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 Outings

Masks are OPTIONAL for people fully vaccinated and RECOMMENDED for those not fully vaccinated.


 

Sunday, February 13, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Whooping Cranes at Goose Island
We will be meeting at The Big Tree near Rockport Texas, 1622 12th Street. Patsy and Tom Inglet will be our bird guides. Sign up here.  The bird walk is limited to 15 people.

If you have questions or need to cancel after signing up, please contact Sherie Gee (Outings@bexaraudubon.org).

More details will follow for those who sign up.


Monday, February 21, 8:00 – 10:00 AM
Bird Walk at Stone Oak Park led by Lora Reynolds. Meet in the parking lot of the park on the north side of Stone Oak Parkway. Park address is 20395 Stone Oak Parkway.

Sign up here.  The bird walk is limited to 15 people. If you have questions or need to cancel after signing up, please contact Sherie Gee (Outings@bexaraudubon.org).


Tuesday, March 1, 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Ethnobotany Walk at San Antonio Botanical Garden
led by Maeve Bassett. Meet at the front entrance near ticket kiosk. Entrance fee will be waived. The walk is limited to 15 people. Sign up here. If you have questions or need to cancel after signing up, contact Sherie Gee (Outings@bexaraudubon.org).


Sunday, March 13, 9:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Spring Lake in San Marcos Field Trip at the Meadows Center, 201 San Marcos Springs Drive

Enjoy a guided tour through a wetland ecosystem on a boardwalk and explore the many underwater artesian springs from the Edwards Aquifer while riding in a glass bottom boat.  We will then do a bird walk on the trails at Spring Lake Preserve.

Both tours cost a total of $8.50 for people 62 and over, $10.50 for adults, and $7.00 for children. There is also a $3.00 parking fee paid at a kiosk which accepts only credit cards, so try to carpool. This field trip is limited to 20 people.  More details will be available to those who sign up here. If you have questions or need to cancel after signing up, contact Sherie Gee (Outings@bexaraudubon.org).

The Meadows Center recommends that everyone, vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear face coverings while indoors. Face coverings are encouraged in outdoor settings where social distancing is not possible.

 


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!

 


 

Kirchoff Prairie Fall Bird Survey

A great group of BAS members met at the Kirchoff Prairie near Floresville on October 23 for a bird survey.  The group counted 46 species and 490 individual birds. Overall, Kirchoff Prairie's bird list has 128 species to date. Thanks to all who participated!


 

Visit Warbler Woods

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

 


Sign Up for Wilson County Bird Surveys with BAS

Don Kirchoff of Kirchoff Prairie Restoration wants to conduct two BirdBioblitz surveys on his property in Wilson County in the first six months of 2022:
Saturday, February 12, 7:45 AM to Noon
Sunday, April 24, 7:45 AM to Noon

The 200-acres site has been divided into 4 sections. Experienced surveyors and inexperienced surveyors who are learning so they can take over this job will be assigned to each section. We will survey for two hours, collect the data in eBird, and share our checklists with KirchoffPRS.

Please SAVE THESE DATES. If you are interested and/or know another birder who might be interested in birding this beautiful prairie property in Wilson County, invite them to come, too.

Please contact Bexar Audubon Education-Engagement Chair Patsy Inglet for questions and to volunteer your time: engagement@bexaraudubon.org

Dress for the field and the weather, bring your binoculars and water, and come on out for great birding and to help this great landowner to monitor the habitat conservation work effectiveness by using the birds as indicators. Light lunch and snacks provided.

Directions to Kirchoff Prairie Restoration Site (the drive is a little over 1 hour from central San Antonio). Google maps will take you to the gate. Come through and park where directed. Call 210/867-7507 if you need further instructions.


Join The Great Backyard Bird Count
February 18-21, 2022

Each February, for four days, the world comes together for the love of birds. Over these four days we invite people to spend time in their favorite places watching and counting as many birds as they can find and reporting them to us through eBird. These observations help scientists better understand global bird populations before one of their annual migrations. Learn more.


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.