The Lagow Ranch is a working ranch with rice fields, plowed fields, pasture land, brackish marsh and a fresh water reservoir. This property is located between the main and East units of Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and has been maintained for many years to provide excellent habitat for wildlife. In the winter, waterfowl abound and there should still be some of them around at festival time. The reservoir has large patches of open water and Sea Cane which attracts water loving birds as well as songbirds migrating through the area.
This trip begins Tuesday at 4:00 pm with light birding around the lodge area followed by dinner and an overnight stay at the famous Oyster Bayou Hunting Club Lodge. Following breakfast on Wednesday morning, we will caravan to the Historic Lagow Ranch for a buggy ride and easy walking around their fresh water reservoir. We will then return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch and a short rest, we will drive back to the Lagow Ranch and explore the flooded fields for shorebirds, waterfowl, herons, egrets, three species of Ibis, Marbled Godwit and, if we are lucky, Hudsonian Godwit.
Targets: Clapper and King Rails, Common and Purple Gallinule, Marsh Wren, Boat-tailed Grackles, Least Bittern, herons, egrets, waterfowl, Anhinga, “peeps”, migrant songbirds, and, of course, Alligators.
Price includes overnight stay and three meals at Oyster Bayou Hunting Club
Tuesday, April 17, 4:00pm-6:00pm (Over Night Stay) and Wednesday, April 18, 7:00am-4:30pm
Rooms: Double occupancy (multiple beds in each room)
Directions and contact information from the leader will be emailed to registrants one week prior to festival.
Bring water, snacks, insect repellent (watch the weather to see how wet it has been, rubber boots or equivalent could be appropriate)
Drive your own car to site, buggy ride & walking in grass