BIRDS, CONSERVATION, OUTINGS, AND MORE!
Welcome to Bexar Audubon Society in San Antonio, the area’s official chapter of the National Audubon Society. Bexar Audubon Society's mission is to promote the conservation of habitat for birds and other wildlife, support National Audubon Society’s efforts, and encourage responsible local action through education, research, and advocacy. Read more.
Meetings & Events
Our online presentations offer excellent speakers covering a wide variety of topics related to birding, conservation, mammals, insects, and more. Up next, Texas author Julie Beever will speak April 28 @ 6:30 PM about her new book, A House for Wren. Details on all upcoming programs are here. Find recordings of past presentations on our Meetings & Events page.
How You Can Help Promote Bird Safety in Downtown SA During Spring Migration
Spring migration is one of the most exciting times for birders in Texas. One out of every three birds migrating through the U.S. in spring passes through the state, a number estimated to be one billion birds. Because most migratory birds fly at night, bright lights of commercial and residential buildings attract and disorient birds, causing collisions and leaving birds vulnerable to threats on the ground.
San Antonio was recently certified as a Bird City Texas, and one of the elements of this designation involves collecting data about bird casualties due to building collisions as part of a Lights Out Texas–San Antonio initiative. Bexar Audubon Society, in association with Texan by Nature, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, needs volunteers to help with downtown bird surveys from April 19 through May 7 during peak spring migration. The data collected will be used to pinpoint downtown areas where birds are most vulnerable and to work with building owners and managers to help mitigate bird casualties by turning off excessive lighting at night from 11 PM to 6 AM during peak migration periods in spring and fall.
We need 10 individuals each day from April 19 through May 7 to register to walk five assigned routes in the early morning (6:00 AM to 8:00 AM) through downtown looking for bird casualties. The ability to identify bird species is not required, although a smartphone is necessary and experience using iNaturalist is preferred. A protocol is in place for how to handle and photograph birds that are deceased or injured. A one-hour volunteer training session is available online and is required for volunteers so they understand the survey protocol and how to use iNaturalist for this specific project. The group will meet each morning in an easily accessible downtown garage where parking is free for volunteers.
Sign Up to Volunteer
Click here to register for the day(s) you want to volunteer. Click here for the volunteer training guide, PowerPoint slides, video of required online training session, and videos about how to collect and photograph bird casualties.
San Antonio Earns Bird City Texas Certification!
Thanks to a hard-working group of dedicated BAS members and partner organizations, San Antonio has earned Bird City Texas certification. Bird City Texas is a partnership program between Audubon Texas and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Along with San Antonio, Galveston and Surfside Beach have also been certified as Bird City Texas communities. These three communities join the inaugural 2020 Bird City Texas communities and will be certified through December 2023. Read the press release here. For more information about what Bird City entails for us, click here.
San Antonio City Council Passes Resolution Recognizing World Migratory Bird Day
The San Antonio City Council voted unanimously in council session December 3, 2020, to support the Resolution that annually recognizes WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY (WMBD) as being significant to the city and community at large. Read more.
A walk in nature connects us with the bigger picture of life that includes us and gives us a chance to discover the birds, wildlife, plants, geography and geology of our area. We're not conducting group outings now, but we have virtual presentations coming up.
See what’s on the schedule.
What to Do if You Find
an Injured Bird
Should you find a bird (or other wildlife) that has been injured, please call:
Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation
(San Antonio, TX)
Roger & Phyllis Sherman Animal Care Complex
1354 Basse Rd., San Antonio, TX 78212
Phone: (830) 336-2725
If you find an injured raptor, please contact:
Last Chance Forever Bird of Prey Conservancy
Bird Field Guide in Spanish
Did you know the National Audubon Society's Guide to North American Birds is available online in Spanish (La Guía de Aves de América del Norte)? Each entry includes a color illustration, Spanish name, scientific name, and a link to species' calls and songs.
Laura Bush: Texans, Turn
Out the Lights
Former First Lady Laura Bush, founder of Texan by Nature, wrote an op-ed for the Dallas Morning News about the Lights Out, Texas effort to help migratory birds as they travel through urban areas. Read her article here.
Lights Out, Texas Video
Check out this 1-minute video about the importance of turning out lights in Texas during migration.
NAS and BAS Statements on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
National Audubon Society:
The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere. With a plurality of voices, we will inspire more people and conserve more habitats.
