Outdoor Nature Club
(ONC)
Houston, Texas
updated 3/20/2020

 The Outdoor Nature Club (ONC) is a nonprofit educational and scientific organization for all ages. It was organized in 1923 to protect and conserve our natural resources by fostering an interest in the study of nature.
note: our new mailing address is ONC, PO BOX 1014, Bellaire, TX 77402-1014

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Bluebells on Cullinan Meadow at LTNS

Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary (LTNS)
700 acres of unspoiled wilderness

Open Houses:

Mar 28, Canceled due to COVID-19 physical distancing precaution
Apr 25, 10 a.m.

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 Ornithology Group (OG)
Birding Enthusiasts

Meetings and Events:

Apr 6 meeting: tba at Bayland CC
May 4 meeting: tba at Bayland CC
March 14-15 - OG Weekender - Welder Refuge & San Patricio hot spots

Join us on this weekend field trip focused on visiting Welder Wildlife Foundation's large refuge outside of Sinton, in San Patricio County. The refuge covers 7800 acres and is only accessible by groups with prior arrangement. This will be a private tour for 20 people; we will also have the opportunity to see the Don Bowman Bird Collection. https://www.welderwildlife.org/

Welder Wildlife foundation is the #1 eBird hotspot in San Patricio County, with 278 species listed so far. The property contains three other eBird hot spots: the headquarters area, Hackberry Motte and Big Lake. Ron Weeks will help us identify birds.

We recommend that you make reservations Fri evening in nearby Sinton in order to be at the refuge by 7:00am on Saturday morning. There is space for 20 people on the bus which will transport us around the ranch, so please RSVP to nina.rach@yahoo.com and make your hotel or camping arrangements now.

After we explore Welder on Saturday, we can move on to bird on the coast before we finish the day at Lake Corpus Christi State Park. Shelters and camping places are available for rent there on Sat night.

March 28 - Open Saturday at Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary
2001 FM 945, Cleveland, San Jacinto County. Join us for walks at 10am and 2pm

April 25 - Open Saturday at Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary
2001 FM 945, Cleveland, San Jacinto County. Join us for walks at 10am and 2pm

April 26 - Sunday - OG field trip charter to Matagorda Island
Matagorda Island offers fabulous spring migration birding! There are roads, runways, mowed trails and brushy areas that can be hiked around the harbor near the old U.S. Air Force base (built 1943, closed 1975), which is about 6-7 miles from the northern end of the island. [There is also a 3-mile path to the old Pass Cavallo lighthouse, a 92-foot structure built in 1852, damaged during the Civil War, moved to its current site in 1873, and restored in 1999.]
According to eBird, 277 species have been recorded at the Matagorda Island SP (CTC 034) hot spot. In April 2019 Petra Hockey had 100+ species on two different days and Tira Overstreet had 91 species, including 3 gull species, 6 tern species, Common Loon, 3 kingbird species, 3 vireo species, 6 sparrow species, Summer & Scarlet Tanagers, Orchard & Baltimore Orioles, Rose-breasted and Blue Grosbeak, Yellow-breasted Chat, 13 warbler species, Indigo Bunting, American Avocet, Black-bellied, American Golden and Wilson's Plovers... very good birding potential in late April!

Current board members:

Nina Rach, President
Membership Vice-President -
vacant
Sanctuaries Vice-President - Charles Peterson
Secretary-Treasurer - Connie Blakley
OG representative - Tira Overstreet

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