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Happenings at Hooks Woods

Our efforts to improve Hooks Woods for birds and birders continue. I am happy to report that a memorial to Steve Gross, past president of TOS, is finally underway at Hooks! It is long overdue, but a very nice bird blind is being built as I write this. It is going in at the end of the last boardwalk and will have multiple viewing positions with multiple small drips and a small pond at the end of it. Steve’s memorial is modeled after the bird blind at Estero Llano Grande State Park and if you’ve visited there you'll have an idea of what the finished product will look like. It is going to be a wonderful addition to Hooks Woods. A huge thanks goes to Dave Dolan who has been the driving force behind this!

If you would like to donate to the memorial in honor of Steve, or even if you didn’t know Steve but would like to donate to the latest cool project at Hooks, it is not too late. You can donate online using the Donate button on our website,  or mail us a check. Our address is 11101-9 Leopard Square, PMB 1039, Corpus Christi, TX 78410. Please let us know that your donation is for Steve’s memorial. Thank you!

In addition to checking out the progress of the blind, we also continue to improve the habitat by adding new plants. The planting session on January 29 involved putting in 12 wax myrtles behind the meadow pond. During spring migration last year, we discovered that people walking on the boardwalk behind the pond spooked the birds at the pond. The woods between the boardwalk and pond didn’t have enough understory to block the bird’s view, so we have added the wax myrtles to add a food source as well as a natural screen to block the bird’s view of movement on the boardwalk. We also planted a couple of American beautyberry plants, another good wildlife plant.
We spread seeds (rosinweed, compass plant, Texas coneflower, basket flower, rattlesnake master, lance-leaf blanket flower, liatris, western ironweed, blue mistflower, and Indian plantain) in the prairie area - thanks to David and Jan Hanson for the seed supply!
As we improve Hooks Woods, we need to keep a closer eye on things. The Hooks Woods Management Team is looking for someone who would be willing to visit Hooks every couple of weeks to make sure everything is in order. If you are interested in volunteering in this way or finding out more about this, please contact Shelia, Thank you!

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