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 not planning group outings and birding field trips now, but please go out individually to listen and look at the birds—they are totally unaffected by our concerns. And you never know what you'll see in your own backyard or area parks! We do know of one in-person birding event scheduled for next spring. Click on the Birding the Border logo below for details.
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center and Bexar Audubon Society Present:
Migratory Bird Fest
March 12-31, 2021
This three-week event will consist of virtual workshops, guest lectures, virtual bird tours, contests, and birding competition. Registration begins February 15. Click here for details.
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 During 2021 City Nature Challenge
San Antonio will be one of 166 cities around the world competing April 30 to May 3 to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the 2021 City Nature Challenge. All you need is a camera or cellphone with a camera, an iNaturalist account, and the iNat app installed on your phone.
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. Register to attend our iNat presentation by Craig Hensley of TPWD on February 11 at 10:00 AM.
Come with us to Colombia in 2022!
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!