Events for 2012

Special Program: Wildlife Diversity/Non-game Wildlife

From Thu Dec 13 2012, 07 PM to Thu Dec 13 2012, 09 PM

Tags: BTA Event

Location: Central Park Community Center 2925 Fannin Street (Corner of Fannin & South 4th Street) Beaumont, Texas 77701

Contact: Bruce Walker

Description: Texas Parks & Wildlife Presents Special Program: Wildlife Diversity/Non-game Wildlife This program is hosted by the Big Thicket Association, Golden Triangle Audubon Sociality, Golden Triangle Sierra Club, and Sabine-Neches Texas Master Naturalist.

Attendees: Open to public

Texas Parks & Wildlife Presents Special Program:

Wildlife Diversity/Non-game Wildlife


What do these two species have in common?

TPWD-Lizard              TPWD-Birds

Hint If there are 59 game species of wildlife in Texas, guess who is looking after all of the rest? –Like the golden-cheeked warbler, the horned lizard, the whooping crane, and rest of the over 1,000 non-game species in Texas.

ANSWER:  The Wildlife Diversity Program of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Come hear more about the people and the programs in TPWD that every wildlife supporter should know more about!   John Davis, Wildlife Diversity Program Director, will present a special program on Thursday, December 13th at the Central Park Community Center located at 2925 Fannin & 4th Street.  There will be refreshments at 7:00 PM with the program at 7:15 PM.  Mr. Davis will have information on current wildlife diversity issues, how the Wildlife Diversity Program is funded, and most importantly, what is needed in the future to truly do a good job of stewarding wildlife diversity in Texas. 

This program is hosted by the Big Thicket Association, Golden Triangle Audubon Sociality, Golden Triangle Sierra Club, and Sabine-Neches Texas Master Naturalist.     

Click here for printable flyer

Science Cafe-Whirligig Beetles

From Fri Nov 30 2012, 06 PM to Fri Nov 30 2012, 07 PM

Location: Logon Cafe, 3805 Calder, Beaumont, TX 77706

Description: Have you ever noticed groups of small, shiny beetles swimming in circles? If you have, then you’ve seen whirligigs! Learn more about these distinctive water beetles at a Science Café led by water beetle researcher Ed Realzola. Mr. Realzola has identified eight species of whirligigs that are new to the Big Thicket and one more species that may be new to science.

Attendees: Open to public

Gyrinidae-Whirligig Beetle

Science Cafe-Whirligig Beetles

From Fri Nov 30 2012, 06 PM to Fri Nov 30 2012, 07 PM

Location: Logon Cafe, 3805 Calder, Beaumont, TX 77706

Description: Have you ever noticed groups of small, shiny beetles swimming in circles? If you have, then you’ve seen whirligigs! Learn more about these distinctive water beetles at a Science Café led by water beetle researcher Ed Realzola. Mr. Realzola has identified eight species of whirligigs that are new to the Big Thicket and one more species that may be new to science.

Attendees: Open to public

Orchids of the Big Thicket

From Wed Nov 14 2012, 06 PM to Wed Nov 14 2012, 07 PM

Tags: ATBI Education Science Cafe

Location: Logon Café, 3805 Calder, Beaumont, TX 77706

Description: Did you know that out of the 54 species of wild orchids found in Texas, the majority - 36 species - are found in the moist woodlands of East Texas? Join us at a Science Cafe led by orchid expert, Joe Liggio, to learn more about these beautiful and unusual flowers.

Attendees: Open to public

Orchid-Hexalectris spicata

Did you know that out of the 54 species of wild orchids found in Texas, the majority - 36 species - are found in the moist woodlands of East Texas? Join us at a Science Cafe led by orchid expert, Joe Liggio, to learn more about these beautiful and unusual flowers. Mr. Liggio has been studying and photographing wild orchids for over 30 years, and he and wife, Ann Orto Liggio, authored the book "Wild Orchids in Texas". Orchids are often considered species of the tropics.  However in Texas these unique flowers can be found in the Big Thicket’s swamps, ponds, bogs and meadows.

Meet at the Logon Café, 3805 Calder, Beaumont, TX 77706.

