Views of the Neighborhood. The Birding Center is Being Rebuilt

I was pleasantly surprised to read that the repairs to Birding Center had begun.

As a reminder, this is what the center looked like after Hurricane Harvey.

Another shot.

Birding Center rebuild

A whole new boardwalk is being installed. My understanding the cost will be North of $600,000.00

The old boardwalk went straight out into the lagoon. The new is making an extreme left-hand turn

It continues along the shore for quite a ways. I hear it will then turn right and go into the lagoon.

I took a shot of some pink spoonbills to the right. Too bad I’m so far away.

I have passed this sign before and wanted to let you know the different kinds of birds that make this area their home. Thanks for coming along. I’ll do a return visit when it is finished. I think it is going to be something.

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  1. Gwen Plano · · Reply

    It’s going to be beautiful. Thank you for the excursion, John. Morning walks are the best. 🙂

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    1. They are. I think it will be beautiful. Thank you, Gwen.

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  2. I enlarged the sign to it’s fullest and you can really enjoy the variety of colors and types of birds represented.

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  3. The workers are doing a great job at the birding center, John. These are good pictures and I look forward to seeing the area when the work is finished. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thamnk you, Suzanne. I look forward to seeing it finished as well.

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  4. I can’t wait to see the finished job, John It will be beautiful! Is that a little hummingbird I see? Happy Sunday!

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    1. Yes it is. A ruby throated.

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  5. It’s good to see them rebuilding the boardwalk, John. It may not surprise you, but I zoomed in and scooped out the construction. It looks like they’re building this to last a good long time. It looks like it will be a very nice way to walk around a beautiful area.

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    1. You notice the stainless steel nuts and bolts? The wood is all treated as well.

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      1. I did. I’m wondering if they doubled the center joist in order to allow for a diagonal pattern to the decking.

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      2. I don’t know. You could be right. My guess is it is for stability and strength. We will have to wait and see.

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      3. I think it would be stronger to go straight across.

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      4. Most of them are.

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  6. Great that they’re rebuilding since you always have great shots at this place. Will the boardwalk be longer than the previous one? Just wondering why the change in direction for it.

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    1. It will be longer. The direction change is to bring the boardwalk closer to the shore. The lagoon will be at the center so the birds will be more observable.

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      1. Sounds like it’ll be even better then.

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  7. I’m glad they’re rebuilding. The birds probably don’t care, but it makes a nice community attraction.

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    1. I think so too. I can imagine the birds would like to keep it buried in sea grass.

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  8. This is one of the best features on the web, John.
    Thanks again.

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    1. Thank you, Hook. A kind thing to say. Maybe another reason not to commit suiside.

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  9. John,

    The cost is well worth it, as opposed to . . oh never mind.

    Love the walk, and I can’t wait to see the new boardwalk!

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    1. It is going to be something I’m sure. Thanmks, Marc

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  10. That is a beautiful thing, right there. Putting money on this is way better than on well, I have the same reaction as Marc there!

    Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

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    1. Thank you, Dale. I guess you mean it is better spendfing money on a beautiful bird walk rather than…oh never mind. I don’t even want to think of the alternative. 😀

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      1. That’s exactly what I mean… 😉

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      2. 😁😎

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  11. D.L Finn, Author · · Reply

    What a beautiful way to get to walk and enjoy the birds. Im glad its being repaired.

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    1. Me too. Thanks, Denise.

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  12. It looks like it will be even better than before. I am so glad to see it coming back as boardwalks like these are great. Thanks for checking them out for us!

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    1. I think it is going to be terrific

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  13. Progress on the return of a wonderful walk.

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    1. It is all privately funded too.

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      1. Which means no shoestrings!!!

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      2. No government shoestrings for sure. Those are the hardest to unravel

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      3. Yep – and the reason why the Crazy Horse monument is privately funded … plus they turned down gov’t assistance.

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      4. Yup. Speaking of that with the Govt shut down I’ll bet the Native Americans are hurting.

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      5. Yep – and more than usual.

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  14. There’s a new boardwalk at the San Bernard Refuge that was built by volunteers after Harvey, and it looks like this one is going to be the same fine quality. Treated wood, stainless — all the things that will ensure it lasts a good long time.

    Just out of curiosity, is the area itself open to exploration now? That is — could a person (ahem) in good boots and such muck her way out toward spots like the one where the spoonbills are?

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    1. There are warning signs not to, but it is possible to go over the marshy grass. I’m not sure what they would do it caught. I suppost tresspassing is possible. (would be like a traffic ticket.)

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      1. Oh — if there are signs posted, that’s the end of that!

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      2. What is a “keep out” among friends?

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    2. A good pair of binoculars or a 500 meter lense would bring them in. I’m sure the flock would spook if a person came near them.

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      1. I’ll just wait for the boardwalk, then. One thing I’ve found is that where there are boardwalks, the birds get used to people and aren’t nearly so flightly. It’s great that they’ve come back to the area, though. That’s the really important thing.

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      2. I thibnk so too. Thank you, Linda.

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  15. So glad they’re rebuilding – bet the birds are, too!

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    1. I know I’m glad. Thanks, Teri

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  16. Fabulous news. It was a great place to spend the afternoon.

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    1. Yes it is. Allegator and all.

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  17. I’m glad to hear they are redoing the birding center, it is going to be beautiful!

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    1. I think so, Michelle. Thanks.

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  18. Can’t wait, John. Just day to day bird watching of the feeders in our yard brightens our day. The best is when it is warm enough for the birds to take a bath in our bird feeder – so much fun to see the geysers of water they make!

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