Bexar Audubon Society:
Bexar Audubon Society is committed to helping make bird watching safe, welcoming, and accessible for all. We welcome and encourage appreciation of our natural world while promoting its preservation and protection. We believe that birding is for everybody, and that the birds we love and the habitats they rely on benefit most when more people are engaged in protecting them. We believe that anyone who enjoys looking at birds is a "birdwatcher." We do not discriminate because of skill level, length of time identifying as a birdwatcher, age, gender, skin color, size, sexual orientation, disability, religion, socioeconomic status, or national or ethnic origin.
Great Gift Idea for Kids!
A House for Wren is the newly released children’s book for the “young and young at heart” written by Texan Julie Beever and illustrated by Diana Delosh. A unique introduction to birdwatching for young birding enthusiasts, this story contains factual information about the nesting habits of real-life birds and introduces young readers to the lifelong love of birding. Julie will be guest speaker for our online meeting April 28.
For a limited time, autographed, personalized copies of A House for Wren are available through Julie Beever for $14.95 each + tax & shipping. Click here for ordering information.
Join & Support
Bexar Audubon Society of San Antonio relies on donations to fund the activities that support our mission. Please click here to find out more about how your donation helps birds and their conservation.
Education & Entertainment for Birders
Our friends at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have made numerous resources available to keep us informed and entertained as we stay at home. Many of us are missing our regular birding field trips, but we are learning that backyard birding has its merits!
Free Thayer Birding Software
is a GREAT Value!
Use this free software ($49.95 value) to learn about the amazing birds in your yard and in your country. Watch videos of bird behavior, hear their songs, and take hundreds of fun quizzes on the birds of North America. Use the ID Wizard if you are not sure of a bird’s name. Compare two birds side-by-side.
Click here to learn more.
STRESS-FREE ONLINE ACTIVITIES
AND BIRDING INFO
Enjoy this fun and informative article from Porch.com: Build Your Own Birdhouse for Your Backyard Birding Hobby.
Find some great suggestions for making the outdoors more exciting for kids of all ages!
Visit the activities page at the Stop Nature-Deficit Disorder website.
More ideas are listed in an article from Jenny Miller on our Outreach page.
Here is a huge list of backyard bird feeder and bird-watching activities for kids from ADayInOurShoes.com.
Discover five great Leave No Trace educational resources.
Your kids will love these Ranger Rick craft activities.
National Geographic for Kids offers a wealth of fun and informative activities.
Practices and Nature of Science explores the big hows and whys of science with videos and more for grades Pre-K through college.
PBS Nature Games for kids are fun and educational.
Explore the Museum of Natural History here.
DIY Growing Up Wild & Starting Out Wild lessons are added weekly here.
Inspire a lifetime of learning and discovery with this free, fun educational program for children ages 2 to 7 years.
Audubon offers weekly interactive lessons for kids here.
Thirty quests for students around the world to celebrate, explore, and connect with nature are at Ted Talk Earth School.
Watch curated videos on the website “The Kids Should See This,” which offers entertaining science-based information
and how-tos for kids to explore with their parents.
Read a Missouri photographer's story about how native plants brings birds to his yard.
A writer shares how being in quarantine helped her understand the magic of birds. Read it here.
Bird Bingo, anyone? Bird Watcher’s Digest is offering free printable Bird Bingo cards on their website.
Cards are available by region of the U.S. so you'll recognize birds from the area where you live.
The Witte Museum also has a downloadable bingo card featuring backyard birds.
There are lots of ways everyone can contribute to saving the environment; check out this HomeAdvisor page for steps, big and small, that families can take to save resources indoors and maintain a healthy ecosystem outside.
"Ode to a Toad," "Notes on Ball Moss," and other poetic thoughts by environmental writer Mobi Warren.
Birdy Care Package from National Audubon Society.
Abundance of fun activities from Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Cornell Lab's Bird Academy Classes provide great info.
Visit the new Birds of the World website from Cornell Lab.
Fantastic Audubon resources for kids in Grades 3-6.
Here are 10 nature activities to keep your kids entertained—and they might learn something, too!
National Wildlife Federation has made all of its online educational curriculum
and Ranger Rick activities open-access: click here.
Zoo School shows you how to make a bird feeder.
Resources developed for World Migratory Bird Day; many are suitable for children
(games, coloring pages, activities, etc.) and are FREE downloads, with several in English and Spanish.
Learn how to make a rain garden. Detailed instructions and plant guides can be downloaded for free by clicking here to view a low impact development manual from the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance.
Help your child build a bird blind. Read advice from a Young Birders Club parent.