Orchid Science Cafe Flyer

Orchid-Calopogon oklahomensis-Oklahoma Grasspink

 

 

Big Thicket Mushroom Walk

From Sat Nov 10 2012, 10 AM to Sat Nov 10 2012, 03 PM

Tags: ATBI Education Research Field Trip

Location: Field Research Station, 16890 FM 770, Saratoga, TX 77585

Contact: David & Patricia Lewis

Description: Annual fall mushroom walk in Big Thicket Lance Rosier Unit with GSMS - Gulf States Mycological Society

Attendees: Free and Open to public

We will meet at 10 AM at the Big Thicket National Preserve (BTNP) Field Macro FungiResearch Station (FRS), located in Saratoga TX, on the west side of the highway. Saratoga is approx. 35 miles NW of Beaumont. The FRS is on FM 770, north off TX Hwy 105 between Beaumont and Cleveland. We will foray into the Lance Rosier Unit of the BTNP, collect and record species, and thereby assist with the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) species list for the BTNP.

After collecting, we will return to the FRS, have lunch, and discuss the morning’s finds.  Jay Justice of Arkansas will be attending.  Bring collecting gear (basket, waxed or paper bags, knife to dig specimens), rainwear, water, bug spray, and a sack lunch. Please call or email with any questions: David & Patricia Lewis 409-423-3776 or email: dandplewis (@) gmail.com

Big Thicket Mushroom Walk

From Sat Nov 10 2012, 10 AM to Sat Nov 10 2012, 03 PM

Tags: ATBI Education Research Field Trip

Location: Field Research Station, 16890 FM 770, Saratoga, TX 77585

Contact: David & Patricia Lewis

Description: Annual fall mushroom walk in Big Thicket Lance Rosier Unit with GSMS - Gulf States Mycological Society

Attendees: Free and Open to public

Macro Fungi

We will meet at 10 AM at the Big Thicket National Preserve (BTNP) FieldResearch Station (FRS), located in Saratoga TX, on the west side of the highway. Saratoga is approx. 35 miles NW of Beaumont. The FRS is on FM 770, north off TX Hwy 105 between Beaumont and Cleveland. We will foray into the Lance Rosier Unit of the BTNP, collect and record species, and thereby assist with the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) species list for the BTNP.

After collecting, we will return to the FRS, have lunch, and discuss the morning’s finds.  Jay Justice of Arkansas will be attending.  Bring collecting gear (basket, waxed or paper bags, knife to dig specimens), rainwear, water, bug spray, and a sack lunch. Please call or email with any questions: David & Patricia Lewis 409-423-3776 or email: dandplewis (@) gmail.com

Marysee Prairie Preserve Cleanup Day

From Sat Nov 03 2012, 08 AM to Sat Nov 03 2012, 04 PM

Tags: Volunteer Opportunity Work BTA Event

Location: Marysee Prairie Preserve--see map for directions

Contact: Bruce Walker

Description: This is the only protected remnant of native prairie in the Big Thicket area. Volunteer efforts to maintain and restore the prairie are coordinated by members of the Big Thicket Association and Houston Sierra Club and supported by grants from Entergy Texas.

Attendees: Open to public

http://www.texaslandconservancy.org/marysee-othermenu-139.html

Marysee Prairie Map

30.256028,‐94.680090

County Road 2077, off Hwy 105 between Batson and Moss Hill

 

Star Party

From Sat Oct 20 2012, 07 PM to Sat Oct 20 2012, 09 PM

Tags: Education Social Event BTA Event

Location: Field Research Station, 16890 FM 770, Saratoga, TX 77585

Contact: BTA Executive Director

Description: The Big Thicket Association will host its first Star Party on Saturday, October 20th from 7-9 PM at the Big Thicket National Preserve Field Research Station, 16890 FM 770, in Saratoga. The event is free but reservations are required.

Attendees: Free and open to public-Reservations required

Star Party 2012

Star Party 01 ImageStar Party 02 Image

The Big Thicket Association will host its first Star Party on Saturday, October 20th from 7-9 PM at the Big Thicket National Preserve Field Research Station,   16890 FM 770, in Saratoga.  The event is free but reservations are required. 

  • Bring binoculars and a blanket or lawn chair.
  • The event is free but reservations are required. Space is limited.


Learn about stars, constellations, legends of the night sky, and the various ways people have used the night sky throughout history.

On this evening the moon will be almost in the first quarter.  In its neighborhood in the southern sky will be several interesting nebulae and clusters.  In other parts of the sky the Andromeda galaxy and the Ring Nebula will be visible.

The Star Party will be guided by Big Thicket National Preserve Ranger, Mary Kay Manning.  To RSVP please email BTA Executive Director, Bruce Walker, director@bigthicket.org or call 936-274-1181.

