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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

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, January 24 and 25, 2015. Thousands of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese winter at the Refuge.  Join us on this great birding weekend.  Mark and Janet will be staying at the Econolodge, 713 California St. in Socorro, NM (575)835-1500.  Saturday, January 24, meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Refuge Visitor Center.  We will bird the Refuge and watch the fly-in.  Sunday morning, January 25, meet at the Econolodge at 5:15 am and we will carpool to the Refuge to watch the fly-out.  Bring warm clothes. Contact Mark Perkins 915-637-3521.

 

Monthly Meeting

 

Join us for our January meeting on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Centennial Museum at UTEP. Brock Huffman will present a program entitled "Birds of Chiapas, Mexico".  Open to the public.  Contact Scott Cutler at 581-6071 for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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.


Second Chance Wildlife Rescue are the people who can help you and you can get more information by calling 915-920-7867.

 

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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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