HOUSTON (February 4, 2016) –The Katy Prairie Conservancy (KPC) presents three birding events in February, including Coming Home to Roost on February 17 and February 24 and Wild West Tour: Photographing Waterfowl of the Prairie, led by Master Naturalist Glenn Olsen, on February 27. Both are for adult learners.
Coming Home to Roost: Wednesday, February 17 and Wednesday, February 24, 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. at Mary Manor Preserve. Each winter the Katy Prairie becomes home to flocks of birds fleeing cooler climates for the season. Join KPC board of directors’ member Steve Gast to see one of the most charismatic of these species, the sandhill crane, as it comes in to roost on the prairie for the evening. The cost is $5 per person, and spaces are limited. You must register for each class separately.
Wild West Tour: Photographing Waterfowl of the Prairie: Saturday, February 27, 1 pm. – 5 p.m. beginning at Indiangrass Preserve. The Katy Prairie is one of the best places to photograph birds, especially waterfowl in the wintertime. Join bird expert and photographer Glenn Olsen as he visits some of KPC’s preserves to take photos of the prairie’s winter residents. Guests will bring their own cameras to this freehand photography class in which no blinds are used. The cost is $50 per person, and part of this fee goes toward supporting KPC’s educational programming.
“Birders of all levels and interests are invited to come out to the Katy Prairie for one of our bird-related events this month,” says Christine Mansfield, KPC’s Community Outreach Manager. “These are perfect for the amateur photographer who has a strong interest in nature photography. The Katy Prairie is home to more than 300 species of birds, and winter is an ideal time to see many of them.”
The events require advance registration on katyprairie.org by clicking the “Visit” tab to find “Events.” Walking shoes, clothing layers, gloves and a hat are recommended, since the prairie tends to be chillier and windier than an urban setting. Participants are also encouraged to bring water, cameras, binoculars, and snacks, if desired. For information go to our website or call 713-523-6135. Directions to Indiangrass Preserve are also available.
The Katy Prairie Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving an ecologically vital tallgrass prairie and associated wetlands area on Houston’s far west side for the enjoyment and benefit of all. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @katyprairie.