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

If a walk you'd like to attend is full, please email Sherie (outings@bexaraudubon.org) and ask to be placed on a waiting list.


Bird Walk at Stone Oak Park, 20395 Stone Oak Pkwy
Monday | November 28 | 8:00 AM
Leader: Lora Reynolds (210/414-0792)
Description: We'll meet in the parking lot of the park on the north side of Stone Oak Parkway and look for winter birds. Walk is limited to 15. Bring water. Find the parking lot location on this map. To attend, you must sign up for the walk here.

Canyon Lake Birding and Guided Tour of Canyon Lake Gorge
Sunday | December 11 | 8:00 AM for Birding | 11:30 AM for Gorge Tour | 1:30 PM for Lunch
Description: Birds, Geology, and LUNCH: a perfect Sunday morning in December!

Come explore the birding trails at Canyon Lake Dam and Guadalupe River Trail (eBird HOTE 073), hike Canyon Lake Gorge with a guide, and stay for lunch. We are limiting the outing to 15 people.

Birding from 8:00 to 10:30 or so will be led by local birders who know the area and the local birds. We will provide details about where to meet once everyone has signed up. Bring water and a hiking stick if you have one.

Canyon Lake Gorge was created by the Guadalupe River flood in 2002. Our guided tour starts at 11:30 AM and will take 90 minutes. For more information about the Canyon Lake Gorge, visit this website. Watch a short video about Canyon Lake Gorge HERE.

After the tour, the group will have lunch at Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Grill just down the road from Canyon Lake Gorge. Staying for lunch is optional; everyone will pay their own check. Check out the menu HERE.

The gorge tour cost is $16.75 per person, so please purchase your ticket here.  Then, you must also sign up for the bird walk and gorge tour here and please indicate on the sign-up sheet whether you will stay for lunch at the nearby Wildflour Artisan Bakery and Grill so we can make reservations.

Bird Walk at Phil Hardberger Park West/8400 NW Military Highway
Tuesday | December 27 | 8:00 AM
Leader: Lora Reynolds (210/414-0792)
Description: Winter sparrows may be hiding in the park's savanna and around the Wildscape Demonstration Garden, so we'll see how many we can find. Meet in the parking lot by the Urban Ecology Center on the NW Military Highway side of the park (NOT near the playground or dog park).  Bring water. The walk is limited to 15. Please sign up here.


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!

 


 

 

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.