Our mission is to promote the conservation, restoration, and enjoyment
of natural resources and habitats for birds and other wildlife.
Birds of Bastrop County
Meeting: March 20, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., First National Bank Meeting Room, in Bastrop, Hwy. 71 @ Hasler. Doors open at 6:30.
March Program: Birding the Upper Texas Coast in Spring: Beaches, Wetlands, Tall Trees....
BCAS Program Chair David Mitchell contacted Jason Leifester of Elgin to be the perfect speaker for the
meeting on March 20th after seeing Leifester’s photos on Flickr.
A water quality specialist for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Leifester’s birding and nature photography are serious “spare time” pursuits. “I’ve been an avid birder since a chance encounter with a Phainopepla when I was 12.”
Leifester is a life long Texan. He has degrees in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University.
While he sometimes travels the world to bird and photograph, his favorite birding spots are in Central
Texas and along the Texas coast.
“My usual spring trip now lasts about three days and typically includes visits to spots in Galveston, the Bolivar Peninsula, High Island, Anahuac NWR, Sabine Woods, and the Big Thicket.” He plans to complement the slide show with the essentials on locations, timing, the influence of weather, and habitats such as “mudflats, beaches, and migrant traps,” especially to touch on the strategies he uses for an optimum experience.
Pre-Meeting social will be held at Cedar's Mediterranean Grill at 5:00 pm. Cedar's is located at 904 College Street in Bastrop, TX.
Highlights of the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)
The data on the last day of the 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count on February 19 (U.S. President’s Day) showed the number of checklists was 2% over last year’s record: 111,000 counts reported more than 5,600 species throughout the world.
Ranked by number of species, the top five were Brazil (814), Colombia (772), India (763), Mexico (726), and
Ecuador (675). The U.S. spotted 653 species.
Ranked by number of checklists, the top ten include USA (106,251), India, Canada, Australia, Spain, Mexico, UK, Portugal, Taiwan, and Costa Rica.
With the deadline for all checklists March 1, the numbers will rise.
Locally, 99 Bastrop County checklists so far counted 103 species. In Travis County, 347 checklists, reported 157 species. (General wisdom finds that the more eyes observing, the more species are spotted.)
The 21st annual GBBC was held Friday, February 16, through Monday, February 19, 2018. Sponsored by National Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this Citizen Science count provides crucial data in mapping changes in bird population movements.
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.
Keep checking back to this site for information on the 2019 GBBC!
Check the March 2018 Bird Calls Newsletter for more news and information. It can be found by clicking on Newsletter at the top of this page. You can also look at past issues.
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