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.

Choosing Bird-friendly Plants

Click here to read Seth Patterson's informative article about landscaping for birds. Seth is a conservation consultant for San Antonio Water System.


Learn More About Birdability

Through education, outreach, and advocacy, Birdability works to ensure the birding community and the outdoors are welcoming, inclusive, safe, and accessible for everybody. The organization focuses on people with mobility challenges; blindness or low vision; chronic illness; intellectual or developmental disabilities; mental illness; and those who are neurodivergent, deaf, or hard of hearing or who have other health concerns. In addition to current birders, the group strives to introduce birding to people with disabilities and other health concerns who are not yet birders so they, too, can experience the joys of birding. Read more.


 

Help Needed for Black-capped Vireo Surveys

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and TPWD are asking citizen scientists to help monitor Black-capped Vireos from April 10 to July 1 at Inks Lake State Park and Lost Maples State Natural Area. Click here for all the details.


Native Plant Society Videos to View at Your Leisure

Learn about legends and lore of Texas native wildflowers and trees, find out how to create a backyard butterfly buffet, and more. The Native Plant Society of Texas has made several videos available here.


 

Informative Bird Banding Video from
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

Bird bander and TPWD and Texas Nature Trackers naturalist Craig Hensley and his team spent a glorious morning banding birds at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center. Watch the video here for an intro to bird banding, including a look at their specialized equipment, and a fantastic up close view of some of the birds banded that morning. Forward the video to 7:42 for the start to finish banding of a beautiful male Northern Cardinal. Other birds in the video are a Loggerhead Shrike, Lincoln's Sparrow, Black-crested Titmouse, Hermit Thrush, and an Eastern Phoebe.


 

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: bexaraudubonsociety@bexaraudubon.org.

Senior Team in Action Young Birders

How to Address Nature-Deficit Disorder
in Your Children

By Jenny Miller, STOPNDD.org

Each year, it seems like play shifts further from traditional toys to electronic devices. While there are plenty of educational games for kids on these devices, nothing quite compares to getting outside for some good old-fashioned fun. Not only does exposure to nature help kids get more active, but it also encourages creativity, socialization, and a lifelong respect for the natural world. Find some great ideas for fighting the disconnection from nature below.

Teaching Kids about the Importance of Nature at Home
Since children are drawn to technology, getting them to set aside the devices for a while and head outside is important. Here’s some important info regarding kids and nature.

9 Great Outdoor Learning Activities for Springtime

13 Best Nature Documentaries for Kids

Home Science: Backyard Conservation Lessons

Nature Journaling with Children — Keep it Easy, Fun, and Simple

Exciting Outdoor Adventures for Kids
Now that you understand the importance of spending time in nature, what’s next? Discuss outdoor activities with your child and see what they’re into. If you’re stumped for ideas, the following resources can help steer you in the right direction.

Fun Sports Activities and Games for Kids

10 Really Cool Outdoor Adventures with Kids

4 Tips When Mountain Biking with Your Child

Genius Hacks to Make Camping with Kids Fun and Stress-Free

How to Safely Observe Wildlife from Your Home

Ways to Give Back While Spending Time Outside
What’s better than spending time in nature? Helping people and the environment while you’re at it! The following resources can help you find ways to give back while enjoying nature.

How to Plan a Community Cleanup

Community Cleanup - Keep Austin Beautiful

Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup

You Can Be a River Hero: Take Part in a Cleanup

When given the opportunity, kids will love spending more time outside. There are endless ways to have fun as a family, whether you’re having an adventure or learning something new. Outdoor time can also become more meaningful by finding ways to give back to the community.

Photo credit: Pexels

Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
Birding Tours

Mitchell Lake Audubon Center is now open! Check the MLAC website for instructions on reserving a ticket for entry. Online presentations are also scheduled, so please see their calendar to register.

For updates and a daily dose of nature, follow these social media sites:
Facebook.com/mitchelllakeaudubon
Twitter.com/MLAudubonCenter
Instagram @mitchelllakeauduboncenter
National Audubon Society