Join our lively group of nature enthusiasts for programs presented by top birding and nature personalities in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Field trips to out-of-the-ordinary birding spots, many to private lands not usually accessible by the public, and a quarterly newsletter are other benefits of membership. Members and the general public are invited to meetings on the 2nd Thursday of the month, September to May, 6:00 P.M., in the Harlingen Public Library, 410 76 Drive, Harlingen, TX.

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ACAS Calendar Remaining through May 2017

Speaker Socials are held on the second Thursday monthly at the Harlingen Public Library at 6:00 pm and are free to the public. 

ACAS field trips meet the following Saturday at Hugh Ramsey Park at 7:30 am to car pool to birding locations.  Entry fees for some parks apply. Free for members, a $5 donation is requested from non-members.

Birder Patrol Trips - Take place on the fourth Saturday of the month.  Destinations of field trips are decided 7 to 10 days prior to the date and announced by email, Facebook and through Texbirds. Often led by top notch birders Mary Beth Stowe and Pat Heirs these trips request a $5 donation benefiting the Education Programs of ACAS that include the February birding classes.


February 9, 2017       Speaker - Pat Burchfield—Native Species
February 11, 2017        Field Trip - Ebony Haven Preserve and Fish Hatchery Road

Birding for Beginners and Intermediate Birding Classes      
Feb. 7, 4, 21, 28             Cultural Arts Center 9 - 11 am   
Tuesdays in Feb.           Details below

March 9, 2017     Speaker –Stephanie Bilodeau—Grassland Sandpipers of Texas: Identification and Research
March 11, 2017     Field Trip - Weaver Road/Progresso Sod Farms

April 6, 2017     Speaker - John Yochum  – Migration Central Flyway
April 8, 2017     Field Trip - Las Palomas WMA Longoria Unit

May 11, 2017     Speaker - Greg Storms and Anna Manuel— Bird &Nature Photography
May 13, 2017     Field Trip – Port Mansfield Deer and Shore Birds



2017 Free Beginning & Intermediate Birding
All Classes will be free and open to the public.  Meet Tuesdays in February at the Harlingen Cultural Arts Center at 576 ’76 Drive (next to the City Library) at 9:00 am.  

Sessions may include outdoor birding (if weather permits) and should be complete by 11:00 am.  Come to one or come to all. To register, call Sue Griffin at 956-357-3457 or email:  sue_griffin@sbcglobal.net


Beginning Classes
Intermediate Classes
7-Feb-17
Optics 9 - 9:30 am
Bring binoculars!  If you do not have binoculars, we will have some available for your use.  Learn to use and care for your optics.
 Ethics and How to get started birding  9:45 - 11 am
  We’ll  cover the ABA’s Birding Code of Ethics and How to get started Birding.
eBirding I  9 - 9:45 am
A real-time, online checklist program, eBird has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds.
Digiscoping 10 - 11 am -
Clay Taylor of Swarovski Optiks will present a demonstration on Digiscoping - providing opportunities for practice, bring cameras.

14-Feb-17
Guide Books - 9-9:45 am
Bring birding field guides. If you do not have guide books, we will have some available for your use.  Learn to choose and use top guide books
 Bird ID and Anatomy 10-11 am Learn to distinguish species by profiles, physical details, field marks, habitats, behaviors, and a bit of bird anatomy.
eBirding II Join our expert users as we explore how to edit and keep track of your checklist or share you checklist with others in your group. Learn to find what birds are being seen in a given Hotspot or where a species has been seen. Discover how you can create reports and how the data entered by eBird users all over the world is being used.

21-Feb-17
Birds of the RGV you should know. Join us to find out which bird species are special to the Valley and easy to find and ID.
Parrots of the RGV Come learn about parrots of Harlingen and the RGV. Learn about the research that is being conducted and how you can help.

28-Feb-17
Putting your ID skills to use Join us on a Field Trip to practice the skills you have learned. We will use binoculars and guides as well as ID skills to find and identify common local birds.
Warblers and other migrants
Join us to review the birds most likely to be encountered during Spring migration in the RGV. Learn to differentiate between similar species and to recognize females and juveniles.


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