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Migratory birds highlight programs at Jones Park

A large number of people have developed an avid interest in bird watching, and the Gulf Coast area is an excellent place to take part in this relaxing pastime.

Excellent opportunities to see the natural world are available at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, when the park offers several pontoon boat trips along Spring Creek and a migratory bird program Saturday. October 13 And the Second Sunday Pickers take center stage Sunday, October 14.

For those individuals that yearn to see more of the bird life that migrates through our area each fall, now is the time. Jones Park offers four pontoon trips throughout the day Saturday that should provide excellent birding and wildlife viewing opportunities. Participants ages eight and older can take advantage of the mild weather for a Birders’ Tour at 8 a.m., Natural History Tours at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. or a Dusk Tour at 4:30 p.m. Reservations are required for respective times.

The day’s birding activities don’t stop there. The coast of Texas is a definite hot spot to see a wide variety of birds as they travel to warmer winter destinations. At 10 a.m., meet Houston Audubon Society Education Coordinator Mary Anne Weber for a fun program discussing the amazing journey that migratory birds undertake. Ms. Weber also brings some of her feathered friends to give participants an unrivaled look at these magnificent creatures.
Sunday, October 14 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.. the Second Sunday Pickers take center stage in the nature center for a lively informal concert played on a variety of old-fashioned instruments, featuring folk music of ages past. Visitors can just sit back and enjoy the music, or bring your own instrument and join in.

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, a Harris County Precinct 4 facility, is located at 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble. All programs are free of charge and open to the public.