The Texas Ornithological Society (TOS) was founded in 1953 as a nonprofit organization. The purpose of the Society is to promote the discovery and dissemination of knowledge of birds; to encourage specifically the observation, study and conservation of birds in Texas; to encourage the formation of local birding clubs; and to stimulate cooperation among professional ornithologists.
For more on the history of TOS see History of TOS - 1953-1963
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Why should I become a member of TOS?

The above covers the intent and actions for which TOS was formed and you would become a part of our efforts to protect and enjoy these amazing and beautiful creatures. But in addition to joining with others who are of like mind you will receive other benefits as indicated below:

(1) Your membership entitles you to receive our annual magazine (in full color) with articles about birds and birding opportunities in our great state. Texas leads the nation in the number of species which have been observed-638 as of 2014. This is not a scientific journal as such, but you will also receive Bulletins which include peer reviewed articles of a scientific nature that we publish periodically. And our three annual newsletters that provide additional timely information about events taking place in which you can participate in as a member of TOS. These publications cost the organization about $20.00 per member to produce which are covered by your dues.

(2) Other benefits include discounts from these organizations:
Texas A&M Press: 30% discount on books ordered by phone (800-826-8911), fax (800-617-2421) or on the web. This discount is only for books published by Texas A&M Press.
University of Texas Press: 30% off full list price of any book, plus free domestic shipping
Cornell’s Birds of North America (BNA): 20% discount. From their website - “the most comprehensive reference for the life histories of over 760 bird species that breed in the United States and Canada. Species accounts are written by ornithologists and other experts and are an essential reference for anyone with an advanced interest in birds.”
The Princeton University Press: 30% off birding field guides, photographic guides, reference works, and products (illustrated birding checklists, calendars, and flash cards).

The discount codes, for use by current TOS members only, are listed in your membership welcome letter, or can be obtained by emailing

In addition, TOS has available for free an app for the IPhone that features all the species on the Texas list, direct connection to our website and a map with all the birding hot spots in our state.

(3) Your membership also entitles you to free access to any of our sanctuaries. Currently we own two in the High Island region - Hooks & Crawford Woods - one near Beaumont - Sabine Woods -and another on the central coast at old Indianola - Magic Ridge. These are some of the hottest locations for passerines (perching birds) during migration.

(4) Finally you are eligible to participate in our two semi-annual meetings which are held in various parts of Texas in winter and spring. These events include daily field trips with knowledgeable trip leaders, educational programs in the afternoon and evening, and the opportunity to meet other people interested in birds from around our state. TOS also provides field trips to other regions of North America open to our membership such as Alaska, Minnesota, Colorado, Arizona and other areas. A new program called Weekenders has been added that feature meetings in various places around the state where those attending receive classroom instruction followed by field trips to implement the knowledge derived from those classes. Please consider joining our organization and supporting our efforts in conservation and education. The benefits more that cover the cost of membership. You can do so by printing the application and mailing it with your check to our TOS mail box or you can join and pay with Pay Pal by clicking on the button below this message. Thank you for your consideration of becoming a member. We hope to see you at the next TOS meeting.

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Texas Ornithological Society
11101-9 Leopard Square, PMB 1039
Corpus Christi, TX 78410

If you are a TOS member and need to change your contact information please contact Judy Kestner (Membership Services) below.
TOS Contact Information
Byron StonePresident512-970-5154
Christine TurnbullPast President339-235-5338
Eric CarpenterSecretary, Texas Bird Records Committee512-796-3755
Judy KestnerMembership Services361-701-1962
Jack Clinton EitniearPublications Editor210-994-9171
James GirouxWeb Master512-301-0373
TOS Officers
Byron StonePresident512-970-5154
Frances CerbinsVice President512-372-9039
Susan FosterSecretary956-337-4011
John BernerTreasurer281-380-9070
Committees & Chairs
Field Trip CommitteeJane TillmanAustin
High Island Sanctuary CommitteeShelia HargisAustin
Magic Ridge Sanctuary CommitteeByron StoneAustin
Sabine Woods Sanctuary CommitteeJohn WhittlePort Arthur
Meeting CommitteeChristine TurnbullAustin
Publications CommitteeSusan FosterRockport
Texas Bird Records CommitteeTony FrankHouston
Awards CommitteeJack EitniearSan Antonio
Past President
Christine TurnbullPast President 339-235-5338
Various Positions
Membership SecretaryJudy KestnerCorpus Christi
Online RegistrationLaurie FossSpicewood
Publication EditorJack EitniearSan Antonio
Web MasterJames GirouxAustin
TOS At-Large Directors
Frances CerbinsDirector At Large512-372-9039
Romey SwansonDirector At Large512-667-8124
Byron StoneDirector At Large512-970-5154
Clay TaylorDirector At Large361-248-4588

TOS Regional Directors     
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John BernerDirector Region 1
Gailon BrehmDirector Region 2
North Central
Laura WilsonDirector Region 3
East Texas Timberlands
D. D. CurrieDirector Region 4
Christine TurnbullDirector Region 5
Edwards Plateau
Randy PinkstonDirector Region 6
Central Prairie
Susan FosterDirector Region 7
Rio Grande Brushlands
Kendra KocabDirector Region 8
Coastal Prairie

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Region 1 - Panhandle
Andrews, Armstrong, Bailey, Borden, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Cochran, Collingsworth, Cottle, Crosby, Dallam, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Fisher, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hockley, Howard, Hutchinson, Jones, Kent, King, Lamb, Lipscomb, Lubbock, Lynn, Martin, Mitchell, Moore, Motley, Nolan, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Scurry, Sherman, Stonewall, Swisher, Taylor, Terry, Wheeler, Yoakum

Region 2 - North Central
Archer, Baylor, Callahan, Clay, Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Eastland, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Foard, Grayson, Hardeman, Haskell, Hood, Hunt, Jack, Johnson, Kaufman, Knox, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Shackelford, Somervell, Stephens, Tarrant, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, Young

Region 3 - Piney Woods
Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Gregg, Hardin, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Jasper, Lamar, Liberty, Marion, Montgomery, Morris, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Panola, Polk, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Van Zandt, Walker, Wood

Region 4 - Trans-Pecos
Brewster, Jeff Davis, Crane, Culberson, Ector, El Paso, Hudspeth, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Loving, Terrell, Upton, Ward, Winkler

Region 5 - Edwards Plateau
Bandera, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet, Coke, Comal, Concho, Crockett, Edwards, Gillespie, Glasscock, Hays, Irion, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Medina, Menard, Reagan, Real, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton, Tom Green, Travis, Uvalde, Val Verde

Region 6 - Central Prairie
Bastrop, Bell, Bosque, Brazos, Brown, Burleson, Caldwell, Coleman, Comanche, Coryell, Dewitt, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Gonzales, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hamilton, Hill, Karnes, Lampasas, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Madison, McLennan, Milam, Mills, Navarro, Robertson, Washington, Williamson, Wilson

Region 7 - Brushlands
Aransas, Atascosa, Bee, Brooks, Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Goliad, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Lasalle, Live Oak, Maverick, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Webb, Willacy, Zapata, Zavala

Region 8 - Coastal Prairie
Austin, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Matagorda, Victoria, Waller, Wharton