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!

Visit our Conservation News page to sign up for Birding with a Purpose Surveys at local ranches in October and November.

Bexar Audubon Outings


South Side Lions Park | 4660 Pecan Valley Dr, San Antonio, TX 78223


Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Join leader Mariann Golden at the parking lot on the east side of the lake near the trailhead. We will bird the lake first then walk the paved trail in the wooded area.  Finally, we will walk along Salado Creek and return to the lake. We hope to see wintering birds and ducks. Mostly easy walking. Port-a-potty available. Bring water.  Please sign-up here.

Olmos Basin Park | 651 Devine Dr, San Antonio, TX 78209

Thursday, February 22, 2024 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Join leader Mariann Golden at the parking lot near the playground.  We will first walk along the creek and followed by a paved trail. Mostly easy walking.  We will be looking for wintering birds.  Restrooms are available. Bring water and snacks.  Please sign-up here.


Henrick Arnold Nature Park | 8950 Fitzhugh Rd, San Antonio, TX 78252

Saturday, February 24, 2024 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Join leaders Sherie Gee and Jasmine Torrez of San Antonio River Authority at the parking lot.  There is only one entrance gate, and the parking lot is to the left after you enter.  The trail that leads you from the parking lot onto the rest of the trails is a steep gravel path that is a moderate level of difficulty.  Once you clear the short path, the remaining trails consist of mulch, grass and gravel and are an easy level of difficulty.  There are various loops we can walk to make-up the hour and a half hike.  If some in the group are interested in going longer, we can do that as well. There are 2 port-a-potties available that are located in the parking lot. One is ADA accessible; however these two are the only restrooms in the park.  Please sign-up here.

Visit our Conservation News page to sign up for Birding with a Purpose Surveys at local ranches in October and November.


 

eBird Trip Reports Feature is Now Available!

The new eBird Trip Reports feature is an exciting new way to tell your birding story through eBird. eBird Trip Reports bring together your eBird checklists to create a fun summary of where you went and what you found, along with your photos and audio recordings, all in one easy-to-share place. You’ve never seen your eBirding like this before!

 


 

Mitchell Lake Audubon Center Upcoming Events
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center Hours
Hours Hours are October 10 - February 27
Tuesday through Sunday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Last entry is one hour before closing.
Center is closed on major and/or Federal holidays.
Free for Mitchell Lake members, $5 non-members, $3 National Audubon members.

Visit the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center website here.

 


Ten Best Hiking Trails in San Antonio

From the rocky hills of the far north side to the riparian areas near the Spanish Missions on the south side, San Antonio offers a variety of topography to explore while hiking and birding. Check out these recommended trails from the AllTrails.com website.


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.

 

Visit Warbler Woods

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

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.