Northern Bobwhite photo by Ashley Wahlberg
Below you will find recent news regarding the PAS. This may include information on conferences, updates on groups we partner with, community outreach, or bird alerts/significant sightings.
It has been a while since our last update as there has been a lot going on in the world since January 2020. Hopefully you have seen some interesting or new birds this year, and we welcome the many folks who have (re)discovered the joy of birding during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have unfortunately not been able to meet as a group this season, but we will hold our socially distant 51st annual Christmas Bird Count next month! Also remember that dues are still due despite us not meeting in person, see our Home page for more information on where to send dues. Check our our bird reports for this year on our Archives page, like our Facebook Page, and join our Facebook Group to chat about your bird outings or sightings!
Happy New Year! The PAS completed its 50th annual Christmas Bird Count last month! The final species total was 110, including species such as Crested Caracara, Common Gallinule, Common Yellowlegs, Herring Gull, Neotropic Cormorant, White-eyed Vireo, Gray Catbird (6 of them!), and Western Meadowlark. See the full report on our Archives page.
We are also happy to share that Caddo Mounds State Historic Site has reopened; please visit and bird this special place.
Migration is in full swing! Take a look online at the migration forecasts to determine the best days to go look for migrants. Much of it depends on the direction of the wind - wind coming from the south pushes birds farther north without much energy expenditure. If winds are coming from the north, birds often take a rest (such as in Pecan Park in Nacogdoches) before continuing on their migratory journey. Be sure to take some time this month and into May to experience and enjoy migration!
Pine Warbler photo from John Smelser
The Pineywoods Audubon Society is again co-sponsoring the annual Bird Day and Great Backyard Bird Count (fun, free event for the whole family), which will be held Feb. 16 from 9am-12pm at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center in Nacogdoches, TX. See our Facebook for more details!
Website officially launched!
Dave Wolf publishes the Fall 2018 Quarterly Bird Report (go to the Bird Report Archive to download and read it).
The Texas Ornithological Society winter meeting will be held in Galveston at the end of this month (January 24-27, 2019). There are still spots available!
Find the details here and here.
The Wild Texas Tour Film, which showcases wildlife, adventure, and conservation stories from across Texas, will be in Nacogdoches on January 19, 2019. Two films are featuring the Attwater's Prairie-Chicken and the Northern Bobwhite. Find more details here.