Star Party 03 Image
Table showing approximate locations for Oct. 20th

Big Thicket Day 2012

From Sat Oct 13 2012, 10 AM to Sat Oct 13 2012, 03 PM

Tags: Meeting BTA Event BTA Board Social Event

Location: Field Research Station, 16890 FM 770, Saratoga, TX 77585

Contact: Bruce Walker

Description: Big Thicket Day is presented to share accomplishments with the public and as a way to invite new members to join.

Attendees: Open to the public

Big Thicket Day Program (PDF)

 10:00 a.m.

  • BTA President’s Annual Report: Mary Catherine Johnston, President
  • Thicket National Preserve Update: Douglas Neighbor, Superintendent
  • Awards Presentations: Rose Ann Jordan
  • Jonathan Gerland, Director of the History Center in Diboll; Editor, Pine Bough  Big Thicket History: The Neches River – Lumber – Oil - Railroads

Mr. Gerland is Chairman of the Angelina Historical Commission. He was formerly the Archivist at Tyrrell Historical Library in Beaumont, Archives Professor/Research Assistant at Sam Houston Regional Library & Research Center, State Library & Archives, in Liberty.  Mr. Gerland received his MA & BA in History at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

  • Conservation Update: Bruce Drury
  • Thicket of Diversity: Wendy Ledbetter
  • Memorials/ Tree Planting: Mary C Johnston
  • Entertainment: Locally provided

Neches River-Abernathy

Neches River, photo by F.E. Abernethy


12:30

  • Lunch - $6.00 Donation
  • Book Sales & Signing

1:30

  • Rosier Unit Field Trip 

Big Thicket Outing: Hike-Fish-Picnic

From Sun Aug 26 2012, 03 PM to Sun Aug 26 2012, 09 PM

Tags: Hike Social Event BTA Event

Location: Big Sandy Creek Unit at the Woodlands Trail

Contact: Kathryn Walker

Description: The Woodlands Trail, in the northwest portion of the Big Sandy Creek Unit, consists of 3 loops of varying distances. The outermost loop is 5.4 miles; there are 2 inner loops of 3.3 miles and 4.5 miles. The trail crosses a great variety of habitats, including the Big Sandy Creek floodplain, forests, and upland pine stands. Bring your binoculars if you want to try to spot some woodland birds. The trail has a nice shaded tree canopy, a small lake for fishing, and a picnic area. There are no picnic tables or benches,so bring your chair along with your snack. Insect repellent would be a good idea. A restroom is located at the parking area. This trail is about an hours drive north of Beaumont. See attached map. The Woodlands Trail is located on FM 1276 between Dallardsville and Hwy 190.

Attendees: Open to public

Big Sandy Creek

Fungi Foray

From Sat Jun 09 2012, 10 AM to Sat Jun 09 2012, 03 PM

Tags: ATBI Hike Education

Location: Field Research Station, 16890 FM 770, Saratoga, TX 77585

Contact: Dave and Pat Lewis

Description: Join mushroom expert, Dave Lewis, on a hike in the Lance Rosier Unit to find and identify mushrooms. Meet at the Field Research Station in Saratoga with water, lunch, and collecting materials (digging tools, basket, and paper bags). All specimens collected will be added to the preserve collection.

Attendees: Free

Dave Lewis-Classifying Fungi

Science Cafe: Mushrooms and Fungi of the Big Thicket

From Fri Jun 08 2012, 06 PM to Fri Jun 08 2012, 07 PM

Tags: ATBI Education NPS Event Social Event

Location: Logon Cafe, 3805 Calder, Beaumont, TX 77701

Contact: Mary Kay Manning

Description: Did you know that almost 400 species of mushrooms have been found in the Big Thicket? David Lewis, president of the Gulf States Mycological Society, will present a Science Cafe program on the amazing diversity and beauty of the fungi found here. Mr. Lewis has been studying mushrooms in this area for years and has discovered many species here that are new to science.

Attendees: Open to public

Pitcher Plants and Pines

From Sat May 12 2012, 09 AM to Sat May 12 2012, 10 AM

Tags: Hike NPS Event Field Trip

Location: Sundew Trail

Description: Join a ranger on an easy walk to learn about carnivorous plants, fire ecology, and more along the Sundew Trail. 1 mile, 1 hour. Bring water and insect repellent.

Attendees: Free; Open to public

Pine bough

Save Gas: Vacation in Your Backyard

From Sat Apr 14 2012, 09 AM to Sat Apr 14 2012, 02 PM

Tags: Education Social Event

Location: Crockett Street Entertainment District, Beaumont, TX

Contact: Bruce Walker, BTA Executive Director

Description: Big Thicket Association Auto Tour: “Geology, Biology, and Human Impact” Beaumont, April 14, 2012: The Big Thicket Association will host an exhibit during the “Go Green Streets SETx” Hybrid & Electric Car Show in the Crockett Street Entertainment District from 9am until 2pm.

