Preserve Watch

For over forty years ABNC has been a leader in habitat restoration. Join us for a behind the scenes adventure of our wildlife treasures. These tours will deepen your appreciation for the richness of life that exists right here in your own backyard.   Panoramic viewscapes, iconic apex predators and a spectacular assembly of nesting birds highlight the adventures.

Space is limited & reservations are required.  Age: 18 or older.  

Call 713-274-2688 to make your reservation.

 

Rookery Tours

Colonial nesting water birds occur along the length of the Texas coast.  Every spring and summer these birds gather to raise their young, typically on nesting islands or within wetlands. Herons, egrets, ibis, spoonbills and anhingas are some of the birds which congregate to reproduce.  

In 2008, a nesting colony or “rookery” was established at Armand Bayou Nature Center.  Since its establishment, the number of nests has increased significantly.  This nesting behavior concentrates some of the most beautiful and elegant of Texas birds.  

Join us for  this rare viewing opportunity. We will start in the auditorium with a short discussion of the ABNC rookery history, ecology, and the species which compose its population.  Then we’ll carpool a short distance to view the nesting colony at its peak.

 

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Price: $30/person

Instructor: Mark Kramer

 

 Sunset with the Birds

Join us for an evening with the birds of the ABNC rookery! Herons, egrets, ibis, spoonbills, and anhingas are some of the birds that have come to congregate to reproduce.   We will meet at the rookery. Bring your camera, binoculars and lawn chairs to relax with the birds.

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Price:  $20/ person

Instructor: Mark Kramer

 

 Gator Nights

The American alligator is the largest reptile in North America and occupies much of the southern United States.  These animals have made a slow recovery after being listed on the endangered species list for twenty years.  As apex predators they play an important role in Armand Bayou and their return has produced a number of unexpected ecological benefits.  Our evening will begin in the nature center auditorium where we will discuss the biology of these fascinating living relics.  Following the discussion, we will board the Bayou Ranger Pontoon Boat in search of alligators.

 

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Aug  27, 2016 -  6:30 - 9:00 pm

Price: $40

Instructor: Mark Kramer

 

 An Estuarine Odyssey

Bayou, estuary and tidal stream all describe the most beautifully preserved coastal habitat in Harris County. The abundance of aquatic life, which fuels the fishing industry and supplies local seafood markets and restaurants, begins in these aquatic environments. Unfortunately, the life in these murky waters goes largely unseen and is, therefore, mostly underappreciated.

Bring your sense of adventure as well as a change of clothes as we plan a morning of exploring the life in these shallow water habitats. After an introductory overview presentation, we’ll pull a seine among the tidal flats and marshes to gain a greater understanding of the richness of life that hides just below the surface. This is an immersion into estuarine ecology that will enhance the understanding of a vital local ecosystem for teachers, naturalists, paddlers and the young at heart. The experience will likely reawaken the hidden excitement of discovery with every haul of the net.

 

Tour Dates & Times:


Aug  27, 2016 - 9:00 am - Noon

Price: $25 / person

Instructor: Mark Kramer