Texas Pelagics

"It's Not Just Birding, It's an Adventure"


by | Nov 20, 2021

I must acknowledge the efforts of the Texas Pelagics community of dedicated birders who pioneered, organized and led all the previous trips to date.  I dedicate this website to this group of Texas Pelagic enthusiasts who have made all the trips and therefore this website possible.  I know of most all of these people but certainly there were others as well who I am unaware of. If you know of someone who should be acknowledged on this list please let me know.

Ed Kutac:  On Feb. 26 1961, he organized the first known purely pelagic birding trip in Texas with the Ornithology Group of the Houston Outdoor Nature Club into the Gulf of Mexico. 26 observers got at least 30 miles out. At that time there was only one previous record of Pomarine Jaeger from the western gulf ( Bolivar Peninsula 1933) and only 3 previous records of Gannet from Texas waters.

Sheriton Burr

John & Barbara Ribble 

Ronnie Carrol

Warren Pulich Sr.:

Steve Hawkins:

Ray Heitman:

Rick Derdeyn:

Tony & Phyllis Frank:

David Bradford:

Chuck Sexton:

Greg Lasley:

Dwight Peake:

Mark Elwonger:

Eric Carpenter:

John Arvin:

Tammy Bulow:

Brad McKinney:

Petra Hockey:

Randy Pinkston:

Mary Gustafson:

Sumita Prasad:

Cate Ball:

Mike Overton:

Stan Van Sandt:

Richard Gibbons:

PARTICIPANTS: I also dedicate this website to all the participants on Texas Pelagic trips who have endured and enjoyed all the countless hours at sea searching the blue horizons for distant birds and marine life.

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