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
Join us November 5 at 6:30 PM for an online event to learn about The Texas Horned Lizard Reintroduction Project. Registration is $5 and the deadline is November 1. Click here to learn more. You can also make a donation to name a baby horned lizard.
Click here to read about additional presentations BAS has planned for you.
How to be a Thoughtful Consumer
Reducing the use of plastic is a responsibility all of us should take seriously. Check out our new column, Thoughtful Consumer, for ideas about products you can buy to help eliminate single-use plastics.
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.
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.
Will San Antonio Be the Next Bird City Texas?
Follow our progress as we work toward Bird City Texas certification through a new program from Texas Parks & Wildlife and Audubon Texas. Read more about the process here.
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.
"Nature under Siege" is the theme of Dr. Bruce Beehler's Earth Day op-ed in the Washington Post. Read his provocative article to learn why we must "think, plan, organize and act on behalf of our precious biosphere."
2020-2021 Duck Stamps Now Available!
The 2020-2021 Federal Duck Stamps featuring Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks are available for purchase now and will be available until December 31, 2020, or as long as supplies last. Duck Stamps still cost just $25 (the face value) each, plus $1 per order for postage. Send an email to Patsy Inglet (PresBAS@bexaraudubon.org) for instructions about how to place your order.
Your Duck Stamp shows that you support Migratory Birds and their Habitats AND it will admit you to any National Wildlife Refuge that charges an entry fee. Get yours soon. We have a limited number.
STRESS-FREE ONLINE ACTIVITIES
AND BIRDING INFO
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.