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32nd Anniversary Celebration Dinner

 Dinner: Texas BBQ, Smoked Chicken and all the trimmings plus dessert. 

Location: Saltwater Pavilion at Rockport Beach, 212 Seabreeze Dr., Rockport, TX. 


2020 Speaker Schedule




Cissy Beasley  Thursday: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 

Cissy Beasley is a native South Texan with deep roots going back many generations to the mid-1800s. Ranch owner, professional nature & wildlife photographer, professional real estate photographer & videographer, FAA-certified drone pilot.  spending so much time in the country and on the coast, closely observing all the indigenous species populating those areas, has well equipped her to follow her passion - photography. Through photography she attained a new awareness of a world full of beauty and an awareness of the details. "With a camera in my hand, I emerge into the light of each day believing that anything is possible. If by way of this calling, I help others become more sensitive to the world around them, I will have fulfilled my mission."

Sky Kings Falconry, 5 p.m. Friday: "Raptors Revealed" in the Auditorium

Sky Kings Falconry features hawks, owls, falcons, vultures, parrots and other colorful and interesting animals. The program will focus on natural history, unique traits and the natural abilities of these incredible animals. Sky Kings Falconry is dedicated to the Education, and preservation of our planet's wildlife, and employing its natural abilities to correct environmental issues. Birds in flight so arrive early as the doors need to stay closed after the presentation begins.

Sneed Collard III, 5:00 p.m. Saturday 

 Sneed is the author of more than eighty-five award-winning books for children and adults including the beloved titles Animal Dads; The Governor’s Dog is Missing; and Fire Birds: Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests. His adult memoir Warblers and Woodpeckers: A Father-Son Big Year of Birding was recently named an Honor book for the Montana Book Award and Finalist for the High Plains Book Award. Sneed makes his home in Missoula, Montana and is a frequent speaker at schools, conferences, and birding festivals. Keep up with Sneed and his son Braden on their blog,


Other featured speakers:


Brent Ortego recently retired from Texas Parks and Wildlife. He primarily worked with conservation of endangered and nongame species. Program Title: The Hummingbirds of Texas. 

Sid Rucker, Sid and his belated wife, Shirley Rucker’s photographs have been published in books, magazines and calendars. They spent 5 of those years as the photographers for Texas Parks and Wildlife book, Hummingbirds of Texas. Program Title: Birds, Birds, More Birds and Their Stories.

Dawn Hewitt, Dawn  is editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest, North America’s oldest popular magazine about wild birds and the people who enjoy them. She has been a serious birder since 1979, and was the birding columnist for The Herald-Times newspaper in Bloomington, Indiana, before landing her dream job seven years ago. As well as birding abroad, she has visited all 50 states and birded in most of them. Her life list is around 1,200.

David Sarkozi, David has been birding seriously for more than 20 years.  He has worked for University of Houston while actively leading field trips in Texas, Belize and Costa Rica.  He is a past President of Texas Ornithological Society, Friends of Anahuac Refuge and Chair of Houston Outdoor Nature Club-Ornithology Group.  He leads birding trips both nationally and internationally. Program Title: The Dirty Dozen: 12 Hardest Regular birds in Texas to See. Dates and times of program: Friday Sept. 20, 2:20 pm Middle School Band Hall and Saturday, Sept. 21, 11:40 am located in the Auditorium.

NelidaSpurell, “Neli” was born in Brazil. She moved to Texas in 1999, and began work in DFW real estate and non-profits in environmental education, teaching gardening, recycling etc. She served as Children's Education Director for the Texas Discovery Gardens, Outreach Director for the Kauflman County Environmental Coop, a Horticulturist Manager for Nataly Butterfly Sanctuary and recently the Bay Education Center. She is an independent environmentalist-consultant and a realtor. One of her recent contributions was with ICF-International Crane Foundation for the Coastal Bend Live Oak-Red Bay Community Conservation Plan, funded by CBBEP.She volunteers with Aransas Pathways and is former board member and founder of Keep Aransas County Beautiful.

Ginger Easton Smith (info to come)


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