The Birding Classic’s Big Sit will be held Saturday, May 2nd at the observation deck in Martin Dies, Jr. State Park, Walnut Ridge Unit. We will be there from dawn til dusk working in shifts. If you want to register for this event and get a T-shirt, the cost is $20. Just let Claire Boutte know ahead of time. You can show up and participate for service hours without registering.
Martin Dies Jr. State Park
A group of volunteers had an easier than expected time removing worn out footbridges at Martin Dies, Jr. State Park on January 8. Park staff brought in a tractor and Garry Lamoreaux brought his, too! The hardest work was attaching the large pieces to the tractors and the drivers backing them out of the winding trails.
There was a little bit of hand work that could be done, though. We managed to dig out some posts, rake where the tractors left little trenches from hauling, cut some shrubs out of the trail and carry pieces to piles. Everyone had a great time.
The footbridges were getting a little creaky and weak in places, so rather than going to the expense to replace them periodically in the future, small culverts will be installed in low places along the trails.
Seven volunteers helped launch and welcome at the finish line kayakers participating in the Dam to Dam Pedal & Paddle event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Three entrants paddled from the Highway 63 bridge to Bevilport, and 23 paddled from Bevilport to the boat launch behind the Dining Hall at Martin Dies, Jr. State Park.
One of those kayakers who made the 8 plus mile trip from Bevilport to Martin Dies, and who came in third place by the way — was our very own Brenda Marshall! Everyone cheered her victory.
A great time was had by all.
Eighteen canoers, including two children, and two volunteer guides braved temperatures in the 30s and 40s on two Saturdays this February to enjoy a special treat. I assisted Gerald Langham, Sabine-Neches Texas Master Naturalist volunteer, who lead us out through the chilly waters of Steinhagen Lake on a Martin Dies, Jr. State Park paddling trip to view nesting eagles. Longleaf Ridge Master Naturalists Keith Stephens and Lori Horne, as well as Ben King, a student enrolled in our class starting March 19, accompanied us the first Saturday. [Read more…] about Paddling to Nesting Eagles