Trip Rules

Rule 1: RSVP.  Only by knowing how many people will be present can we have enough leaders on hand to make the outing a rewarding experience for everyone.
Contact:
  Chuck Carlson
at 972-679-1200; or carchuck<at>gmail com,
  Tom Heath at 972-867-8646; or heathwtom<at> netscape net.
Rule 2: For car pooling please arrive 10 minutes early!
Rule 3
: Bring sun screen, water and snacks.

We are looking for ideas for local birding trips

Take a look  at previous PTAS field trips -->
Perhaps you have other choice sites where you have had successful birding. Please let Chuck: carchuck<at>gmail com, or
Tom: heathwtom<at> netscape net know if you would like to share new ones you've discovered or would like a repeat of a previous trip.

CAR POOL MEETING  PLACE

If there is a carpool, the meeting place is the Walmart at the SW corner of US75 and Spring Creek Pkwy in Plano. We meet in the NE corner of the parking lot.


For other birding trips in our area go to:
Audubon Dallas Fieldtrips
Fort Worth Audubon Society Fieldtrips
Connemara Meadow Preserve, Plano
 

PTAS Field Trip Schedule

Saturday, Sep. 10 2nd Saturday at the Heard Museum, 7:30/8:00 am

Meet at 7:30am for preliminary birding around the museum building. And/or arrive at 8am to begin birding the grounds.
Leaders: Gailon Brehm, Rodney Thomas, Mike Cameron
Please sign in at the Heard registration desk on your arrival in time for a prompt 8:00 start.  Click here for details.
Length: 2 hours
Cost: Participants sign in at the Heard nature store and pay the normal entry fee to the Heard Museum -- free to Heard Museum members.
Directions: Call the Heard at 972-562-5566 for directions or other information.

For an e-bird list of what is being seen at the Heard go to eBird:

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L207868/activity?yr=all&m=

Saturday, Sep. 24 Tyler State Park, 8:15 am

Meeting Place: "Northside Day Use Area”  which is near the park store.
Leader: Boyd Sanders, Interpreter/Volunteer Coordinator.
Length:  ~3 hours
Target Birds: Fall migrants and a Hawk Watch
RSVP: To Chuck Carlson, 972-679-1200 voice/text
Car pool: None.
Directions:
Here is the Google Maps placemark — https://goo.gl/maps/ezQgjHHdQuNXGDyj7
Below is the park map: showing Northside Day Use Area.
Important Note: Since parks fill to capacity on weekends, it is recommend to pre-purchasing a day pass online to guarantee entry and SAVE TIME.
Here is the link to pre-purchase your day pass: https://texasstateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/tyler-state-park/r/deDetails.do?contractCode=TX&parkId=1200125

Saturday, Oct. 8 2nd Saturday at the Heard Museum, 7:30/8:00 am

Meet at 7:30am for preliminary birding around the museum building. And/or arrive at 8am to begin birding the grounds.
Leaders: Gailon Brehm, Rodney Thomas, Mike Cameron
Please sign in at the Heard registration desk on your arrival in time for a prompt 8:00 start.  Click here for details.
Length: 2 hours
Cost: Participants sign in at the Heard nature store and pay the normal entry fee to the Heard Museum -- free to Heard Museum members.
Directions: Call the Heard at 972-562-5566 for directions or other information.

For an e-bird list of what is being seen at the Heard go to eBird:

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L207868/activity?yr=all&m=

Sunday, Oct. 9 Southside Waste Water Treatment Plant, 8:00 am

Southside is a restricted access hotspot so the limit for this trip is 25.

Meeting Place: Parking lot outside the entry gate,
 32.65549488, -96.61971104
Leader: Chris Runk
Length:  ~3 hours
Target Birds: winter residents, fall migrants
RSVP: To Chuck Carlson, carchuck<at>gmail com or text 972-679-1200
Car pool: None.
Directions:
https://goo.gl/maps/AgJsfgcCsPky9WcD6
Route is I-635 East to US-175 South to S. Beltline Rd. (a right turn) to Log Cabin Rd. There are signs marking the entrance to Dallas Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Notes: Only pre-approved people are permitted to drive into the property, so if you’re not on the list, you will transfer to a vehicle driven by an approved driver at the parking lot outside the gate.
If you’re on the list, please RSVP to drive 2-3 of your fellow PTAS birders. Scopes are a plus.

Saturday, Nov. 12 2nd Saturday at the Heard Museum, 7:30/8:00 am

Meet at 7:30am for preliminary birding around the museum building. And/or arrive at 8am to begin birding the grounds.
Leaders: Gailon Brehm, Rodney Thomas, Mike Cameron
Please sign in at the Heard registration desk on your arrival in time for a prompt 8:00 start.  Click here for details.
Length: 2 hours
Cost: Participants sign in at the Heard nature store and pay the normal entry fee to the Heard Museum -- free to Heard Museum members.
Directions: Call the Heard at 972-562-5566 for directions or other information.

For an e-bird list of what is being seen at the Heard go to eBird:

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L207868/activity?yr=all&m=

Saturday, Nov. TBD TBD

Meeting Place:
Leader:
Target Birds:
RSVP:
Car pool: None.
Directions:

Saturday, Dec. 10 2nd Saturday at the Heard Museum, 7:30/8:00 am

Meet at 7:30am for preliminary birding around the museum building. And/or arrive at 8am to begin birding the grounds.
Leaders: Gailon Brehm, Rodney Thomas, Mike Cameron
Please sign in at the Heard registration desk on your arrival in time for a prompt 8:00 start.  Click here for details.
Length: 2 hours
Cost: Participants sign in at the Heard nature store and pay the normal entry fee to the Heard Museum -- free to Heard Museum members.
Directions: Call the Heard at 972-562-5566 for directions or other information.

For an e-bird list of what is being seen at the Heard go to eBird:

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L207868/activity?yr=all&m=


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Keep Updated On
Field Trips

A PTAS field trip e-mail is sent out the Monday before each field trip. The e-mail serves as a reminder and contains detailed directions to the site and any last minute information. If you would like to be added to the field trips e-mail list, send an e-mail to Tom Heath, heathwtom<at>netscape net. Please include your name since some e-mail addresses are rather cryptic

See reviews from our past field trips in the Rustlin's Newsletter

A Peek At Past
Field Trips

Take a look below at previous PTAS field trips:

Village Creek Drying Beds;
Lake Tawakoni;
Hagerman National Wildlife Center; Spring Creek Park Preserve;
Benbrook Lake;
Greenville City Lakes;
Caddo National Grasslands;
Prairie Creek Park;
Ray Roberts State Park;
Denison Dam;
Eisenhower State Park; Herman Baker Park

Belted Kingfisher

Perhaps you have other choice sites where you have had successful birding. Please let Chuck Carlson or Tom at heathwtom<at>netscape net  know if you would like to share new ones you've discovered.

Belted Kingfisher picture courtesy of
Thayer Birding software

 

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