Thursday, February 14, 2013

Preview - BirdFest Texoma Saturday, May 4, 2013, Events



  • On Day Two of BirdFest Texoma, photographers will not want to miss the golden hour and this Advanced Nature Photography Field Trip with Kathy Adams Clark, past president of NANPA; 6 – 10 am;  advance registration required; cost of field trip, $40 (FOH members)/$45 (non-members).    Maximum 20 participants.
  • OR Bird one of the five trails at Hagerman NWR.  Hagerman has a variety of habitats that are used by over 270 species of birds.  Caravans will depart from the Visitor Center for trail designated for the particular field trip. Walks will visit areas not accessible by car, focusing on woodland and prairie birds. Exact location to be visited will depend on weather and on the birds found on the refuge in the previous few days.  Walking will be on well-maintained trails with only moderate change in elevation, about two miles total distance.  Choose from the following trips on the refuge: 

7 - 11 am -  Birding Hagerman NWR (B) with Jack Chiles, Master Naturalist who conducts the weekly Hagerman NWR bird census; advance  registration required, cost of field trip $10 FOH  members)/$15 (non-members).  Limited to 12 participants.
7:30 – 11:30 am - Birding Hagerman NWR (C) with Gailon Brehm, expert amateur birder active with Prairie & Timbers Audubon and Connemara Conservancy; advance registration required, cost of field trip $10 (FOH members)/$15 (non-members).  Limited to 12 participants.
SO sorry –SOLD OUT  for the 8 - 10 am - Birding Hagerman NWR with David Allen Sibley, nationally known ornithologist and author.
8:15 - 10:15 am - Birding Hagerman NWR  (D) with Sam Crowe, digital birding expert and writer; advance registration required; cost of field trip, $10 (FOH members)/$15 (non-members).  Limited to 12 participants.  Sam will also give a talk on Digital Birding in the afternoon.
  • OR – leave the Refuge for a trip to Denison Dam or Eisenhower State Park:

8:15 am – Noon - Birding Denison Dam with Sandy Beach, local birding expert.  Caravan will depart from the Visitor Center at 8 am and return by noon.  Some hiking on loose rocks, hiking shoes or boots are recommended.  Participants should see gulls, terns, possibly Osprey and Bald Eagles if not too late in spring.  Baltimore and Orchard Orioles and Warbling Vireos should be beginning to nest in the picnic area; expect Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Western  and Eastern Kingbirds, and may see Red-headed and Pileated Woodpeckers also. Migrating warblers and vireos are often in the campground area. Cost of field trip, $10 (FOH members)/$15 (non members); advance registration required.  Limited to 12 participants.
8:30 – 10 am - Take a Hike at Ike's Place.  Paul Kisel, Superintendent, Eisenhower State Park will lead a one-hour natural history walk at the neighboring state park, established in 1958, named for the 34th U.S. President, Dwight David Eisenhower. and located northwest of Denison on Lake Texoma.   Caravan from Hagerman NWR Visitor Center to the park. Cost of field trip - $10 (FOH members)/$15 (non members).  Advance registration required, maximum 15 participants.
  • Meanwhile, back at the Refuge, your choice of these activities:

9 – 10:30 am - Wildflower Walk at Hagerman NWR with Jim Varnum, Master Naturalist. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the roadsides and trails to view the spring show of North Texas wildflowers and any  wildlife that is attracted to them!  Walkers will meet at the Visitor Center.  Cost of field trip - $10 (FOH members)/$15 (non-members).  Advance registration required. Limited to 12 participants. 
9 - 11 am - Kayak/canoe Big Mineral Creek with Gerry Shehan, Master Naturalist.  Get a new perspective on the refuge, from the water! Gerry has five single person kayaks to loan and room for another 6 folks who bring their own craft.  Each person must provide own PFD; hats, sunscreen, bottled water advised. Trip will last approximately 1.5 hrs; advance registration required; cost of trip $25, $10 for those FOH members who provide their own craft or $15 for non members who BYOC/K. Registrants will be notified where to meet for launch. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by parent or other responsible adult – maximum 11 participants for this event.
9 am - 4 pm - Storybook Walk - for families - free, no registration, read a story together as you take a walk along Harris Creek Trail.  Self-guided.
9:15 - 10:15 am - Native Plants and Trees at Hagerman NWR, with Dr. George Diggs, botanist, author, Professor of Biology at Austin College.  Learn survival mechanisms, changes in distribution of trees and tree species through the ages as you walk a trail with Dr. Diggs, who will help you recognized the various trees growing at the Refuge.   Meet at the Visitor Center; cost of field trip - $10 (FOH members)/$15 (non-members); advance registration required.  Limited to 12 participants.
9:30 - 11 am - Patio Birding with Susan Knowles, Environmental Science teacherTake a coffee break on the Visitor Center patio and watch for wildlife in the Native Plant Garden and fields adjacent to the building - birds, butterflies and more. Perfect for non-hikers! Binoculars provided or bring your own.   Come and Go event.  Free, no advance registration.
  • Prefer a Tour?

