Palacios Hot Spots

Saturday March 28 - 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Meet at The Point, 608 1st St.

Purchase Registration 
Come join us and experience the amazing birds that inhabit the City by the Sea. We’ll explore the Hulen Birding Trails where we’ll search for early migrants and early-breeding resident birds. We’ll enjoy expansive views of the Tres Palacios Bay from Lookout Point and check the Port of Palacios for loons, gulls and terns. We’ll also visit the Trull Marsh and Palacios Prairie Wetland for looks at herons, egrets and shorebirds, and if we’re lucky, the secretive Gulf Coast Clapper Rail. This tour is for all age groups and abilities.

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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