BAYOU CITY BIRDING
Would you like to learn about the birds who live along Houston’s bayous and in the nearby parks and neighborhoods? And are you a kid or a young-at-heart adult? If yes, the Bayou City Birding Zines (short for mini-magazines), Posters and Warbler Flashcards are here for you. And all are free!
Zines and Posters: Each of these miniature field guides features a small group of birds who share something in common. You can use an origami trick to fold the zines into little magazines that you can read at home and take with you when you go outside. (And don’t worry – the upside down photos in the zines turn right side up with folding – see the link to directions below). You can also print the zines as mini-posters, with all of the photos right side up. The zines and posters feature birds found within Houston’s 610 Loop, with many of the photos taken on the Bayou Greenway trail that borders the White Oak Bayou. Three more zines will be added later this year, with the full set covering 100+ of Houston’s most common birds.
Warbler Flashcards: Up for a challenge? After learning your basic birds, move onto the warblers, the little jeweled wonders of the bird world. Each set of flashcards introduces a different group of warblers found in Houston at one or more points in the year. The flashcard images are very simply drawn to call attention to the most important colors and markings. Print them as posters and/or cut them up for use as flashcards.
What some more help? Then use one or all three of the free bird apps we recommend. An intro to these apps can be downloaded here.
We hope you will enjoy using the Bayou City Birding Zines, Posters and Warbler Flashcards, and invite you to join with us in efforts to project and nurture the birds and other wild creatures who live among us. Please look at the other pages of this website to learn more about our work
Click on the first link to find directions for printing and folding the zines. Click on the next set of links to download the zines and/or posters for printing.
HOW TO PRINT AND FOLD A ZINE
#1 HERONS & EGRETS ZINE #1 POSTER # 1
#2 HAWKS & OSPREYS (PERCHING) ZINE #2 POSTER # 2
#3 HAWKS & OSPREYS (FLIGHT) ZINE #3 POSTER # 3
#4 NEIGHBORHOOD BIRDS ZINE #4 POSTER # 4
#5 PIGEONS & DOVES ZINE #5 POSTER # 5
#6 DIVING BIRDS ZINE #6 POSTER # 6
#7 THE AERIALISTS ZINE #7 POSTER # 7
#8 WOODPECKERS ZINE # 8 POSTER #8
#9 FLYCATCHERS & SHRIKES ZINE #9 POSTER # 9
#10 BLACKBIRDS ZINE #10 POSTER # 10
#11 WILD DUCKS & COOTS ZINE #11 POSTER # 11
#12 DOMESTIC GEESE & DUCKS ZINE #12 POSTER #12
#13 WINTER WARBLERS & FRIENDS ZINE #13 POSTER #13
#14 MIGRATORY WARBLER SAMPLE ZINE #14 POSTER #14
#15 SPARROW SAMPLER ZINE #15 POSTER #15
INTRODUCTION TO THE WARBLER FLASHCARDS
TWO-SIDED WARBLER CHEAT SHEET
WARBLER FLASHCARDS #1 Yellow below with a light tail
WARBLER FLASHCARDS #2 Yellow below with a dark tail
WARBLER FLASHCARDS #3 Masked marvel warblers
WARBLER FLASHCARDS #4 Black-throated warblers
WARBLER FLASHCARDS #5 64 box crayon warblers
WARBLER FLASHCARDS #6 Undercover warblers
WARBLER FLASHCARDS #7 Rare in Houston warblers
Note that individuals and organizations can download, print and distribute the Bayou City Birding Zines, Posters, Warbler Cheat Sheet and Warbler Flashcards without restriction, as long as no fee is charged for them. We’d love to hear how you have put the Bayou City Birding resources to use!
The following link was sent to us from the children members of The Bird Watching Club of Arizona. Making Bird Houses With Unused Material At Home.
Maybe this is something you can do with the Junior Bayou City Birders of your household or children's volunteer group.