Outings

Outings

Many Bexar Audubon Society trips take place in San Antonio, but we sometimes venture farther afield to explore state parks and natural areas. Wherever we go, we hope you’ll join us!

Bexar Audubon is bringing back in-person outings! We are limiting space for the first field trip we've planned, but hope to offer more outings and open them to more members in the near future.

Wednesday, August 4 | 8:15 AM
Field trip to Panther Canyon Nature Trail
at Landa Park in New Braunfels
Join us for a birding and nature hike on this nature trail in Landa Park which begins near the headwaters of Comal Springs.  Following the hike, enjoy a picnic and possibly wading/swimming in Comal Springs to cool off.  To sign up, click here. If you have questions, text Sherie Gee at 210/367-1625. 

Visit Warbler Woods

Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary, located just northeast of San Antonio, is open year-round. Click here for visitor information.

Purple Martin Parties

Party Dates: July 17, 24, 31 | 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM
Free to attend, no registration required

Travis Audubon will be hosting Purple Martin Parties this year! The Martins are back from the suburbs. Thousands upon thousands of Purple Martins have been seen “swirling” into their old/new roosting site this week at Capital Plaza in central Austin. Every evening at sunset this display grows in number and impressiveness! Travis Audubon invites everyone to gather on Saturdays in July, pending official permission from Capital Plaza—visit the Travis Audubon Purple Martin Parties page here.

 


Tips For Hiking During The Pandemic

Hiking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors as well as an excellent way to get a workout and stay healthy. However, hiking during a pandemic is different than hiking before Covid-19 came along. You will need to be proactive to protect you and others from the virus by significantly reducing the risk of spreading this variant of the Coronavirus. We all know masks and social distancing are affective at fighting the virus. Here are a few tips for hiking during the pandemic.

 

Best Ways to Preserve Nature While Hiking 

Getting outdoors to hike is a fantastic way to reap the benefits of spending time in nature. Studies have shown that spending time in nature will cause your stress level to drop. And the physical exercise of hiking will keep your heart healthy and give you a great workout without the boredom of working out in the gym.

Every year more than 40 million people go hiking, and that number is increasing rapidly. But, all of those people hiking can cause serious damage to the natural world if they’re not careful. Even hikers who don’t mean to can damage the ecosystem of the trail or cause damage in the area without knowing it. Read the rest of the article here.


 

 

Use iNaturalist to Post Observations, Help with IDs

 

You can take pictures of plants, birds, insects, and animals to upload to iNat for identification. Or, you can help identify others’ photos. The observations in iNaturalist uploaded by others always have species in need of identification. If you need instructions on helping with the IDs, please read this helpful guide. Watch our iNat presentation by Craig Hensley of TPWD and Texas Nature Trackers.

Come with us to Colombia in 2022!

Yellow-crowned Whitestart
Yellow-crowned Whitestart

All is set for the Bexar Audubon-Holbrook Travel trips to Colombia in January/February 2022: Central Andes Jan. 17 - Jan. 25 and Santa Marta Mountains Flyway from Jan. 26 - Feb. 3. Each of the two trips will have a maximum of 8 people, including Patsy & Tom Inglet, so space is limited. We have ONE spot available for the Central Andes Trip and FOUR spots available for the Santa Marta Mountains Trip. To hold your place, click on the link(s) below, fill out the information requested, and pay a deposit of $500 per person. We’d love to have you join us!

Central Andes Flyway Itinerary with Pricing
Santa Marta Mountains Itinerary with Pricing

Click to join the Central Andes Flyway Trip
Click to join the Santa Marta Mountains Trip