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Birding in the Park (During Covid)

Birders come here from all over Houston and surrounding areas and are often rewarded with sights not typically seen in their own backyards. Some birds seen in the park, like the Calliope Hummingbird and Allen’s Hummingbird, are very rare in the Houston area. When: Seasonal guided bird walks are offered monthly (winter) or weekly (fall, spring), but birders visit year round to enjoy our birds on their own as well.

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Russ Pitman Park, with its towering trees, abundant vegetation, food and water resources, offers visitors a wonderful place to bird watch.

If you are uncomfortable joining us for our guided birding opportunities during the ongoing pandemic, you are more than welcome to just stop by to bird on your own! Be sure to check out the Beauchemin Bird Board on the chimney for updated lists of birds seen in the park.

Monthly Winter Bird Walks

Day & Time: First Wednesdays at Noon

Dates: December 1, January 5, February 2

Location: Meet in front of the Center.

Attendance Limit: 15 people to allow for social distancing on the trails.

Cost: This program is still FREE, but advance registration is NOW REQUIRED.

REGISTER HERE

Great Backyard Bird Count

Dates & Time:  Sunday, February 20 from 9 – 10:30 am  

Program Description: 

Join us at the Nature Discovery Center for this birding event. The Great Backyard Bird Count is part of a global effort to get a “snapshot” of bird populations worldwide in one weekend. Bring a pair of binoculars. If you need to borrow a pair, please call the Center (713.667.6550) ahead of time so we can have a pair ready for you. Visit the Great Backyard Bird Count website for more information about it. Explore the results and check out species distribution or shifts in abundance by looking at the maps and lists in their “Explore Data” section

Program Location: meet in front of the Center

Attendance Limits: 15 birders to allow for safe distancing and a more enjoyable birding experience for all. 

Cost: FREE, but registration is required this year.

REGISTER HERE

Join us for our Spring Lunch with the Birds Program

Day & Time: Wednesdays at Noon

Dates: February 23 – May 4

Location: Meet in front of the Center.

Attendance Limit: 15 people to allow for social distancing on the trails.

Cost: This program is still FREE, but advance registration is NOW REQUIRED.

REGISTER HERE


Swift Night Out Events – We have no events to share at this time.

Resources for Birding in the Park

Bird Checklist for Russ Pitman Park (PDF)

Resident & Migrant Birds of Russ Pitman Park
The Bird Sighting Board – Bird sightings are updated regularly on a large dry erase board in the south end of Russ Pitman Park, near the nature play area.
eBird – Russ Pitman Park is listed as a Hot Spot, visit this site for updated sightings as well.
Our Twitter feed NDCBirders –  will inform you of any interesting or unusual bird sightings in Russ Pitman Park and provide information about our birding programs and field trips.
Binoculars – a limited number of binoculars are available for use on our bird walks from the Nature Discovery Center. Call us at 713.667.6550 before your visit to arrange to borrow a pair.