Houston Environmental News Update December 5, 2018

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” as the song goes. And for bird aficionados, that’s doubly true, as the 119th annual Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for December 14, 2018 through January 5, 2019.
Organized by the National Audubon Society, this all-volunteer effort takes a snapshot of bird populations to monitor their status and distribution across the Western Hemisphere. The results are compiled into a database that is shared with federal, state, and private authorities. Counts are open to birders of all skill levels. Discover new areas to bird which may not be normally accessible and take advantage of this great opportunity to bird with some of our foremost birding experts. There is NO FEE to participate in Christmas Bird Counts. We encourage you to learn more about the counts–including a few dozen within a two-hour drive of downtown Houston–at HoustonAudubon.org.

As you might imagine, the CBC isn’t the only birding opportunity offered by Houston Audubon Society. You can also participate with monthly bird surveys, many of which are held in conjunction with other CEC member organizations, including Armand Bayou Nature Center (2nd Saturdays), Baytown Nature Center (3rd Thursdays Sep-May), Hermann Park (2nd Mondays), Houston Arboretum (3rd Saturdays), Willow Waterhole (3rd Saturdays), and Woodland Park.

If you read this newsletter regularly, you know that many local organizations conduct activities related to birds. Some of the birdier groups among our members include:
Scroll down to read notes from our member organizations and the community, or view the emailed version of the newsletter, which includes a green job listing.

The image above is of a Reddish Egret at the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, one of the sites for the upcoming Christmas Bird Counts.


Tickets now available! Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour
January 30 & 31, 2019

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The Woods Project seeks part-time Club Program Instructors

The Woods Project (TWP) is seeking part-time Club Program Instructors to teach one or more of our weekly afterschool club programs for the 2018-2019 high school year.

The Club Program extends TWP’s mission into the classroom building leadership and life skills through hands-on projects and activities. Utilizing both individual and team-based skills and frameworks, the program breaks down outdoor, social, environmental, and scientific concepts into exciting and hands-on units such as Leave No Trace, camping/backpacking skills, local flora and fauna, conservation, and environmental science.

For a full job description, including duties, qualifications, and application instructions, visit thewoodsproject.org.

Houston City Council Agenda – December 5, 2018

The City will consider the following agenda items at the Houston City Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 5, 2018, in the City Hall Chamber at 9:00 AM. The agenda items include multiple recommendations from Houston Public Works regarding various projects involving the City’s water line system. The agenda items also include the authorization of a petroleum pipeline easement, the consideration of an amendment to the Sanitary Sewer Service Agreement between the City and two MUDs, and improvements of three school playgrounds.

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