PostHeaderIcon Introduction to Birding Class in Mont Belvieu

The Lower Trinity Valley Bird Club (LTVBC) will be teaching an Introduction to Birding Class in Mont Belvieu (May 31, 2016 to June 23, 2016). The class will meet on Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church of Mont Belvieu and on Thursdays 5:00-8:30 pm at the JJ Mayes Wildlife Trace (8 miles east of Mont Belvieu).

Participants will receive: 4.5 hours of classroom instruction, 12 hours of in-field birding at JJ Mayes Wildlife Trace, a copy of National Geographic Birds of Eastern North America, 6th edition and one year membership to the Lower Trinity Valley Bird Club. The cost is $25 for individuals or $35 Couples (share field guide).

The Introduction to Birding Class is excellent way begin the exciting and rewarding hobby of Birding. The classes will be fast-paced and enjoyable and the fieldtrips will be a good way to practice your birding skills with experienced birders.

The Lower Trinity Valley Bird Club is a non-profit conservation organization, dedicated to the preservation and educational study of the birds of Texas. Meeting monthly from September to May with the exception of April, at 6:30 P.M. on the second Thursday of each month at The FLNB Corner (1822 Sam Houston Av, Liberty, TX) across for the First Liberty National Bank.

The birding class will begin will be limited to 15 participants. You will need to bring binoculars. To reserve your seat in the class please contact Gary Holmes 713-366-1722 or geholmes@verizon.netreturn.


PostHeaderIcon Dayton rice dryer to be demolished

Reprinted from The Dayton News


Updated: 09.21.10

The American Rice Growers Dayton Division rice dryer will be demolished through the efforts of a local business owner and the Dayton Community Development Corporation.

The rice dryer was originally built in 1949 and consists of three concrete structures that were used to dry and store rice. The buildings were last used in 2004. They suffered some damage to the metal roof from Hurricane Ike in 2008.

Randy Ripkowski, of Dayton Sand, Clay and Construction, acquired the approximately two-acre tract of land underneath the dryer from American Rice Growers and he will demolish the structure.

The DCDC will assist Ripkowski with a grant that is approximately 10 percent of the cost of the demolition. The amount of the grant is $46,550 and the total cost of the demolition is $465,500.

The board approved the grant amount for one year and also offered a bonus of $5,000 per month for each month that the demolition is completed early up to $20,000.

The incentive to finish early was offered to help minimize the impact of the demolition process on the city and the surrounding businesses. The offer is void if the demolition takes longer than one year.

Once the structure is removed, approximately two acres of land will be available for commercial development at the intersection of SH 321 and W. Clayton in the heart of Dayton.

"It will definitely change the face of Dayton," said Chris Potter, DCDC executive director. "Randy will be tackling an enormous monolithic structure. He will be making the single biggest improvement possible to Dayton's image and our city will be thanking him for years to come."


PostHeaderIcon Counting Chimney Swifts at the Rice Dryer in Dayton

Have you wondered what those folks, sitting in lawn chairs at Dayton's rice dryer parking lot on Thursday evenings around sundown, looking through binoculars and spotting scopes are doing??? Members of the Lower Trinity Valley Bird Club are counting Chimney Swifts as they go to roost in some of the holes of the old American Rice Growers Association rice dryer.

The Bird Club invites you to join in for a "Swift Night Out" on Thursday, August 26 at 7:30 pm in the parking lot of the rice dryer located at the intersection of FM 1960 and State Hwy 321 in Dayton. This is usually the week we count the highest number of swifts, sometimes over 300. To keep up with the progress of "Swifts Over Dayton" check our page on the Houston Audubon Society's web site at

We will continue to meet on Thursday evenings in the parking lot until the birds migrate south in November. Stop by just before sundown to begin counting. It takes about ½ hour as the swifts go to roost right at dark. Sometimes we even spot a raccoon or great-horned owl in the area looking for a "swift" meal. Bring a lawn chair.

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