On this exclusive tour, you'll start at the Indiangrass Preserve and then join naturalist and birding guide Glenn Olsen on a tour of preserves that are usually closed to the general public. We will carpool to various locations. We will be walking short distances, so wear comfortable shoes. We will get a chance to see some spectacular species, so bring your camera! You may also want to bring binoculars if you have them, but they are not necessary for the trip since your guide will have a scope.
The grasslands of the Katy Prairie area are a critically important ecosystem to many species of birds. These grasslands are home to many species of resident birds that can be seen throughout the year. Additionally, during our winter months, there are many other species of birds that need these grasslands for their winter home. Wintering birds migrate to this area where they depend on the grasslands to provide food and shelter until spring when they return to their breeding and summer ranges.
Wintering birds that flock to the Katy Prairie include native Sparrows like Harris’, Lincoln’s, Grasshopper, Le Conte’s, Song, and several other species. Sixteen species of ducks and three species of geese are commonly found during winter months. American Kestrel, Merlin, and Peregrine Flacons and Bald Eagles spend the winter here. Wilson’s Snipe, American Woodcock, Long-billed Curlew and other shorebirds use the prairie. We could find small flocks of the majestic Sandhill Cranes feeding in the fields and many other wintering birds. All of these species are frequently seen during the winter and are rarely, if ever, seen in our area after spring.
Birding gets you outside where you can explore and discover or re-discover the wonder of nature and birds.
Join us for an exciting birding day on the Katy Prairie!
Cost: $50 (includes a KPC t-shirt)
Audience: Adult Learners