SAVE THE DATE! SATURDAY, SEPT. 14 BIRDS & BRUNCH AT MITCHELL LAKE


Everyone is welcome to join us at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center for our annual Bexar Audubon Society gathering. We will have check-in and coffee starting at 7:30 AM. Bird walks will begin at 8:00 AM, followed by brunch and then we’ll have a short business meeting. Jessica Wolanski from the San Antonio Zoo will give a brief presentation about her trip to Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine, which BAS sponsored. For questions, email Anne or 210/862-7777.

SEPTEMBER MONTHLY MEETING

Thursday, September 5 ● 7:00 PM San Antonio Zoo Education Center

Penguins at SeaWorld San Antonio:
Social, Piscivorous, and Tuxedo Clad

By Lloyd R. Tyndall, SeaWorld San Antonio

Discover what it is like to work with and care for the amazing penguins at SeaWorld San Antonio.  Lloyd Tyndall, aviculturist and penguin care expert, will talk about the species of penguins at the water park and the daily care of a large diverse colony ranging from chicks to adults.

Lloyd’s talk will also highlight working with the birds from using embryonic ectoderm development (EED) to feeding, nesting season and guest interaction tours with the penguins, and, last but not least, play time with the penguins!

THURSDAY, OCT. 3, 2019 AUDUBON ANNUAL DINNER

SAN ANTONIO ZOO BEASTRO 5:00 TO 9:00 PM

Our Bexar Audubon and San Antonio Audubon Annual Dinner speaker will be West Virginia-based author and conservationist Katie Fallon, co-founder of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, a nonprofit research, education and rehabilitation center for injured birds. Katie is a member of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators and has glove-trained a wide variety of raptor species.

Katie Fallon will speak about Turkey Vultures, one of her favorite birds and a species she profiled in her book Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird, which will be available for sale ($20 cash or check) and signing after the program.

Tickets are $35 per person for dinner and the program. Buy your tickets at the September 5 meeting or by mail. Your check must be received by Sept. 27.

Mail checks to: San Antonio Audubon Society, 5150 Broadway, #257, San Antonio, TX 78209. Make checks payable to SAAS ($35/person) and include your choice of entrée (Meat Lasagna or Vegetarian/Zucchini Lasagna or Gluten-free Ratatouille) and your email address so you can receive admission instructions the week of the dinner. Please include the names of all those attending. GUESTS ARE WELCOME!

The dinner menu includes:

· Choice of: Meat Lasagna or Zucchini Lasagna (Vegetarian) or Ratatouille (Gluten-free)

· Italian Green Beans

· Caesar Salad

· Texas Toast Garlic Bread

· Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

· Bowl of Mixed fruit (pineapple, strawberries, and grapes)

· Fresh Brewed Iced Tea and Water

Cash Bar from 5:00 to 7:30 PM includes:

Conserveza (Freetail Beer supporting Zoo Conservation initiatives), light beer, red and white wine, margaritas

Field Trips–Join us!

Monday, September 9, 8:00 AM
Bird Walk at Cathedral Park
Lora Reynolds will lead a walk around this 19-acre private park in Alamo Heights, the grounds of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. The staff will open the gate to the back area of the property for us. The address is 111 Torcido Drive, SAT 78209 (very close to Central Market). Please RSVP to: reynoldswrite@sbcglobal.net or call 210/414-0792.

Friday, September 27, 8:00 AM
James Kiehl Riverbend Park and Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area
Craig Hensley, Naturalist and Educator for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will lead us on a birding/nature walk at these two Kendall County Parks. Meet at James Kiehl (118 Riverbend Rd., Comfort, TX 78013) at 8 AM. After exploring this park, we’ll head to Kreutzburg Canyon near Boerne. Bring water and a sack lunch. Carpooling from San Antonio and Boerne will be an option. For sign up and more details, contact Sherie Gee at slgee18@yahoo.com or 210/367-1625. For info on the county parks, click here.

Tuesday, October 8, 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
iNaturalist Class and Pollinator BioBlitz at the San Antonio Botanical Garden
Craig Hensley, Naturalist and Texas Nature Trackers Biologist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will provide classroom instruction on iNaturalist with info on Nature Trackers, followed by experience in the field using the iNat app to identify and document butterflies and other pollinators in the garden. Learn iNat and contribute to citizen science! 555 Funston Place, San Antonio, TX 78209. Class size limited. RSVP and $10 deposit required. Register online at sabot.org. For questions, contact Gary Poole at conservationcoordinator@sabot.org or 210/536-1424. Class co-sponsored by San Antonio Water System and Bexar Audubon Society. You will receive instructions about downloading the iNat app prior to the class.

October 14 and October 17
San Antonio Butterfly Counts for North American Butterfly Association (NABA)
Join us to survey and count butterfly species at different locations around San Antonio. No experience necessary. Learn about butterflies and help us contribute to citizen science! 
Monday, October 14, 8:45 AM: Meet at Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center, 8400 NW Military Hwy. Some of the group will go to Eisenhower Park, Friedrich Wilderness Park or Crownridge Canyon Natural Area. 
Thursday, October 17, 8:45 AM:
Meet at San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. A group will also meet at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center.  
To Sign Up: Contact Patty Pasztor at agarita@me.com or 210/837-0577.  

Friday, October 18, 9:00 AM
” Bike & Bird” on the Mission Reach
Join us for a morning bike riding adventure along the San Antonio River! We’ll meet at Mission San Jose and pedal to Mission San Juan and then Mission Espada. We’ll picnic at San Jose upon return. There are plenty of birding opportunities on the trail! Plan to use one of the SWell Cycle bikes for rent at the mission ($12.99/day) or bring your own! This will be a fun and leisurely ride totaling 8 miles. For RSVP and details, contact leader Fred Loxsom at floxsom@trinity.edu or 860/455-3422.  

Sunday, November 3, 8:00 AM 
Bird/Nature Walk at Cibolo Nature Center, Boerne
Leaders:  Angel Poe and Patty Pasztor.  Enjoy a leisurely walk through the varied habitats of prairie, marsh, creekside and woodlands. 140 City Park Rd. Boerne, TX  78006.  Meet in the parking lot area. For questions and RSVP, email agarita@me.com or call 210/837-0577. Don’t forget about Daylight Savings Time ending that morning–make sure you set your clocks back one hour. Don’t forget about Daylight Savings Time ending that morning–make sure you set your clocks back one hour.