Birding on the Bay Bird Tour (Boat)

Friday February 15

8:00 am - 10:30 am • 11:00 am - 1:30 pm • 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
East Bay boat launch across from The Point,
608 1st St., Palacios, TX


Tres Palacios Bay and Coon Island Bay Tour (74 species recorded in eBird) – Tres Palacios and Coon Island Bays are in the upper reaches of West Matagorda Bay and characterized by shallow, mostly brackish water, oyster reefs and spartina marshes. In the winter these shallow bays harbor a host of waterfowl, herons, egrets, grebes, loons, gulls, terns and shorebirds. The marshes are home to the Clapper Rail and Seaside Sparrow. This fully guided, 2 1/2 hour tour is aboard a very stable 21 ft pontoon boat. Life jackets provided. Limit 10 people.

Bob Friedrichs

Tour Guide
Robert (Bob) Friedrichs and his wife Ruth live in Palacios, Texas and have one grown son. Bob holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University. His 34-year career with Chevron included a variety of management positions. Now retired, Bob and Ruth enjoy traveling around North America in their RV, most recently driving their motorhome to Alaska (and back!) for some awesome sightseeing and birding. Bob is an outdoor enthusiast, conservationist and avid birder. He started birding at age 13 while a member of the Golden Crescent Nature Club in Victoria, Texas. His life list is 1278, ABA list is 695 and his Texas list is 538 species. Bob compiles the Victoria and Jackson-Calhoun Christmas Bird Counts. He is a certified Texas Master Naturalist with the Midcoast Chapter and spends most his time in the field conducting tours and surveying birds.

His field work includes Colonial Waterbird Surveys in Calhoun and Matagorda Counties and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) trapping and banding of wintering sparrows in Brazoria County. His survey work on Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Piping Plover supports FWS research of these two threatened species. Additionally, Bob has helped FWS researchers trap and geo-tag Buff-breasted Sandpipers to better understand their migration path and habitat use. Bob currently helps trap, band and monitor American Oystercatchers in Matagorda and Lavaca Bays for GCBO’s Director of Conservation Research, Dr. Susan Heath. Bob is on the board of the Matagorda Bay Birdfest and the Palacios Prairie Wetland.
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