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.

Kenn Kaufman is Guest Speaker for Virtual
Wings & Wetlands Festival 

March 24 to 26, 2021| $20 | Online

Through a series of Zoom classes, leading experts on birds, wetlands, and conservation messages and resources will enhance your next wetland visit. Featured presenters include Kenn Kaufman (field guide author, naturalist, and artist), Alvaro Jaramillo (biologist, conservationist, guide), Sharon “The Bird Chick” Stiteler (birder, speaker, author), and others. Presentation topics will include the link of Kansas wetlands to bird migrations, the psychology of birding, humorous birding stories, bird identification, Kansas wetlands, Kansas raptors, and SmartPhone birding.

Proceeds from the Wings & Wetlands Festival will benefit conservation efforts at Cheyenne Bottoms Refuge and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas. Read more and register here.


Children's Programs from
Cibolo Center for Conservation

Cibolo Center for Conservation (CCC) has created new multi-week programs starting in February for homeschool families, digital learners, parents with small children, people who want to get outside, and small groups. CCC offers outdoor, socially distanced opportunities to supplement your child’s at-home learning this semester with TEKS-based lessons.  Find the educational offering that’s right for your family.

Farm to Market Garden Adventures

Nature Explorers Science Adventures

Little Explorers Adventures

To register or for more information, please contact nature@cibolo.org or call (830) 249-4616, If you have questions, please email Laurie Brown at laurie@cibolo.org.


 

Native Plant Society Spring Classes

The Native Plant Society of Texas has announced their new Native Landscape Certification Program schedule. Classes are specific to the area in which they are taught, so it's best to choose classes that are hosted in the areas where you will be landscaping.

Boerne (Two-part class)
Level 3: This is a two-part class and the plant walk is in-person. Socially distanced.
Part 1 - Online Presentations: Saturday, May 1, 8:45 AM - 2:45 PM
Part 2 - In-Person Plant Walk at Cibolo Nature Center: Monday, May 3, 9 AM - 4 PM
Click here for details and here to register.

Fredericksburg
Level 3: Online Class
Saturday, March 6,  9 AM - 4 PM
Click here for details and here to register.

Lindheimer (Comal County)
Level 1: Online Class Available on Two Different Dates
Saturday, April 24, 8 AM - 3 PM
Click here for details and here to register.
Saturday, May 8, 8 AM - 3 PM
Click here for details and here to register.

San Antonio
Native Landscapes for Birds: Online Class
Saturday, March 13, 9 AM - 4 PM
Click here for details and here to register.

Level 1: Online Class
Saturday, April 3, 8 AM - 3 PM
Click here for details and here to register.


 

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.

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.

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