Come and learn about the birds of High Island and how to identify them
In 2017 Tropical Birding Tours and Houston Audubon Society (HAS) celebrated ten years of working together. HAS does an amazing job of protecting bird habitat all over the Bolivar Peninsula for decades. In 2008 Tropical Birding guides started offering free walks for visitors to the HAS sanctuaries and for years now has taken thousands of people to see the birds that these reserves have to offer.
People can join up for as many morning and afternoon walks as they like. In the middle of the day visitors can learn how to identify the tricky shorebirds on the TB/HAS Shorebird Walk ate various locations depending on the tides and weather.
Again, these are free for all visitors to the HAS reserves. All we ask is that you pay your entrance fees for the reserves and that you help HAS in any way you can.
From April 5 through April 28th, 2019 Tropical Birding is offering free guided birding walks in conjunction with Houston Audubon. Below is the current schedule. Participants need to either have a season pass to the Houston Audubon Society (HAS) sanctuaries, or else pre-pay their entrance fees before meeting for the walk. There are no walks on Tuesday and Wednesday. If migration activity is exceptionally high, we may offer impromptu walks on Tuesday or Wednesday - please subscribe to our bird news email list to learn about these possible last-minute walks; click here for more info.
8:30 am: Birding walk at the Houston Audubon Society Boy Scout Woods Sanctuary. Meet at the HAS kiosk just inside the entrance. The walks last roughly three hours depending on conditions and sightings. The focus of these walks is an introduction to the warblers and other forest birds of High Island. Remember that unlike most birding sites, morning here are slower than the afternoons, so we will be concentrating on the birds that arrived the day before and have overnighted in Boy Scouts Woods.
12:00 noon: Shorebirds and coastal bird walks. Meet at the Houston Audubon Society Boy Scout Woods Sanctuary kiosk. You will need access to a car to join these walks, and we encourage carpooling. These walks are flexible and will focus on visiting the best shorebird areas at the time, whether this is Anahuac NWR or the coastal hotspots of the Bolivar Peninsula. The focus is not only shorebirds, but also a range of coastal and freshwater birds (depending on sites visited). Walks last roughly two and a half hours, depending on conditions and sightings.
4:00 pm: Birding walk at the Houston Audubon's Smith Oaks Sanctuary. Meet in the rookery car park on Old Mexico Road. The walk will focus on finding any newly arrived migrants in the woods, although often also visits the rookery in the sanctuary to take in the sight of nesting egrets, herons, and spoonbills too. On busy days for migrants we will remain focused on the frenetic migrant action and therefore may not have time to visit the rookery too. Walks last roughly 2 hours, depending on conditions and sightings.