Attendees: Open to public

Big Thicket Association Auto Tour: “Geology, Biology, and Human Impact”

Beaumont, April 14, 2012: The Big Thicket Association will host an exhibit during the “Go Green Streets SETx” Hybrid & Electric Car Show in the Crockett Street Entertainment District from 9am until 2pm. The BTA exhibit will feature a new Auto Tour, “Geology, Biology, and Human Impact”. Mary Catherine Johnston, president of the Big Thicket Association, developed the Auto Tour with the assistance of a Jefferson County Hotel Occupancy Tax Grant. The tour is designed to promote tourism in Beaumont and to increase awareness of the Big Thicket National Preserve.

Mrs. Johnston says that the “Go Green Streets SETx” event “will be great opportunity to see the new energy efficient cars that our local dealerships have to offer, see how Beaumont has revived the downtown area, and learn about how different organizations and businesses in Southeast Texas are promoting green tourism and energy efficient products”.

The BTA exhibit will also include other tours developed by the organization: “Ghost Road”, “Lance Rosier Unit Driving Tour”, and “7 Days in the Big Thicket”. “THE BIG THICKET GUIDE BOOK: Exploring the Backroads and History of Southeast Texas” by Lorraine Bonney will be promoted. Bonney’s book outlines 15 tours with corresponding maps and is a treasure trove of historical detail.

The Big Thicket Association is non-profit advocacy organization devoted to preserving the natural and cultural riches of the Big Thicket National Preserve.

For more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Mary Catherine Johnston, President of the Big Thicket Association call Bruce Walker, Executive Director of the BTA, at 409-782-3486 or e-mail director@bigthicket.org.

Black Bears and the Big Thicket

From Fri Feb 24 2012, 06 PM to Fri Feb 24 2012, 07 PM

Tags: Seminar

Location: Logon Café, 3805 Calder Avenue Beaumont, TX 77706

Contact: Mary Kay Manning

Description: Are there really black bears in the Big Thicket? Come find out at this free program, where park ranger Mary Kay Manning will discuss black bear sightings and ecology in east Texas. Hosted by Big Thicket Association and Big Thicket National Preserve

Attendees: Open to public

Black Bear Cub

2012 Longleaf Pine Restoration

From Mon Jan 16 2012, 09 AM to Mon Jan 16 2012, 04 PM

Location: Meet at the Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor Center

Contact: Erika Pelleer

Description: Thank you for your commitment to help with the reforestation of longleaf pine in the Big Thicket National Preserve. The longleaf was a predominant, upland forest species that has been practically eliminated in East Texas. It is one of the parks goals, working with partners, to restore the longleaf forest.

Attendees: Open to public

Longleaf Pine Restoration 2012

Thank you for your commitment to help with the reforestation of longleaf pine in the Big Thicket National Preserve. The longleaf was a predominant, upland forest species that has been practically eliminated in East Texas. It is one of the parks goals, working with partners, to restore the longleaf forest.

January 16, 2012
9:30 am Meet at the Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor Center
12:00 noon - Lunch onsite
4:00 pm - Back to the visitor center to drop off tools
After a brief safety orientation we will drive to the area where the seedlings
are to be planted. Volunteers must wear long pants and closed toe shoes,
preferably mud, hiking or work boots. If you would like, bring a water bottle that can be refilled. We will be providing water, snacks, lunch and if it is cold we will make sure there is something warm to drink!

Directions: Enter Beaumont, Texas, via Interstate 10 and then take U.S.
Highway 69-287 north from Beaumont. Eight miles north of Kountze, Texas, take FM 420 east and follow the signs to the visitor center.

RSVP by November 30th or Questions?

Erika Pelleer, epelleer@npca.org or

214-370-9735 ext. 14 or 214-354-2904(cell)

Make sure to dress for the weather, this is a RAIN OR SHINE EVENT!

Big Thicket Photos

From Fri Jan 13 2012, 06 PM to Fri Jan 13 2012, 07 PM

Tags: NPS Event

Location: Logon Café, 3805 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, TX

Description: Friday, January 13 “Big Thicket in Photos”, 6 pm. Photographer Michael Black has accompanied many researchers to document their field work in the Big Thicket. Join us at an informal Science Café to see his photos, from fungi to frogs and more, and to learn how his work plays an important role in research here. Meet at the Logon Café, 3805 Calder Ave, in Beaumont.

Attendees: Open to public

Frog-Michael Black