Field Trips Committee

Coordinator: Dennis Palafox

Assistant Coordinator: Ken Zaslow

 

The Field Trip Committee (FTC) is made up of TAS members who are passionate about the diversity of nature and believe that getting out and birding is the best way to “inspire conservation through birding”. The FTC welcomes new committee members or guests at our bi-monthly dinner meeting and appreciates hearing suggestions for field trips from the TAS membership.

Meeting Info: The FTC meets every other month at a local dining establishment (guests are welcome).  Contact Dennis Palafox at dennis_palafox@hotmail.com for more information.

The FTC is dedicated to providing diverse and interesting field trips in a variety of formats.  Day trips occur in and around Austin almost every weekend.  Out-of-town excursions also occur multiple weekends throughout the year.  The 2-hour Tuesday and Super Tuesday field trip series continues to be popular for those lucky souls who can attend.  The Beginner’s Bird Walk series is offered on the first weekend of most months. The committee also supports the monthly counts and organizes the monthly walks at Hornsby Bend.

Field Trip announcements are posted in the Signal Smoke blog on a bi-monthly basis, while field trip announcements on the webpage are updated approximately once a month. Field trips are open to TAS members and non-members alike. To manage potentially popular trips, registration is required for some field trips, while for others it is not necessary. Current information on field trips can be found by clicking on the following link: http://travisaudubon.org/get-outdoors/field-trips

The FTC would like to offer more field trips to interested members and the general public. However, our ambition sometimes outstrips the available resources; therefore we are actively seeking new trip leaders, co-leaders, and other people to help with field trip logistics and other tasks. It is not necessary for field trip leaders to be expert birders and the FTC will provide training for those interested in being field trip leaders.   Membership on the FTC is not required to lead field trips for Travis Audubon

Current FTC members and their areas of responsibility include:

Dennis Palafox – FTC Chair, FTC Coordinator for Weekend (Laguna Gloria and Camp Mabry) and Out-of-town Field Trips (Twin Elm Guest Ranch – Bandera and Powers Mtn Ranch – Camp Wood), and field trip leader for Hornsby Bend

Ken Zaslow Assistant FTC Chair, FTC Coordinator for Two-Hour Tuesdays and Super Tuesdays, and field trip leader for Hornsby Bend

Jeff Patterson – FTC Chair Emeritus, FTC Coordinator for Weekend and Out-of-town Field Trips

Terry Banks – Field trip leader for Two-Hour Tuesdays and Super Tuesdays

Judith Bailey – FTC Coordinator for Beginner’s Bird Walks, and field trip leader for Hornsby Bend

Eric Stager – Field Trip Coordinator for Hornsby Bend Walks, Upper Texas Coast and East Texas field trips, and website liaison

Jane Tillman – Field trip leader for Two-Hour Tuesdays and Out-of-town Field Trips

George Kerr – Field trip leader for Beginner’s Bird Walks, weekend field trips, Hornsby Bend, and other field trips

Craig Rasmussen – Field Trip Coordinator for Weekend and Out-of-town Field Trips, and Webpage Coordinator

Deb Wallace – Field Trip Coordinator for Balcones Canyon Lands Walks and Commons Ford, and other weekend field trips. Field trip leader for Two-Hour Tuesdays

Stan VanSandt – FTC Chair Emeritus, Field Trip Coordinator for Weekend and Out-of-town Field Trips, and field trip leader for Hornsby Bend

Lee Wallace – Field Trip Coordinator for Balcones Canyon Lands Walks and Commons Ford, and other weekend field trips

Ronnie Kramer – Member at Large

Virginia Rose – Member at Large

Bertrand Piboin Member at Large

Shirley LaVergne Member at Large