WBS Wimberley Birding Society

Promoting the watching, protecting and enjoying of
birds in and around Wimberley, Texas and other locations.

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Quarterly Meeting

February 18, 2019
10:00 am
Wimberley Community Center

Topic: A family affair! - The social structure and reproductive strategies of the black-crested titmouse

Why are titmice found in groups? Is there a purpose to their flocking behavior? While the physical appearance of the black-crested titmouse (BCTI) is rather drab in shades of black and gray, the social structure of this species is anything but that! Over the course of a six year study, it has been discovered that the BCTI is a complicated species with peculiar flocking capabilities and reproductive behaviors. Through the use of color banding and focal monitoring, a rather common bird just got a lot more interesting!

Speaker: Rebekah Rylander, a third generation Austinite, became infatuated with the field of ornithology during her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas. Since then she has been fortunate to assist with avian research in various locations across the globe including Australia, Ecuador, Hawaii, Mexico, and Canada. Rebekah is currently pursuing a PhD at Texas State University focusing on family flocking dynamics of the Black-crested Titmouse, a project that stemmed from her Master's work with the same species. In her limited spare time, Rebekah enjoys running a banding station, monitoring local populations of Golden-cheeked Warblers, and assisting undergraduates with independent research projects that target bird conservation.



FIRST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH:
    Bird Walk with Jesse Huth

    Meet at the community center at 7:15 AM
    Jesse will pick locations no more than an hour away
    Bring $10 for Jesse to pay for his expertise.

Check out the trips on our Calendar
There are upcoming 2019 trips to Montana, Yellowstone and Grand Tetons, Costa Rica, Minnesota and North Dakota, and the Pacific Northwest


WBS Overview
Bluebird house

The Wimberley Birding Society promotes the watching, protecting and enjoying of birds in and around Wimberley and other locations.

It was founded in 1986, as the TLC Bluebird Society, with the aim of protecting and restoring the local bluebird population. Each member was given two bluebird houses upon paying membership dues; hundreds of nest boxes were erected and many are still in service throughout the area. (TLC stood for the tender loving care required to bring back the bluebirds.)

The club currently has some 130 members. Meetings are held quarterly, generally on the third Monday of May, August, November and February. An active trip schedule is maintained -- excursions have ranged from half-day excursions around Wimberley to an 18-day African safari. For a look at upcoming trips, check our Calendar. Information about past trips is available on our Trip Archives page.


Wofford Memorial BenchMemorial bench honoring Billy Wofford.
beloved long-time member


Donations from the club have supported such endeavors as the Adopt-a-prairie-chicken program of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Driftwood Wildlife Association, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Audubon Texas and similar avian programs. A current major project of the club is the Patsy Glenn Refuge, a Wimberley bird sanctuary which has been developed with a Chimney swift tower and information kiosk, paths, wildflower areas, native tree plantings, bluebird nest boxes, bird viewing platform, and feeding and watering sites.

In addition to trips around Texas, the club takes several major trips each year (see Trip Archives). Past journeys have been to Costa Rica, Panama, Peru and the Amazon River, Trinidad and Tobago, Maine, Hawaii, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Orcas Island, California, Africa, and Alaska.

"We enjoy birds and we also enjoy eating," said Sandy Wallace, former club president. "Our annual salad supper is always a treat." Club members come from Houston, Justiceburg, Wimberley, San Marcos, Dripping Springs, Kerrville and Austin.

Annual dues are five dollars per person. If interested, make check payable to Wimberley Birding Society and send to:
            WBS
            P. O. Box 1526
            Wimberley, Texas 78676.

Additional Information: Jerry Hall, publicity chairman at publicity@wimbirds.org or 512 847-3730


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