Bexar Audubon Society Outreach
In addition to the outings planned by Bexar Audubon Society in San Antonio, we also enjoy promoting, attending, and providing volunteer support for birding festivals and special events outside of our immediate area. Check back often to learn more about upcoming events.
Bexar Audubon Society Invites Local Birders to Share Birding Hotspots
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS—Most years, Spring’s arrival puts one thought at the forefront of birders’ minds: Migration! South Central Texas and the Texas Hill Country are in the Central Flyway for migratory birds flying north for spring and summer breeding. While the world’s thoughts this Spring turn to social isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, colorful warblers, bright red tanagers, orange orioles, and other avian gems will still be migrating through and can be enjoyed locally, even in your own backyard and neighborhood parks.
Bexar Audubon Society (BAS) in San Antonio asks local birders to share their favorite birding hotspots and migrant “traps” with BAS members. Bexar Audubon Society is the San Antonio area chapter of the National Audubon Society. While BAS is based in the Alamo City, the nonprofit organization is officially the local National Audubon Society chapter for several other counties as well: Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, and Wilson. BAS welcomes members from these counties to become involved with the chapter as BAS expands outreach into the counties surrounding Bexar.
“The next few weeks will be exciting for birders as the migratory species fly through,” said Patsy Inglet, Bexar Audubon Society President. “We can expect migrant activity to continue until about mid-May. We would love to arrange field trips to counties outside of Bexar once the COVID-19 outbreak has passed and would certainly enjoy having local birders serve as guides and leaders for us. Help us explore your area.”
Northern Parula photo by Lora Render. The Northern Parula is only 4 ½” long and is a member of the warbler family. Its breeding grounds are in humid forests where it nests in Spanish moss or Usnea lichen hanging from trees. The male Northern Parula is blue-gray on its back, has yellow on the throat, black and rust chest bands, white wing bars, and pale eye crescents.
Watch the "Introduction to Birdmania" Video
On Saturday, June 13, 2020, Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy presented a Live Virtual Nature Talk. Birding educators Tom and Patsy Inglet (Patsy is president of Bexar Audubon Society) hosted a birding presentation for all ages. Learn the basics of birding and using binoculars to see local birds. Click here to visit the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy website to watch the video and download Tom and Patsy's handouts from the presentation.
BAS Sponsors San Antonio Young Birders Club
Do you like to look at, listen to, and learn about birds?
That makes you a Birder.
Are you between the ages of 8 and 18?
That makes you a Young Birder.
Would you like to improve your birding and leadership skills and have fun outdoors with other people your age who are also interested in birds?
Then join the San Antonio Young Birders Club and become a SAYBC Chickadee!
When we are permitted to gather in groups again, we'll meet once a month between September and June at a variety of great birding spots in and near San Antonio.
Membership in the SAYBC is free, and we have binoculars and bird guidebooks to loan.
If you are interested, please contact Flock Leaders Tom and Patsy Inglet: PresBAS@bexaraudubon.org. Read more on the group's Facebook page.
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
Currently, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center is closed until at least September 4. Check the MLAC website to see when birding tours and other activities will resume. Online presentations are scheduled, so please see their calendar to register.