Bexar Audubon Society Outings Recaps
As we visit local and regional birding hotspots in and around South Texas, we want to share photos of the birds
and other wildlife we encounter on our outings.
Kirchoff Prairie Birding Skills Workshop, October 2, 2021
Tom and Patsy Inglet of BAS led a Birding Skills Workshop at Kirchoff Prairie in Wilson County for nine attendees. They then took a walk around part of the 200-acre property and documented 22 species, including a Merlin, a Blue-headed Vireo, and a flyover of three White-faced Ibis. Four Bobwhites were flushed out of the prairie. Green Jays “interrupted” the class and took everyone’s attention. Photos by Don Kirchoff.
Tour of Frida Kahlo Oasis at SA Botanical Garden, September 13, 2021
This special tour highlighted the animals, animal imagery, and symbolism important to artist Frida Kahlo. The tour guide, Gabriela Gamez, originally from Mexico City, is the Art Consultant/Curator of the Frida Kahlo Oasis. After a tour of the exhibit and the folk art statues, the group did some birding at the garden. Photos by Patsy Inglet (PI), B. Taylor (BT), and Patty Leslie Pasztor (PLP).
Bexar Audubon Society coordinated a Birding BioBlitz for the Kirchoff Prairie Restoration Site in Wilson County, Texas, on May 8, 2021. This conservation easement provides public access to a farm restored to Blackland prairie and its natural communities. The Kirchoff Family’s “Farm to Native Prairie” philosophy is a working example of how landowners can restore native prairies, following many decades of row crop farming and cattle ranching. They are carrying out their plan to create a financially self-sustaining prairie in honor of their parents’ conservation ethic, preserved in perpetuity for future generations to enjoy.
Habitats are being preserved for butterflies, pollinators, neotropical songbirds, and grassland birds. Sprague’s pipit has been identified on the property and is a candidate for endangered species.
Rio Grande Valley, January 2020