Lake Houston State Park will be hosting “Birding Adventure 102” this Friday and Saturday, beginning Friday night at 7 with an owl prowl. The overnight event will also include workshops on identifying birds by their sounds and appearance. The owl prowl will take participants on a nighttime hike through the woods to listen to and observe owls in their natural habitat, with the workshops to follow. Attendees will finish off the night bunking down at the park's bunkhouse and the adventure will pick back up on Saturday morning at 8 with a guided bird walk. “There's a likelihood that we will get to see numerous birds that we would usually not see due to the migration to the north,” said Joe Cochran, park manager. Cochran said that those who would like to attend should make reservations right away because space is limited. He added that bird watchers need to bring their own bedding and towels, toiletries, food and beverages, and that they should plan to dress comfortably. Boots and binoculars would also be a good idea. The total cost for the adventure is $39 and includes the park entry fee. Jerry Walls, park naturalist, said that Friday night's meal will be “pot luck” with an Italian theme and people have already signed up to bring a variety of dishes, adding that there will be plenty of food. He said that people could bring drinks and lunch for Saturday, but no one would go away hungry. The adventure is open to birding enthusiasts and also to those who may just want to give birding a try. The event is limited to those 13 years old and up. The park hosts regular outdoor adventures and offers overnight camping, with two cottages that are also available for rent. The Forest Cottage sleeps up to 12 people and is $125 per night. The Lazy Creek Cottage sleeps up to 24 and rents for $160. The park is open daily, all year, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Lake Houston State Park is located at 22031 Baptist Encampment Road, in New Caney. For more information on the bird walk or to make reservations, call 281-354-6881. For complete park information and a calendar of events, visit and click on departments, then parks and recreation. Photo of Lake Houston Park by Phil Bozzo

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