Our Mission Statement

The Audubon Outdoor Club was organized in 1957 to encourage and perpetuate the observation and conservation of wildlife. To that end, the Audubon Outdoor Club owns five sanctuaries and serves as stewards for two nature preserves owned by the City of Corpus Christi. We support and participate in the Hazel Bazemore Hawk Watch, and are Charter members of the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. We encourage the preservation of native habitat, demonstrating its value by habitat restoration in Blucher Park, a valuable migratory stopover for birds during spring migration. Through monthly meetings and field trips, our members remain aware of and are able to participate in activities to achieve our goals of both wildlife and habitat preservation.    

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In recent years, a disturbing trend has been developing where colonial nesting bird sanctuaries and rookeries are being deliberately disturbed for various reasons. Some are out and out vandal attacks to destroy nests and kill chicks out of ignorance and just plain meanness (i.e. two young teens trashing nests and killing chicks with a truck in Rockport Beach Park several years ago). Others come from incredibly poor decision making by so-called birders and photographers who have no respect for the natural environment, as in the most recent attacks to colonial nesting islands in the Mesquite Bay complex. Please click on this link for an updated report and request for information from David Newstead of the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program regarding the most recent and heinous unwarranted destruction of protected species and their nests and young.
 

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ATTENTION!

WE HAVE A NEW HOME!

BEGINNING WITH THE MARCH 2013 MEETING, ALL MEETINGS PREVIOUSLY HELD AT THE CC MUSEUM WILL NOW BE HELD AT THE SOUTH TEXAS BOTANICAL GARDENS & NATURE CENTER!

We are tremendously excited to be at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center. We thank the Board and members for their generosity and community spirit in supporting non-profit environmental preservation and conservation groups such as ours.

The physical address of the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center is 8545 South Staples Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78413. Click here for a map & directions. For more information and details about the facility, visit their web site at www.stbot.org.
 

 
bullet A Guide to the Birding Sites In and Around Corpus Christi, Texas - a new DVD has been produced showcasing dozens of the world-class birding sites in and around the Corpus Christi area. Get your copy today by clicking the link above. A portion of each sale will be donated to the AOC so your purchase is doubly important. (Hint:  think of getting a few extras for birthday, Christmas and other gifts, too!)
bulletSouth Texas Birding on KIII-TV3 Corpus Christi  - Linda Fuiman hosts a weekly show featuring birds of the south Texas/Coastal Bend. More information is on the KIII-TV3 web site. 
bulletApril bird walks in Blucher Park!  -  Walks are guided each April by AOC members and the price is right - it's always free! Click here for map and directions to Blucher Park (next to the Corpus Christi Public Library; main downtown branch). 
bulletHAWK WATCH!  - Monitor daily reports from August 15 to November 15 each fall at Hazel Bazemore County Park through our sister hawk watch web site, or go on up to the hill to see for yourself! While Fall watches bring the most raptors (upwards of 750,000 or more), Spring watches are also now monitored for peak spring action, thanks to the volunteers of the local Corpus Christi Hawk Watch non-profit support group (many of whom are AOC members!).
bullet WHOOPING CRANE BOAT TOURS!  - Best sightings at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge from November to mid-March. For up to the minute information on the status of the whooping cranes at their winter grounds in Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, check out our sister whooping crane site. Whoopers are about to begin their trek northward again, so be sure to get out to the refuge before mid-April to see them.
bullet Nueces County Bird Checklist - Huge thanks to Mel Cooksey, who put in tons of hours of work compiling records and creating this incredibly thorough literature database! Use it often! Click the link to open the site. 
bulletAOC DataBase - Who maintains the area database and where do I report bird sightings? Why, Nancy and Margie, of course! Click the link for contact details.
bulletFund Raising - Contact Pat and Larry Bodkin for sales. We have everything from AOC outdoor wear, to tote bags, to beautiful enameled bird pins, and lots of donated items of all kinds. All are great gifts any time of year! 

 

Club and Sanctuary Info:
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AOC - Who Are We?

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Current Officers

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Upcoming Field Trips

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Meetings & Programs

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AOC Sanctuaries

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AOC Membership Information

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AOC Newsletters On-Line

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Rare Bird Alert Hotlines

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Weekend Events, Birding Festivals & Meetings

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"Where Can I Go Birding?" in the Coastal Bend; maps and directions, too!

bulletRehabilitators in Texas - where to report/take injured birds and wildlife
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Links to birding sites you don't want to miss! local, area and Texas

 

This -n- That:

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Area Checklists

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Patch Collections Gallery

 

Area Counts:

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Christmas Bird Count Schedules (Coastal Bend/Corpus Christi area & statewide)

 

Neat Stuff:

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Rare Bird Alert Photos  

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Texas Hawk Watches

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Texas Whooping Cranes

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TPWD Great Texas Birding Classic

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Heartfelt thanks to all of the AOC members for their continued support of and efforts to improve birding and habitats in the Coastal Bend Area. And for their ongoing support of this web site. - Webmaster: Patty Waits Beasley. Please send email to patty at ccbirding dot com. All materials 1995-2013 Audubon Outdoor Club of Corpus Christi and www.ccbirding.com.

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