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Michael Hardee

Michael has lived in the Galveston Bay area for over thirty years and has been an active birder for more than fifteen years. His great familiarity with the area helps him to be intimately familiar with many of the “hidden treasure” sites where unusual birds can often be found. One of his favorite pastimes is travelling local birding loops to identify 100 species within a day. Michael has extensive experience in teaching school children and Boy Scouts the basics of birding. He is patient with new birders of all ages, and is an outstanding instructor.

 

Upcoming Events

April 2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:30 am - 11:30 am

Galveston is a Gulf coastal island renowned for its many habitats. On the Gulf beaches, you’ll scan out on the swells and incoming surf for rafts of waterfowl and seabirds. Walking along the beach the edge of the surf is active with the antics of the island’s year-round and migrating peeps, Reddish and Great blue herons and shorebirds foraging on “what the tide brung-in.” Away from the water among the dunes of San Luis Pass, East Beach and GISP Savannah and Horned lark flit about. Beyond the dunes are briny ponds holding roosting seabirds, Nelson’s and Seaside sparrow, rails, coots and water birds. In the Bay and tidal marshes migrating and nesting herons, egrets and cormorant in their breeding best, forage. The avian fauna is always in flux with the advance and retreat of the tide moving the food chain in and out. Among the tidally influenced habits and the open coastal prairies and oak mottes migrating songbirds need to refuel and find fresh water.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The spectacle of a water bird nesting rookery is a birder “must see.” North Deer Island has 1.7 miles of protected shoreline which supports nesting habitat for the threatened Reddish Egret and 16 other bird species. Rookeries dot the Texas Gulf coast. Among the best in Texas is 144-acre North Deer Island shared by nesting herons, egrets, ibis, cormorants, shorebirds and seabirds. You’ll witness the sight, sounds and smells of thousands of Brown pelican (approximately 40% of TX coastal nesters),…

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