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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, other wildlife, and people; support National Audubon Society’s efforts; and encourage responsible local action through education, research, and advocacy. Read more.

Vermilion Flycatcher by Charles J. Sharp (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Meetings & Events

Our online presentations offer excellent speakers covering a wide variety of topics related to birding, conservation, mammals, insects, and more. On January 26, Romey Swanson of Audubon Texas will tell us about his Herping Big Year. Read more on our Meetings & Events page, where you'll also find a link to recordings of past presentations.


New Birding Guides for Kids in Spanish and English!

Bexar Audubon has developed two new guides for young birders to help them learn about backyard birds. You can print the two-page guides in Spanish  or English versions. Budding birders will enjoy using these colorful and easy to read references!


Speak up for Texas Wildlife!

The bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is getting lots of attention in the U.S. Senate and really gaining momentum. Here's an opportunity for ALL TEXANS to help our fish and wildlife by contacting Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to politely ask that they cosponsor the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, S.2372. Phone calls and messages from Texans would go a long way to encourage their support. Read more.


If your cat is dreaming of the outdoors, consider a catio!  Outdoor cat enclosures benefit cats, birds, and wildlife, and provide peace of mind knowing your cat is always safe and stimulated outside. Our friends at Catio Spaces have a DIY Catio Plan solution to help you build a catio, or you can hire a carpenter to build the plan for you. Check out Catio Spaces' DIY Catio PlansCatio Spaces will donate 10% of any sale to our organization when you use the code BASLovesBirdCityTXSA.


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.


 

Outings

Birding Group Outing 1 10 20 Santa Ana

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. See what's on the schedule.


Join Climate Watch

Bexar Audubon Society is leading the Climate Watch project in our area this year, and we are seeking volunteer birders to participate in surveying for Lesser Goldfinch in specific 10 km x 10 km squares across our region at least once between January 15 and February 15. Read here about how to participate. 


 

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

Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation
(Kendalia, TX)

P.O. Box 369, Kendalia, TX 78027
Phone: (830) 336-2725
Email: info@wildlife-rescue.org

If you find an injured raptor, please contact:
Last Chance Forever Bird of Prey Conservancy
(210) 499-4080


 

Lights Out Bird Survey Volunteers

Lights Out volunteers Laura Berrones and Jean Morehouse stand in front of the Alamo during an early morning downtown bird survey this fall.


Lights Out, Texas Video

Check out this 1-minute video about the importance of turning out lights in Texas during migration.


Stunning Rescue

Stephanie Arch, a Lights Out Texas—San Antonio volunteer, sent us this photo of her mom holding a Chipping Sparrow as it recovered from flying into a window. Luckily, the sparrow was able to go on its way after a few minutes of rest. Please do your part in keeping birds safe by preventing window strikes. Check out these ideas to stop collisions between birds and glass.

 

Conservation News

LRenderSong Sparrow Cropped

Being invested in the ecological and environmental health of our community is a commitment that Bexar Audubon leadership takes to heart. Read more. We also encourage you to keep up with the news of the day by checking our website's We Love Birds Bulletin.


 

 

Hear Birds Again!

Do You Have Trouble Hearing High-Pitched Bird Songs? Then you might be interested in supporting a project by world-renowned sound recordist Lang Elliott. His goal is to produce an open-source mobile phone app to help bird enthusiasts who suffer from high frequency hearing loss like himself and who desire to once again enjoy the uplifting songs of wild birds. Your support will help give birth to a mobile phone app that uses advanced algorithms to lower the pitch of bird songs in real time, making them audible during walks in nature, in conjunction with the development of a “binaural headset” with mics mounted at each ear that will simulate natural hearing and allow the calls to be located in space.

You can hear Lang Elliott explain the project in his own words on his website: Hear Birds Again. Check it out and donate to support the project if you are inclined.


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.


It's Like Shazam for Birds!

BirdNET from Cornell Lab is a free smartphone app for Android and IOS that allows you to record and edit bird sounds, then analyzes the recording and suggests species identification. Check it out here!


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.


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 was 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

Membership

Donate

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!

STRESS-FREE ONLINE ACTIVITIES
AND BIRDING INFO

During the 2020 pandemic, Bexar Audubon compiled a list of websites featuring projects, crafts, and information for kids. Access it here.