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, March 27 | 6:30 to 8:00 PM |
In-person (6:00 PM) Zoom (6:30 PM) 

The Lost Birds
David Cook

"Once upon a time words began to vanish from the language of children. They disappeared so quietly that at first no one noticed--fading away like water on stone." - Robert MacFarlane

What do the following birds have in common?

kingfisher, heron, lark, magpie, pelican, raven, starling, stork, thrush, wren

For children, these birds were lost from the language of the natural world via a linguistic hit job by Oxford University Press. Each was "made extinct," becoming a Lost Bird, in recent years by its removal from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. These ten birds, along with other natural words such as accord, brook, buttercup, pasture, primrose, tulip, and many living words from nature were lost because they were deemed not part of the "life experience" of young readers.

David Cook is a Texas Master Naturalist, Travis Audubon Master Birder, and a photographer who has been documenting the Lost Words in his book, Picturing The Lost Words, and through a collaboration with members of the North American Nature Photography Association. He will talk about his book project completed during COVID, share his photographs and poetry of The Lost Words, and talk about ways we can all help children reconnect with nature.

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Meeting ID:875 8218 9285
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If you plan to attend the meeting in person at Alamo Colleges District, 2222 N. Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78215 at 6:00 PM, please sign up here.

To download a PDF Version of Picturing the Lost Words, please visit this website..

To Join the iNaturalist Project, please use this link.

BAS Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, April 24, 6:30-8:00 PM
In Person (6:00 PM) Zoom (6:30 PM)

Personal Habitat: 30 Years of Wildlife Gardening

Join author/artist Julie Zickefoose in a retrospective of 30 years of habitat enhancement on her 80-acreparcel in the Appalachian foothills of southeast Ohio.

This virtual garden tour showcases the stunning beauty of one place, deeply loved and closely observed, where thoughtful stewardship has made all the difference.

You'll come away full of ideas for your own space, no matter how small. Julie may even be persuaded to tell us about her “perfect bird bath,” which she calls Warbler Fall.

Julie Zickefoose is a writer who illustrates her own books: Saving Jemima, Baby Birds, The Bluebird Effect, and Natural Gardening for Birds. She fights invasive plants, gardens, does a bit of songbird and bat rehab, and is Advising Editor for BWD Magazine (formerly Bird Watcher’s Digest; now BWD: Birds Wonder Delight), to which she's contributed since 1986. She is currently writing about Carolina wrens, tiny geniuses.

Julie’s blog shows “what happens when you make room in your life, every day, for the things that bring you joy. Strange ... most of them are free.”

Approved for AAMN AT hours.
Click HERE to Join Zoom Meeting at 6:30 pm
Meeting ID:852 0262 8616
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If you plan to attend the meeting in person at Alamo Colleges District, 2222 N. Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78215 at 6:00 PM, please sign up here.




Bexar Audubon/San Antonio/Mitchell Lake Audubon Special June Events

San Antonio Audubon is celebrating its 70th Anniversary. There will be CAKE!

Program: Elevating Women Birders
Tiffany Kersten
Monday, June 10, 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Alamo Colleges District ACCESS Building
2222 N. Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78215

In Person (6:00 PM) and Zoom (6:30 PM)
If you attend in person, you will be eligible to win a Birdie Alarm to increase your personal safety while birding.

Bird Walk with Tiffany
Tuesday, June 11, 8:30 to 10:30 AM
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
$20 for non-members; $15 for members
Limited to first 25 who sign up.

Tiffany Kersten didn’t set out to do a Big Year, but after a series of unanticipated and serendipitous events, she suddenly found herself amidst one. As a sexual assault survivor, she spent 2021 traveling to all corners of the country, tallying birds and gifting personal safety alarms to women she met along the way. Her goal was to see 700 species and to raise awareness of women’s safety in the outdoors. She ended up surpassing her goal and setting a new record, with 726 species. In her presentation, Tiffany will lead us through the fear, empowerment, struggles, and healing that all played vital roles in the personal growth she experienced on this wild adventure.

Tiffany Kersten is a Wisconsin native who now resides in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Hooked on birds since age 12, she graduated from Northland College with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology. She has spent fifteen years working in conservation and environmental education with organizations including the US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Cape May Bird Observatory. After completing a Lower 48 States Big Year in 2021, she founded her own company, Nature Ninja Birding Tours.

Approved for AAMN AT hours.

Click HERE to Join Zoom Meeting at 6:30 pm
Meeting ID:813 2298 5580
Find your local number to call in here.

If you plan to attend the meeting in person at Alamo Colleges District, 2222 N. Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78215 at 6:00 PM, please sign up HERE.

If you plan to participate in the Bird Walk with Tiffany at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, please sign up HERE. You will pay at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center when you check in.

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.

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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