Meetings

  • The main feature of the monthly Piney Woods Wildlife Society meetings is a presentation about a wildlife, bird or nature topic.
  • Meetings are held monthly on every third Wednesday (except June, July and August) at the Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston County Park located at 709 Riley Fuzzel Road in Spring.  This park is just east of Old Town Spring 0.2 miles east of the Hardy Toll Road, before you get to the Spring Creek Bridge (see additional directions and map at the bottom of this page).
  • The regular monthly meetings get underway at 7 p.m. with snacks and social time beginning at 6:30 p.m.  In 2019, our monthly meeting dates are Jan 16, Feb 20, Mar 20, Apr 17, and May 15.

Upcoming Meetings

  • January PWWS Meeting 
McDonald Observatory by Paul Gregg
Terlingua, Texas by Paul Gregg

January’s PWWS meeting on Wednesday, January 16th, features an interesting presentation by Paul Gregg, Jr, entitled “Are We Still in Texas?”.  Buckle up, and be ready for a quick trip out west. . . .West Texas, that is! The meeting starts at 7 p.m. with snacks and social time beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Paul and Carol Gregg recently took one of their whirlwind trips out to West Texas.  Using the Indian Lodge in the Davis Mountains State Park as their home base for 3 nights and 4 days, they visited historic Fort Davis, the McDonald Observatory, Terlingua, and Big Bend National Park, as well as making some quick stops on their way home.

Paul Gregg is an avid, advanced amateur photographer.  He retired from the Adult Probation Department of Harris Co., TX.  He’s also retired from 29 years in the U. S. Air Force (active and reserve).  Married to Carol Anderson Gregg, she accompanies him on most of his photography outings.  Paul’s photography interests are:  #1 – Birds; #2 — Wildlife;  #3 Travel & Landscape; #4 – Just about anything else; #5 – Will reluctantly photograph weddings and other portraits.  

Big Bend National Park by Paul Gregg
Davis Mountains State Park by Paul Gregg

The PWWS meeting gathering takes place at the Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston Park located at 709 Riley Fuzzel Road in Spring.  See direction information at the bottom of this page.

  • February PWWS Meeting

February’s PWWS meeting on Wednesday, February 20th, features a presentation all about Birding in Chile given by Brad and Noma Macurda.  The presentation is entitled “Chile:  A Country of Birds, Volcanoes, Deserts and Glaciers”.  The meeting starts at 7 p.m. with snacks and social time beginning at 6:30 p.m. and takes place at Dennis Johnston Park (see address & directions below).

Chile is a land of contrasts, ranging from the Atacama Desert (one of the driest regions in the world) in the north to glaciers and icefields in the south. They span a vast distance from 17 degrees south to 75 degrees south. Volcanoes scar the landscapes, and earthquakes often rock the country.

Its avifauna is highly varied, from the world’s largest hummingbird in the north to the penguins and rheas in the south. In addition, flightless ducks, torrent ducks, and burrowing parrots are some of the rare Chilean birds. One must understand the landforms to note the effect on birds.

We will explore this varied land and its birds from Santiago in the north to Tierra del Fuego and Torres del Paine in the south. The latter is one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world.

This presentation will be given by Brad and Noma Macurda, showing photos taken by both.

Black faced ibis by Brad & Noma Macurda
Humboldt Penguins on Isla Grande de Chiloe (SW Puerto Montt) by Brad & Noma Macurda
Chimango caracara by Brad & Noma Macurda
Magellanic oystercatcher by Brad & Noma Macurda
Flightless steamer duck by Brad & Noma Macurda
Upland goose by Brad & Noma Macurda
  • PWWS monthly meetings take place at the Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston County Park.  Directions to meeting location for Wednesday meetings (709 Riley Fuzzel Road, Spring, Texas):
  • Aldine-Westfield dead ends into Riley Fuzzel Road just northeast of Old Town Spring so there are several ways to get there:

    1. Take the Rayford/Sawdust exit and go east on Rayford Rd. After about 4 miles, take a right (south) onto Grand Parkway Frontage Road / Riley Fuzzel Road.  Drive 1.4 miles to the Dennis Johnston Park (on the right before Hardy Toll Road and after the Spring Creek Bridge).  Turn right into the park & drive all the way around following the curve to the left until you reach the Old Stone Lodge.

    2. From I45, take Spring Cypress Road exit east and follow it across the railroad tracks to Aldine Westfield passing through Olde Town Spring.  Turn left onto Aldine Westfield and then right onto Riley Fuzzel for a short distance to get to Dennis Johnston Park.  It will be on the left just after Hardy Toll Road and before the Spring Creek Bridge. Turn left into the park & drive all the way around following the curve to the left until you reach the Old Stone Lodge.

    3. Take Aldine Westfield north from Mercer Arboretum until it dead ends into Riley Fuzzel. Turn right on Riley Fuzzel, go under the Hardy Toll Road freeway and turn left into Dennis Johnston Park (before the Spring Creek Bridge).  Drive all the way around following the curve to the left until you reach the Old Stone Lodge.

    Watch for a sign for the Park on the north side of Riley Fuzzel. You will need to drive all the way back to the Big Stone Lodge and the parking next to it.