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Birding Society to talk about Big Bend Park, Davis Mountains


“Birds of the Big Bend and Davis Mountains” will be presented to members and guests of the Highland Lakes Birding and Wildflower Society (HLBWS) on February 3, 2022. Presenter Mike Petrick says it will provide “an unscientific and sometimes humorous look at some of the birds seen in the Big Bend and Davis Mountains areas The monthly online meeting will start at 10:00 a.m. and the presentation will start at 10:30 a.m.

Visiting Big Bend and the Davis Mountains is a “must” for avid birdwatchers. The ecological diversity of far western Texas provides habitat for approximately 450 species of resident and migratory birds, including a mix of eastern, western, Mexican, and Rocky Mountain species. Many of these birds are rare and are found almost exclusively in this area of ​​Texas. Mr. Petrick will share images and stories about the species he photographed there and what it took to capture those images.

Mike Petrick is from Burnet County, having grown up hunting, fishing and camping in the woods around Burnet and Lake Buchanan. He graduated from Burnet High School in 1960. Mr. Petrick became a teacher and coach. The last 8 years of his 38 year career were spent teaching outdoor education at Lewisville ISD. Mr. Petrick became a Texas master naturalist after retiring from public teaching. He is now a volunteer guide at the Heard Refuge in McKinney, the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area and the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge near Sherman.

To register as a guest for this online meeting, please use the “Contact Us” form on the HLBWS website at