Urgent-2 Volunteers Needed for Waterbird Monitoring at ANWR

by Scott Guilbeaux on November 27, 2018

Two Volunteers Needed to Consistently Monitor Waterbird Activity at Whitmire- ANWR

IWMM protocol this winter starting ASAP and will continue indefinitely. The IWMM protocol is a national USFWS effort to monitor waterbirds and provide decision support for their habitat management. The purpose of implementing this protocol at Aransas National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) is to monitor bird use and response to different habitat management treatments we are implementing in the moist soil units at Myrtle Foester Whitmire. Waterfowl is our number two biological priority at Aransas, so we plan to spend a significant amount of time over the next couple years getting things back on track at Whitmire. We would like to get 1-2 volunteers to conduct the survey at a minimum of once every other week at Whitmire. Ideally, they would come to the headquarters to pick up a truck the same day every other week and head over there to start the survey a little after sunrise. Spotting scopes and binoculars can be provided. Data will be entered on a tablet as the survey is completed, so there will be little to zero data entry requirements once the survey is completed. The survey will take approximately 5 +/- 2 hours to complete depending on the amount of waterbirds to be counted. Surveys will start as soon as we can get someone on and continue through ~March/April.

Volunteers should be able to do the following:

1) Identify waterbird species

2) Estimate large numbers of waterbirds using recommended techniques

3) Follow survey protocols

4) Familiarize with the American Ornithologists’ Union four-letter Alpha codes is helpful when conducting this waterbird survey.

To Volunteer, Contact Laura Bonneau at ANWR, email
(361) 286-3559;236

Volunteers Needed to work with 4th Grade Students to Develop a Native Plant Garden

This opportunity involves planting and maintaining a native plant garden in the school yard of the Port O’Connor Elementary School, coordinating and helping the 4th graders with the project. The school will supply the kids and the ground space and TMN will provide the plants and the expertise. The project started in November and will end July 15, 2018.

Skills required are the ability to work well with children, patience, and good communication skills. Participants should bring their own tools, such as trowels, shovels, and gloves. The work is active, but not strenuous.

The general purpose of the project is to educate students and teachers about native plants and provide some exposure to the TMN program, as well as to increase native habitat and pollinator plants. To volunteer, contact Brigid Berger here.

Code: RM: Other locations

Sourcing Native Live Oak-Redbay Plants Post Harvey Restoration

by Scott Guilbeaux on November 14, 2018

Source, Collect, Propagate and Distribute Plants to the Live Oak/Red Bay Community for Restoration

The proposed project would source, collect, propagate, and distribute plants native to the Live Oak/Red Bay Community for the restoration of public or private lands. This community is an imperiled plant community that occupies the maritime forest habitat of our coastal landscape. Hurricane Harvey had a significant impact on this habitat. This project is time-critical in that many plants if this community are dropping seeds now. This will be a multi-year project.

The project is active, but not strenuous. It includes education about the decline of the Live Oak/Red Bay Community and methods for propagating native plants from locally available sources. Seedlings will be provided for restoration of this community and restoration projects. TPWD will provide guidance and education for the restoration phase of the project and Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Project will provide funding. Code: RM: other locations

For more information or to volunteer, contact Ray Kirkwood at

Please see this document for more information

Bird Walks beginning November 2, Goose Island State Park

by Scott Guilbeaux on November 14, 2018

Bird Walks

Shorebird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday
8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Meet at the Rec. Hall

Woodland Walk
Every Thursday
8:30 a.m.
Meet at the Turks Caps Trail by Site #157

Big Tree Natural Area Walk
Every Friday
8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Check in at Headquarters to obtain a tour ticket, then meet at the Big Tree Parking Lot

For more information:

Goose Island State Park
202 S. Palmetto St.
Rockport, TX 78283
(361) 729-2858

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