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Welcome to the El Paso / Trans-Pecos Audubon Society!

We are a chapter of the National Audubon Society.  We have a large territory, all of Texas west of the Pecos River (the "Trans-Pecos").  Our members are found throughout the Trans-Pecos, but most live in the region's largest city, El Paso.  Birds, birding, wildlife, he environment, and our community are the concerns of the El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society. Please consider joining now!

 

Notes from the Field

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Majesty and wonder in Dell City, Texas.  October 4, 2014 by Susie Schneider

We come upon two very large abandoned metal buildings. The yard around the buildings is weed infested. Michael and I fear snakes and tread carefully. Mark gamely walks ahead, telling us he will break the trail through the calf-high weeds. He adds, "no self respecting snake will be found here. It's too hot."  Shards of broken glass, discarded pieces of equipment, their uses now unrecognizable, litter the floors of the buildings, litter the porches on the west side.  In a long derelict office, a calendar still counts the days. Many of them have passed since 1991, but the calendar is ever hopeful, not faded, still fresh.

We carefully peer into the first building.  We marvel at the evidence of the predatory power of the owls. Hundreds of owl pellets containing tiny skulls, bones, fur litter the floors of the buildings and later, the patios outside.   Right in front of us looms a deep, circular, brick-lined pit. It is the stuff of scary cop shows, of people who disappear in abandoned buildings.  Almost immediately, we see two Great Horned Owls. They are huge and majestic. One flies overhead toward us as the other flies away, silently, smoothly, gliding on enormous wings to escape from us. The motion of its wings is too beautiful to be called "flapping."  No, the motion is more like rippling velvet.  The owl flies through a doorway, seemingly into another room in the building. We go back outside, brave the weeds and find another vantage point-one that sees into the room into which we saw the owl fly.  No sign.

We walk carefully toward the other building and peer into the dim interior.  Lofty ceilings, rusted metal beams, turbines, shafts.  There--high in a corner--life. The heart-shaped face, slim body, pale feathers, innocent gaze-a treasure-a barn owl.  We disturb her. She looks anxiously, shifts from one taloned foot to another. We retreat after a glimpse. We respect her sanctuary and have no desire to alarm her.  We speak in quiet voices outside the sagging building. From inside the ramshackle hulk comes a shriek. A warning? An alarm? Another shriek.  We smile. We have seen one of God's most powerful and yet somehow vulnerable creatures. We are blessed.

 

 

 

 
Upcoming Events

FIELD TRIPS

Saturday, December 13, 2014, Sod Farms and Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus, NM. At the Sod Farms we will be looking for shorebirds.  Pancho Villa State Park is an oasis for migrating birds as are the sod farms.  Meet at 7:00 a.m. behind the Sam's Carwash in Sam's parking lot at 7970 N. Mesa.  Bring a lunch and water.  There is a nominal fee at Pancho Villa State Park. Beginners and nonmembers are welcome. Contact Mark Perkins 915-637-3521.

 

Monthly Meeting

 

Join us for our December Meeting and Photo Sharing on Monday, December 15, 2014, 7:00 p.m., UTEP Centennial Museum at the corner of University and Wiggins.  It's time to pull out your favorite photos from 2014 (or there abouts) and share them and their stories with friends. We will format them into a presentation for which you will be able to talk about the shots. Nothing formal, just a fun time to show and tell with your images. Here is what to do.  1. Select your 10 imagesDigital files, prints, or slides can be sent. For prints or slides we will scan them into a digital format. Images should fall into the following categories. Titles for the images are optional. Birds Other animals Landscapes Children Humorous  2. Get the images to Scott Cutler at the Centennial Museum at UTEP. You can e-mail the digital images to him or bring them to the museum on a memory stick. For prints or slides, bring them by the museum or send them to Scott.Scott's e-mail:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Scott's phone number: 747-6668Address: Centennial Museum The University of Texas at El Paso 500 W. University Ave El Paso, TX 79968-0533 3. Deadline for submitting images is December 5, 2014 If you have any questions, call Scott at 747-6668. We look forward to seeing you on December 15 for the Annual Photo Sharing program and Holiday Event. Bring a snack to share. Open to the public.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Injured Wild Animal?

 

Have you found an injured wild animal or bird?


DO NOT send an e-mail to us! It may be too late before we can respond.


The Chihuahuan Desert Wildlife Rescue (CDWR) are the people who can help you and you can get more information by clickinghere.

 

All of our field trips and monthly meetings are open to beginners and nonmembers.Smile

 

 

Not a member, but you would like to be? It's easy and not expensive. $15 per year gets you a membership to El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society. You will receive the Newsletter and your dues help the chapter implement and carry outcommunity and educational activities. The chapter is responsible for the care, upkeep and promotion of FeatherLake as well as providing financial assistance to Rio Bosque Wetlands Park andTexas Audubon Society. The chapter ispresent at Keystone Heritage Park twice a month to assist the public in identification and education of the birds that visit that area. The chapter provides monthly educational and informativeprograms and field trips. If you want to become a member, just fill out the membership form below and mail to: EPTP Audubon, P.O. Box 972441, El Paso, TX 79997 with your check for $15.00. Your support is appreciated. Thank you. El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Local Chapter Membership. Your $15.00 will help support chapter activities and you will receive The Roadrunner delivered to your mailbox. If you would like to save the Chapter the postage, you can request it be delivered to you electronically. Make checks payable to the El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society.

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