Outreach

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.

Sign Up Now for the Great Texas Birding Classic!

Gather your friends, family, fellow bird or nature club members, and colleagues to join your team for the once-in-a-lifetime Fall Birding Classic!

Registration deadline: September 14, 2020
Tournament Dates: October 1-31, 2020 (your choice of day)

Novice birders, expert listers and everyone in between are welcome! There are many categories to choose from based on your birding ability and region of the state. There are half day or full day tournaments and categories with team members scattered across the state or region as well as categories for teams of people who have been quarantining together. There's something for everyone! Read more.


 

Mitchell Lake is featured in the September issue of the new San Antonio lifestyle magazine, Live from the Southside. Click here to learn more.

 

 

 


 

Native Landscape For Birds: Companion Class For Native Landscape Certification Program

September 26, 2020
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Native Landscape for Birds Class Details

Native Landscape for Birds Registration

The day-long class from the Native Plant Society of Texas will include live Zoom presentations and a narrated, virtual plant walk to help in identification.

  • Learn about the importance of birds and Texas’ role in bird migration.
  • Understand the relationship between birds and native plants.
  • Identify threats to birds and steps to reduce them.
  • Discover 40 native Texas plants for attracting birds to your landscape.
  • Texas Nursery and Landscape Association (TNLA): 6 CEUs
  • Texas Master Naturalist or Master Gardeners: 7 hours Advanced Training credit

 

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.

Junior Team Young Birders Patsy
Senior Team in Action Young Birders

Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
Birding Tours

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.

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