Laurissa fell in love with birding while completing estuarine field research at Texas A&M University Galveston. She grew up in the Texas Panhandle exploring the flora and fauna of national and Texas state parks on family vacations. Over the past 7 years, she has birded the Texas Gulf coast extensively, competed in the Great Teas Birding Classic, and led TAMUG students on birding field trips for courses.
Birders will find this workshop and field trip the perfect introduction to coastal birding. You will spend the first hour and 15 minutes in a workshop learning about the diversity of species and state of the art techniques to rapidly identify birds on the Upper Texas Coast. After a lunch break, we will meet back at headquarters at 12:45 p.m. to board our bus and head out to one of the hotspots on the Upper Texas Coast where we will view these incredible birds. The trip is designed to give each participant the extra attention needed to develop a skill set to have confidence in the field.Find out more »
This workshop and field trip is for beginning birders learning the fundamentals and those wanting to brush up on their birding skills. You will spend the first hour and 15 minutes in a workshop learning how to get started and improve birding skills, techniques, and confidence. Topics include: birding practices, optics selection and use, field guides, bird identification considerations and techniques, field notebooks, birding etiquette and ethics, and common birds of Galveston Island. Emphasis will be placed on the field…Find out more »
This field trip searches for the spring songbird richness found on West Galveston Island, with a special emphasis on warblers, vireos, tanagers, orioles, grosbeaks and buntings. Guests will walk through Lafitte’s Cove Nature Preserve, Galveston’s crown jewel for migrating songbirds. Several species of vireos and warblers were seen in the oak mott last spring. Freshwater ponds at the entrance to the preserve provide up-close views of migrating shorebirds, ducks, both species of dowitchers and yellowlegs, Solitary, and Pectoral Sandpipers, Marsh…Find out more »
Participants new to coastal birding and novice birders will find this workshop and field trip the perfect opportunity to learn about songbirds. The workshop will focus on identification of wintering and early migrating songbirds seen on the Upper Texas Coast. Slides of common songbirds found this time of year will be presented and tips on becoming a better birder will be shared. After the workshop, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to put what you’ve learned to practice on an easy-going…Find out more »