Meetings & Events

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!

BAS Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
In-person (6:00) & Zoom (6:30)

Bringing the Natural World Home Using Native Plants: A Personal Journey
With Craig Hensley

Educator and naturalist Craig Hensley has long been an advocate for converting residential biological deserts to natural habitats. In 2018, he and his wife, Master Naturalist Terry Lashley, began a quest to convert most of their yard in Boerne to native plants with the idea that if you build it, they (the pollinators and others) will come. Through purchase and propagation of natives, a yard of non-natives has transitioned to a place, tiny though it is, where birds, bees, butterflies and so much more now visit throughout the year. Join us to learn how they went about the process, see the results of this on-going effort, and become inspired to take steps in your own yard.

Craig Hensley is a long-time naturalist and outdoor educator, having worked in nature centers from Minnesota and Nebraska to Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas. Craig has worked for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for most of the past 14 years as a Park Interpreter and Resource Specialist at Guadalupe River State Park and Honey Creek State Natural Area, as a Wildlife Biologist for Kendall and Comal Counties, and for the past five years as one of two Texas Nature Trackers Biologists. He is an avid birder, a chaser of butterflies, dragons, and damsels, a grower of native plants, and a nature photographer of sorts. He has two grown children, Noah and Jennifer, and five grandchildren in Boston and New Zealand.

Approved for AAMN AT hours

In-person | 6:00 pm
Alamo Colleges District
2222 N. Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78215
Please sign-up HERE

You do NOT need to sign up ahead of time if you will attend via Zoom.

Zoom | 6:30 pm
Click HERE to Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 853 8188 2083
Passcode: 519861
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** USED BOOK SALE **
Bexar Audubon will hold a used book sale of nature and bird/birding books before this meeting.
- From 4:30 to 6:00
- Payment by cash or check ONLY
- Come early to get the best choice!

Our thanks to BAS member Harry Noyes and BAS board members, who provided books for this sale.

BAS Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, August 28
In-person (6:00) & Zoom (6:30)

Demystifying North American Flycatcher Identification
With Dr. Cin-Ty Lee 

The identification of North American flycatchers can be a daunting challenge for even the most seasoned birder. The Field Guides to North American Flycatchers take bird identification to an entirely new level by training readers to observe subtle differences in structure, color patterns, and vocalizations before delving into the finer details of a particular species.

Because the plumages of flycatchers are so similar, these one-of-a-kind guides use illustrations (by Andrew Birch) to highlight slight variations among species that photos often miss. Cin-Ty tells us what to look for and how to see it and apply it to our bird ID toolkit.

Get insights into how and why Cin-Ty and Andrew came to produce these books on Bird Banter in May 2024.

Cin-Ty Lee is a geologist/petrologist/geochemist by training with a doctorate from Harvard. He is currently the Harry Carothers Wiess Professor of Geology, Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Rice University, where he investigate how our planet has evolved with time, from the deepest parts of the Earth’s mantle to the continental crust and the atmosphere.

But wait, there’s more! As a long-time birder sparked by two red birds in California, Cin-Ty also spends time doing research on birds, specifically, bioacoustics monitoring tracking migratory birds at night. The results of this research will be useful for understanding the effects of land use and climate change on the natural environment. He also just produced the second field guide on the identification of North American flycatchers.

When not doing geology, he spends time with his wife and son. He is often out looking for birds, bugs, or plants in Houston and beyond, sitting in his studio painting and drawing (he helps his wife run a natural history design company), or anything else related to natural history.

He is a gifted teacher, who makes the identification of birds logical and practical for birders of all levels. He is also a great person, an immigrant from Taiwan, and a proud citizen of the United States.

Approved for AAMN AT hours

In-person | 6:00 pm
Alamo Colleges District
2222 N. Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78215
Please sign-up HERE

You do NOT need to sign up ahead of time if you will attend via Zoom.

Zoom | 6:30 pm
Click HERE to Join Zoom Meeting at 6:30 pm
Meeting ID: 867 7267 4508
Passcode: 352624
Find your local number to call in here

THOSE WHO ATTEND THE AUGUST PROGRAM IN PERSON WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER INTO A RAFFLE FOR ONE OF CIN-TY LEE’S BOOKS.

In Case You Missed It:
Bexar Audubon online presentations are available on Vimeo

Click on the word "Vimeo" in headline above
to access these recordings.

The Spiders of Central Texas by Sheryl Smith-Rodgers

Ferdinand Lindheimer: From Political Exile to "Father of Texas Botany" by Betty Keese

Recovering the Lost Words by David Cook

Land Stewardship for Birds: A Guide for Central Texas by Rufus Stephens & Jan Wrede

Raptors of Texas by Dr. Craig Farquhar
PowerPoints Slides Click Here.

Cats Indoors: Better for Cats, Better for Birds, Better for People by Grant Sizemore

Restoring and Creating Pollinator Habitats by Dr. Sean Griffin

Exposure of terrestrial birds to microplastic: The effects of urbanization and ecological traits
Presented by Alexis Baum

Ocelots in Texas: Conservation Challenges and Opportunities by Dr. Sharon Wilcox

30,000 Miles in Search of Godwits, from the Mexican Border to the Arctic Ocean by Bruce Beehler, PhD

The Strange and Wondrous Adaptations Birds Rely on to Get By: Dr. Roger Lederer

Lights Out: Safer Skies for Migrating Birds
by Dr. Tania Homayoun

Hog Island Audubon Camp Experiences in Maine by Yvette Stewart and Corina Solis

Anticoagulant Rodenticides and Raptors by Eres Gomez

Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Texas by Romey Swanson

New insights into the genetics of the Golden-Cheeked Warbler by Dr. Giri Athrey

Wingbeat Atlas: Bird Photography by Ken Butler and Poems by Lucy Griffith

Little (studied) Kite on the Prairie: Investigating the Ecology of Mississippi Kites by Dr. Ben R. Skipper of Angelo State University

Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Birds of the World by Laura Kammermeier

Victoria Winter Hummingbirds by Dr. Brent Ortego

The Edwards Aquifer and San Marcos Springs by Gregg Eckhardt

Ethnobotany and the Appreciation of Native Plants by Maeve Bassett of San Antonio Botanical Garden

Golden-cheeked Warbler Important Bird Area Training Video presented by Jewell Cozort of SA Parks and Recreation Dept.

The Wonderful Wild of Texas: A Herping Big Year by Romey Swanson of Audubon Texas

 

 

 

 

"A Most Remarkable Creature" by author Jonathan Meiburg about caracaras

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

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