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

Masking protocols below are required regardless of vaccination status, so be sure to bring a mask (N95 or equivalent preferred) with you.

    • Masking is optional for socially distanced situations outdoors
    • Masking is required if social distancing is not possible such as when carpooling or on any indoor segment

Hornsby Bend with Travis Audubon

Tuesday, September 6 | 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Greater Yellowlegs by Lora Reynolds

Celebrate World Shorebirds Day at Hornsby Bend, Austin’s premier birding site and excellent location to view long-distance shorebird migrants. Although peak shorebird migration will have passed, there may be some surprises that drop in. Past early-September records include Ruddy Turnstone, Black–bellied Plover and Red Knot.

This field trip is a partnership between Travis and Bexar Audubon. Meet fellow birders and explore new birding spots!

This trip is free, but limited to 12 spots per Audubon chapter. Bexar Audubon registrants are expected to carpool, if possible – more details will be emailed prior to the trip date.

Click here to register. You don't need a Travis Audubon account to sign up for this outing. Just close the log-in box that pops when you go to the registration page.

Please email Caley Zuzula, Travis Audubon Program Manager, at caley@travisaudubon.org if you have questions.

 


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!

 


 

Travis Audubon
Purple Martin Party in August

Saturday, August 6, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Austin | Capital Plaza
(currently roosting in trees near Target)

Free to attend, no registration required

Travis Audubon will be hosting their final Purple Martin Party of the year on August 6, when people will congregate to watch thousands of Purple Martins “swirl” into their roosting site at sunset. Birders and non-birders alike will be entertained by the show, so bring your family, friends, and neighbors for an evening of fun in an Austin-area parking lot. Click here for updates.


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.