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Birds of Bastrop County



Meeting: May 15, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., First National Bank Meeting Room, in Bastrop, Hwy. 71 @ Hasler. Doors open at 6:30.

May Program:  Pelagic Birding in Texas.  

Speaker for the May 15 meeting of the Bastrop County Audubon Society is famed birder Eric Carpenter with a program on “Pelagic Birding in Texas.”

Eric Carpenter is a Big Name in Texas birding. Most dramatically, he broke the 500 record for number of
species of birds during the Big Year competition of 2003, winning with 505. He is an eminent volunteer,
working with the Texas Bird Records Committee (TBRC) of the Texas Ornithological Society, writing for
the American Birding Association, monitor of ebird records for the state, and field trip leader for the
monthly survey at Hornsby Bend for over 12 years.

Carpenter has organized and co-led pelagic birding boat trips mostly out of South Padre’s Port Isabel or Port O’Connor since the early 1990’s. Promoting the wonders of Texas pelagic birding is another accomplishment, since pelagic birding , though well-established on the East and West coasts, was almost nil for the Gulf Coast until the ‘90s, due to insufficient knowledge of the distinctive hydraulics for the Gulf of Mexico.

His most famous bird is the extremely rare and endangered Yellow-billed Albatross he sighted in 2003.

We will have dinner at 5:00 p.m. at Cedar’s Mediterranean Grill, 904 College Street, Bastrop.  For the dinner, RSVP SSimon1221@yahoo.com. 

We meet at the First National Bank building on Hwy 71 in Bastrop on Tuesday, May 15 beginning at 7:00 PM.  Doors open at 6:30.  Please join us for an evening of exploration and education.  




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