Thursday March 1 Program: Snakes!

Snakes You Might Meet While Birding 

Presenter: Gil Martinez, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

Thursday, March 1 ● 7:00 PM San Antonio Zoo Education Center (map below)


All snakes are NOT “copper-headed water rattlers” intent on biting birders. While most snakes are nonvenomous and tend to avoid contact with people when given the chance, they can still give us quite a scare. And a well camou-flaged snake can surprise us at close range and may protect itself if we miss its “Don’t Tread on Me” signs and blunder too close.

The best way to avoid trouble with snakes is to understand their habits and avoid close contact with them. That’s where Gil Martinez of Mitchell Lake Audubon Center comes in. At our March meeting, he will discuss range, habitats and habits of these amazing creatures. Gil is bringing some of his snake collection with him to the meeting, but the snakes will NOT be in the meeting room.

Gil has a degree in Biology from the University of Texas Pan-American (now UT Rio Grande Valley), with an emphasis in herpetology. He is a native Texan who spends most of his spare time in the south Texas thornscrub chasing after indigo snakes and western diamondbacks. He has worked for the USFWS as a park ranger, as an environmental scientist working with oil and gas companies, and has been with Audubon for the past 3 years.


BAS Board for 2018–Please Vote!

logo of Bexar Audubon Society

2018 Board & Officer Elections

We are pleased to place before you our slate of officers for 2018.

President:  Anne Parrish

Vice President:  Patsy Inglet

Secretary:  Coco Brennan

Treasurer:  Fred Loxsom

At large Directors:  Caryl Swann, Greg Pasztor

Please email your vote to: by Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Am I eligible to vote?

Yes, if  you are a member of National Audubon Society living in the regional counties of Bexar, Kendal, Comal, Atascosa, & Wilson Counties.

Yes, if  you are a member of the Bexar Audubon Society.

Yes, if  you are a member of Mitchell Lake Audubon Society.

Thank you for your continued support!

Great Backyard Bird Count

February 16-19, 2018

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.  READ MORE.

Stop Industries from Getting a Free Pass to Kill Birds

This year, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), our most important bird protection law is under attack. Legislation in Congress (HR 4239), and a new interpretation of the law by the administration, would end the ability to hold industries accountable for bird deaths.

These proposals would prevent enforcement of “incidental” bird deaths, removing incentives for companies to adopt practices that protect birds from threats such as oil waste pits, and eliminating penalties for companies that kill substantial numbers of birds, including from large oil spills.

Urge your members of Congress and the Department of the Interior to uphold the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  Click on the following link to sign the National Audubon Society’s Petition to Congress:

Please call your Senator or Representative and let them know this matters to you.

February 1 Audubon Program

Thursday, February 1 ● 7:00 PM San Antonio Zoo Education Center 

The Pantanal of Brazil 

Presenter: Kathy Adams Clark 

Join Kathy Adams Clark as she takes you on a journey into the Pantanal. See images of Pantanal’s amazing wildlife, including jaguars, caiman, giant river otter, Amazon Kingfisher, Black-collared Hawk, and Jabiru stork. The Pantanal is said to be the largest wetland in the world. Located in western Brazil on the border of Bolivia and Paraguay, the Pantanal was once an inaccessible area with limited tourism. Birdwatchers, photographers and eco-tourists flock to the area today thanks to the Transpantanal Highway and several eco-lodges.

Kathy has been a professional nature photographer since 1995, and she runs the stock agency KAC Productions that represents the work of 15 photographers. Her photos appear every week in the “Nature” column in the Houston Chronicle written by her husband, Gary Clark. Kathy and Gary have published 10 books and have one more in the works.


February 2 & 3: San Antonio Zoo Community Meeting Room

SAAS and BAS are excited to announce that Kathy Adams Clark, speaker for our meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1, will conduct two Photography Workshops on Feb. 2 & 3. Participants do NOT have to be SAAS or BAS members to attend these workshops! 

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY Friday, Feb. 2 1:00 to 4:00 PM (3 hours) 

$50/person Minimum 6, Maximum 20 

Birds can be a challenge to photograph. Yet birds are everywhere from the backyard to foreign locations so they are a ready subject for photographers. Join Kathy Adams Clark for this indoor workshop to learn how to take better photographs of birds from a photographer’s point-of-view. Camera features and options will be dis-cussed along with composition, color harmony and sto-rytelling. Lenses, flash and camera supports will also be discussed. People with all types of cameras will find this workshop helpful.

Registration is on Kathy’s website by credit card or PayPal. There is no Promo Code; be sure to check the box that affirms “I am not a robot.”

To register for Feb. 2, click here


Saturday, Feb. 3 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (6 hours) 

$75/person Minimum 6, Maximum 20

Learn the basics of photography begin-ning with metering, aperture, shutter speed and ISO. We’ll spend time learning about com-position, color har-mony, equipment flash and gadgets. This class is designed for DSLR, mirrorless and hybrid cameras. People with small point-and-shoot cameras are welcome to attend, but some items might not apply to those cameras.

Please bring your coffee, snacks, water and lunch to this all-day workshop.

To register for Feb. 3, click here:

Registration is on Kathy’s website by credit card or PayPal. There is no Promo Code; be sure to check the box that affirms “I am not a robot.”

The SA Zoo Community Room is in the Donkey Barn office building. Here’s a link to a map of the location.

To get to the parking lot you turn onto Brackenridge Rd. from Hildebrand and take the first right, then an immediate second right into the parking lot. The Com-munity Room is on the side of the Donkey Barn build-ing nearest Brackenridge Rd.

Kathy will supply all workshop materials with the ex-ception of your camera. All workshop activities will be presented in a classroom setting.

We anticipate that these workshops will fill up quickly, so don’t delay if you want to attend.

Questions? Contact Patsy Inglet for info:( Hope to see you there!