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Stanley (Skip) Almoney

Skip_Almoney_PhotoStanley (Skip) Almoney was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania. In 1970 upon receiving his PhD in Nuclear Physics he came to Houston to work as a geophysicist for Texaco. He took early retirement and spends his time with various volunteer endeavors.

He began bird watching in the fall of 1993 and soon after joined the Ornithology Group of the Outdoor Nature Club and served as Vice-Chairman and Chairman. He has birded on seven continents.  He is a certified Texas Master Naturalist and as a member of the Houston Audubon Society, is on its Board of Directors, has volunteered on workdays at High Island and Bolivar Flats and has mentored visitors at Boy Scout Woods rookery. For 8 years he organized field trips for both the Ornithology Group and the Houston Audubon.  He has led and co-led birding trips for Featherfest, Houston Audubon, and the Ornithology Group.

Skip formed a Texas nonprofit corporation, Friends of Mandell Park, to improve, protect and assist in the maintenance of the newly acquired City of Houston’s Mandell Park.   The group raised over 1 million dollars and the renovation is completed.  Skip was president from 2014 through 2014, and is currently serving as President/treasurer.  During the ten years from 2004 to 2014 he has contributed over 1750 hours of volunteer time to Friends of Mandell Park.

In addition to bird watching, he also enjoys bike riding. He and his wife Jonni live in the Museum area and enjoy the many fine dining experiences as well as cooking at home. They both enjoy traveling, ballet, live music and reading.

Upcoming Events

April 2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

FeatherFest favorite Glenn Olsen is so much fun to bird with that we decided to add a trip where he will concentrate on just Galveston Island! We’ll let Glenn decide where he wants to go depending on what he’s scouted out before the festival. He’ll check out Corps Woods, Lafitte’s Cove, the East End Flats, Sportsman Road and sites all the way to San Luis Pass so that he’ll be able to take you to all the best birding spots…

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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 5:30 am - 3:30 pm

This is a 75-mile bus trip to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge which is located on the mainland side of East Galveston Bay. With 35,000 acres of brackish and freshwater marsh, flooded moist soil units and the East Galveston Bay shoreline, the refuge offers the full range of coastal and migratory birds. Park roads, trails and boardwalks provide excellent viewing of several varieties of rails, herons, egrets, waterfowl, Seaside Sparrows, late Nelson’s Sparrows, Sedge and Marsh Wrens, some raptors, early migrant…

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join birding expert Greg Miller (of “The Big Year” fame) and his logistics team to engage in this fast-paced, fun competition to top birding sites on Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula. Greg’s team is one of two teams competing to identify the most species of birds on this one day adventure. The second team will be led by Glenn Olsen.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

This fast-paced event will visit Galveston Island sites where birding over the previous three days has been the best, recognizing that weather conditions may be different. It’s a shorter version of the ever-popular Galveston Complete Birding Sampler. This may also be your chance, if you missed a bird on the Island, to ask your trip leaders if you might visit the site where it was seen. Targets: sandpipers, plovers, herons, egrets, ibis, spoonbills, gulls, terns, ducks, early migrating songbirds and…

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