Mary Ann Beauchemin will lead a Hawk Watch birding trip for Senior Members (age 50+) of the Nature Discovery Center this fall, at the height of raptor migration, to the Smith Point Hawk Watch.
Our thanks to Steve Radack and Harris County, Precinct 3, for providing a free bus service for seniors. In order to ride on the bus, county regulations require that you must be at least 50 years old on or before the day of the trip to be eligible to join us. We’re sorry for any inconvenience to younger folks, but it is a county regulation for the bus.
We will leave at 8 am and will return about 6 pm. As Hawks utilize rising thermals from the heated ground to soar, we will not need to arrive at Smith Point until about 9:30 or 10 am. After 2 or 3 pm it usually slows down. At that point we can take a little tour around Smith Point itself to look for other birds and migrating butterflies and if there is time, move on to Anahuac until it is time to return to the Nature Discovery Center.
There is no bathroom on the county bus, but there will be a port-a-potty at the Smith Point Hawk Watch. A bathroom stop is made on the morning leg of the trip and if needed on the return leg.
The Nature Discovery Center will provide 2 water bottles each. Bring your own snacks, lunch, lots of insect repellent, binoculars and field guides. (If you need to borrow a pair of binoculars please let us know when you register.)
This trip will go regardless of the weather. Dress and be prepared accordingly.
The trip will depart at 8am from Evergreen Pool parking lot (on Evergreen Street at Newcastle in Bellaire – across from Russ Pitman Park) and return by 6pm.
Donations to the Nature Discovery Center for staff time and water are appreciated.