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Chapter Field Trip to Armand Bayou Nature Center Rookery

posted Mar 6, 2016, 9:48 AM by Mary Waters   [ updated Mar 6, 2016, 10:05 AM ]
We're launching a new social initiative!  Our first event is a rookery tour at Armand Bayou on Saturday, May 14th from 9:00 a.m. - noon!

Colonial nesting water birds occur along the length of the Texas coast. 
Every spring and summer these birds gather to raise their young, typically on nesting islands or within wetlands. Herons, egrets, ibis, spoonbills and anhingas are some of the birds which congregate to reproduce.  Several of these bird species are declining in the Galveston Bay area.  Research indicates that this decline is attributed in part to loss of nesting habitat.  

In 2008 a new nesting colony or “rookery” was established at Armand Bayou Nature Center.  Since its establishment the number of nests has increased significantly.  This nesting behavior concentrates some of the most beautiful and elegant of Texas birds which display courtship, nest construction, territorial protection, chick feeding, and fledgling behaviors all within this vertical city of birds.  

Join us for an introduction to this unusual bird phenomenon.  We’ll meet Stewardship Coordinator in the auditorium with a short discussion of the ABNC rookery history, ecology, and the species which compose its population.  Then we’ll carpool the short distance to view the nesting colony at its peak. 

Please call Armand Bayou Nature Center at 281-474-2551 to register.  The tour costs $30 and will be limited to 25 people.  Bring your lunch and we'll eat together at the ABNC picnic area.