Shorebird Tram Tours - Enjoy a clear view with binoculars or camera on this open, all electric tram as you glide along Wildlife Drive and the Pad roads to view the shorebirds migrating through the Refuge.   Free, advance registration required due to limited seating – maximum 9 participants per tour.
Choice of three tours:  9:30 - 11 am  OR 11:30 am – 1 pm  OR 2 – 3:30 pm
  • Look, Listen and Learn!  Talks and Seminars: 

9 am - Bird Talk - What Do You See? with Gary Clark, nature columnist and Houston professor.  Learn how to really "see" birds and other wildlife at this free presentation, to be held in Visitor Center Meeting Room A.  Advance registration will guarantee you a seat but is not required, 50 participants maximum.
10:30 am - Hummingbirds with Mark Klym, Texas Parks & Wildlife Hummingbird Round-up Coordinator.  Enjoy a presentation on these "flying jewels" as you learn more about them - identification, habitat and more.  Meeting Room A, Visitor Center. Free.  Advance Registration is not required but will guarantee you a seat, 50 participants maximum.
1:30 - 4 pm - Bird Photography and Tips for Photographing Backyard Birds Workshop with Abilene pro photographer, John English -  Bird Photography is geared for the intermediate level photographer; please bring camera, manual, notebook to session.   Learn tips for getting the best bird shots!  Cost of workshop - $30 (FOH members)/$35 (non-members); advance registration required.  Meet in Visitor Center, Meeting Room B, 50 participants maximum.  English will also lead a photo field trip at the Refuge on Sunday morning, May 5, requires additional registration.
1:30 – 3 pm - Wine-tasting  at the T. V. Munson  Viticulture and Enology Program at Grayson College, led by Justin Scheiner, Director, who will cover the history of grapes and wine in Texoma, how to choose a good wine AND the ins and outs of wine tasting!  Must be age 21+ to register for this program.  The story of T. V. Munson is one you won't want to miss.  Meet at the Viticulture Center, located in the North Texas Regional Airport, which is near the Refuge; directions will be in registration packets.  Cost of program  - $10 (FOH members)/$15 (non-members). Advance registration required, up to 50 participants.
1:30 - 3 pm - Digital Birding, with Sam Crowe, web and app publisher.  Sam, who will also be leading a Birding Hagerman Field Trip Saturday morning, will show you how to extend your knowledge, skills  and interest in birding with the latest technology, talk plus hands on time, bring your iPad.  Meet in Visitor Center Meeting Room A for this free program; advance registration is recommended for guaranteed seating, 50 participants maximum.
2:30 – 4 pm - Plant Propagation with Sue Zanne Petersen.  Turn your thumb green at this program as you learn best practices for starting your own plants.  Great for those who want to include hard-to-find native plants in their garden, enjoy sharing plants with friends, develop gardening skills or just save money!  Meet in Audio/Visual Classroom in the FOH Center for this free program; advance registration is recommended for guaranteed seating, 30 participants maximum. 
  • Be sure to see the Outdoor Shows: 

9 am - 4 pm - Reptile Exhibit by Jarryd Robison - free, no registration; near Visitor Center. 

10 am, 1 pm AND 3 pm – Jonathan & Susan Woods – The Raptor Project, outdoor show, 36 live birds!! Eagles, hawks, falcons owls displayed in a natural setting!  Free, no registration.


  • From BirdFest Texoma, especially for children:

10:30 am - Eensy Weensy Spider, with John Slaughter.  Meet our 8-legged friends in this presentation that will be both fun and educational!  Audio/Visual Classroom in the FOH Center. Free, advance registration recommended, guaranteeing a seat, 25 participants maximum.  
1:00 pm - Leave it to Beaver, with Texas Parks & Wildlife Ranger Kelly Lauderdale.  Meet in the Audio/Visual Classroom of the FOH Center for this fun program about a hardworking mammal!  Program is free but advance registration is recommended to guarantee a seat, 25 participants maximum. 
  • Book Signing:

Kathy Adams Clark and Gary Clark, 10:30 – 11:30 am, in the Visitor Center.


David Allen Sibley, 11 am – Noon, in the Visitor Center


Evening Program
An Evening with David Allen Sibley!
Social - Gather at the Grayson College Workforce Auditorium at 6:30 pm for wine and hors d'oeuvres, must be 21+, cost of social - $15; advance registration required.  The college is located approximately 9 miles from the refuge at 6101 Grayson Drive, Denison, TX; directions will be in the registration packets.  
At 7 pm, enjoy watching the creative process at work as David Sibley demonstrates how he illustrates his field guides.  Special tech set-up in this wonderful new conference style auditorium will allow good viewing for all. Sibley will donate the finished art piece to be auctioned off to benefit the Refuge following the demonstration, in a live auction.  Cost of presentation - $50; advance registration required, 200 seats only.
Book signing will follow the presentation.
That's a wrap for Day Two!  Stay tuned for Day Three!

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