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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 the week of the trip.  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:
  Linda Ergonis
at 972-596-6109; or lindaergonis<at> yahoo 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 Linda: lindaergonis<at> yahoo 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, Jan. 13 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
Directions: Call the Heard at 972-562-5566 for directions or other information.

 Saturday, Jan. 27 Lake Tawakoni State Park, Lake Tawakoni area and old airport, 8:00 am

Note update to meeting place.

Meeting Place:
Lake Sabine River Authority FM1480
Leader:
Richard Kinney.  Richard is a renowned birder and has been monitoring Van Zandt county birds and recording them for many years.  He has gained permission to bird at the dam for Smith Longspurs, other possibilities there would be Horned Larks, Pipits and Le Conte’s Sparrow. We will spend the first hour there.  You must sign a waver to gain access to the dam.
Length: 4+ hours
Target Birds: Smith Longspurs and other winter residents
RSVP REQUIRED: Linda Ergonis lindaergonis<at>yahoo.com You must sign a waver to gain access to the dam.
Car pool: Depart at 6:30AM from the Walmart parking lot at HWY 75 and Springcreek.  Park in the northeast corner of the lot.
Directions: From IS635 go East on US80, in Wills Point turn left onto N 4th St., FM47. Go north on FM47 pass the dam. Turn left onto FM1480.  The parking and gate for the Sabine River Authority will be on your left.

Saturday, Feb. 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
Directions: Call the Heard at 972-562-5566 for directions or other information.

Fri-Sun, Feb. 16-18 Caddo Lake SP and Caddo Lake NWR 8:00am
Deadline for reservation - January 15. 
Limit of 15 participants.
Itinerary: You may join us for 1 or 2 days.  Please let us know in advance which days you will join us.
   Fri 2/16:  Travel to hotel; 3-hr drive from Plano to Uncertain, via I-20.
   Sat 2/17:  Breakfast on your own or at the hotel restaurant.  We will leave from the Shady Glade Resort to bird in the State Park, the National Wildlife Refuge, and spots along the lake.  We will bring our own picnic lunch.  We will do some short hikes and also bird by car.  Dinner on your own or at the hotel restaurant.
   Sun 2/18:  Pontoon boat ride into the moss-draped cypress thickets along bayous, channels and inlets of Caddo Lake (length of ride TBD by participants, but longer is better for this incredible experience!)  See participant expenses below.
 
Meeting Place: Shady Glade Resort, Uncertain, TX, 8:00am Saturday and Sunday.
Participants are encouraged to stay at this hotel and will be provided information to make reservations; sharing of rooms can be arranged, if desired.  The hotel has an adjoining restaurant and marina.  Hotels are also available in nearby Jefferson and Marshall, TX.
Leader: Cypress Basin Master Naturalist 
Length: You may join us for 1 or 2 days.  Please let us know in advance which days you will join us.
Target Birds: Pileated, Red-headed, Downy, Hairy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Brown-headed, Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches, Rusty Blackbird, Eastern Towhee, raptors, and ducks.
RSVP REQUIRED: To Jerri Kerr  jerri.kerr<at>verizon net  Deadline for reservation - January 15.  Let Jerri know which days you will attend.
Car Pool: There are no plans for car-pooling, due to unknowable travel plans for each attendee. If you have no transportation, let Jerri know and she will provide all attendee names so you can try to arrange a ride.
Expenses:   $79-$99/night hotel, $4 State Park entry fee, $25 (cash) for 1-hr boat ride ($40 for 2-hrs)
Participants:  Limit of 15 participants.  We will condense into four vehicles for Saturday and use walkie-talkies for communication.

Saturday, Mar. 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
Directions: Call the Heard at 972-562-5566 for directions or other information.

 Saturday, Mar. 24 Colleyville Nature Center, 7:30 am


Meeting Place:
Colleyville Nature Center parking lot
Leader:
Chuck Carlson, Master birder
Length: 3 hours
Target Birds: Barred Owl, early White-eyed Vireos and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, early Swallows, Woodpeckers, Waterfowl, Hawks.
RSVP: Chuck Carson carchuck<at>gmail com 972-679-1200.
Car pool: Depart at 6:30AM from the Walmart parking lot at HWY 75 and Springcreek.  Park in the northeast corner of the lot.
Directions: From TX-114 West of DFW airport, exit onto TX-26 S/Ira E Woods Av. Take TX-26 southwest 4.7 mi. to Glade Rd and turn Right (west) on Glade. In 0.6 mi. turn Left (south) on Mill Creek Drive, which takes you directly to Colleyville NC.

Or paste this “Plus Code” — 8644VRGM+JF — into the Google Maps app search box on your phone to see our meeting spot at Colleyville Nature Center (CNC). Then tap on “Directions“ and let Google Maps app guide you there. Park on street if lot fills.


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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 Linda Ergonis  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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