Meetings & Events
Bexar Audubon Society of San Antonio offers you engaging
presentations, enlightening topics, useful workshops,
and enriching discussions during our monthly meetings.
Please join us!
Upcoming Online Presentations from Bexar Audubon
BAS October Monthly Meeting
The Why and How of Bird Banding
Presenter: Yvette Stewart, Community Outreach Coordinator for Audubon Texas
Wednesday, October 27
6:30 PM via Zoom
Bird banding is a specialized data-gathering method used by ornithologists across the world and is often misunderstood by the general public. In this talk, Yvette will explain a little bit of the history and benefits of banding, then showcase some of the techniques and tools, as well as discuss training and opportunities for those interested in taking a deeper dive into banding. Approved for AAMN AT hours.
Yvette Stewart has a Bachelor’s in Wildlife and Conservation Biology from the University of Rhode Island and is currently completing her Master’s in Education from the University of Texas. She’s a passionate birder who has helped with bird banding projects in Saipan, North Carolina, and Texas. A lover of all creatures, from tiny spiders to soaring eagles, Yvette is most happy when she’s showing others the wonders of the natural world and prompting people to learn and grow in the great outdoors. She has been with Audubon Texas since 2018 and currently leads two statewide programs: Audubon’s Conservation Leaders for Young Women (ACL) and Bird City Texas (BCT). Both programs are fun and challenging; Yvette enjoys the wide variety of thoughtful and thought-provoking people she interacts with in each program.
Sign Up to Help with Downtown Bird Surveys
Lights Out, Texas—San Antonio
Downtown bird surveys are scheduled to take place during peak fall migration dates from Sept. 7 through October 30. We need volunteers to sign up for Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays during this period, when we will meet in a downtown parking garage at 5:45 AM and each team of two will cover one of three designated areas looking for bird casualties between 6:00 and 8:00 AM. We have two team leaders scheduled for each week, and they will need four volunteers each of the three days. You don't need to know bird IDs to volunteer, just the ability to use the iNaturalist app on your smartphone.
Click here to sign up for the surveys.
Click here to access the volunteer guide, maps, survey forms, training videos, and a recording of the August 28 online training protocol presentation.
Birds & Art Special Event (Online) Nov. 17, 6:00 PM
Join us online Wednesday, November 17 at 6:00 PM for an entertaining presentation by artist Christina Baal. Christina's Belted Kingfisher illustration was featured on the Great Texas Birding Classic t-shirts this year. Christina will be the featured speaker at the Audubon Annual Fall Event co-sponsored by Bexar Audubon Society and San Antonio Audubon Society.
Christina is a wandering bird artist who graduated from Bard College in 2014, then started her own art business, Drawing 10,000 Birds, to achieve her life dream. Christina has traveled across the country and across the world, meeting all kinds of amazing birds and people while working as a naturalist and exhibiting artist at bird festivals. Her favorite birds are Yellow Warblers, Turkey Vultures, and California Condors. Join Christina as she describes the joys and misadventures of pursuing such an ambitious goal, as well as the importance of art in birding and how the practice of both transcends simply putting an image on paper. Christina will share some simple ways in which you can incorporate bird art into your own life, so get ready to leave feeling inspired!
Your $5 ticket purchase qualifies you to register for the 6:00 PM event on Zoom. We'll start with a reception for Christina and a viewing of her artwork, which is for sale on her website—originals, prints, cards, book marks, masks, clothing, and stickers—the perfect gifts for the bird lovers on your list. Each person who attends will also receive a unique raffle number good for prizes at the end of the presentation.
It will be a FUN, colorful evening suitable for all ages!
To attend: First visit TicketLeap to purchase your $5 ticket. After purchase, you will receive a confirmation email from TicketLeap. Please click on the View Order button in that email and you will be directed to a Zoom Link to Register for the event and receive your link admitting you to the Zoom meeting. Each person who will attend should register individually, even if one person purchases tickets for a group or family. That way each person gets a “Raffle Ticket” number for the small prints that we will give away at the end of the presentation.
Deadline for reservations is Monday, November 15.
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The Billion Birds Report and Texas by Richard Heilbrun, TPWD
Effects of Light and Noise on Birds by Dr. Jennifer Phillips of Texas A&M San Antonio
A Kingdom of Birds: Birding in Saudi Arabia by Greg Askew
All About Flycatchers by Craig Hensley, Texas Nature Trackers/TPWD
The Serengeti by Peter Roberts, Bird Guide
Doc & Martha: Matagorda Island Naturalists Documentary by Greg Pasztor
San Antonio Parks & Rec Natural Areas: An Opportunity to Connect People with Nature by Nature Preserve Officer Wendy Leonard
A House for Wren by Author Julie Beever
Balcony Birding in the Time of Coronavirus by Martin Reid
Wildscaping, Creating Habitat in Our Cities by Judit Green, TPWD
iNaturalist and the City Nature Challenge by Craig Hensley, Texas Nature Trackers/TPWD
Birds of Prey by Matt Reidy, TPWD
Purple Martins78209 Project by Allison Hayne
Catios: Outdoor Cat Patios by Cynthia Chomos
To Burn or Not to Burn? By Maureen Frank, Texas A&M AgriLife
Building Bird-friendly Cities and Conservation Leaders for the Future by Yvette Stewart, Audubon Texas
Saving Birds One Building at a Time by Lynne Parks, Lights Out Baltimore
Introduction to Bats by Nyta Brown, Old Tunnel State Park
Damsels & Dragons by Craig Hensley, Texas Nature Trackers/TPWD