Texas Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife

Monday, April 1, 2019 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm

The Witte Museum–Memorial Auditorium

3801 Broadway, San Antonio 78209

Please join us for a San Antonio information session about the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. During the meeting, Texas Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will tell us more about the need for, and benefits of this bipartisan legislation, specific benefits to the greater San Antonio area, 2018 Texas successes, and the many ways you can get involved in the months ahead.

Space is limited, please email info@txwildlifealliance.org to RSVP

Bexar Audubon Society Monthly Programs

Thursday, March 7 ● 7:00 PM
San Antonio Zoo Education Center
Hop, Skip, and Jump:
Why Migration Matters

Presenter: Dr. Maureen Frank

Conditions that birds encounter on their spring and fall journeys are critical for population health. The importance of habitats along the migration route is a topic that deserves more consideration in conservation efforts. In this talk, Dr. Maureen Frank will highlight some key features of stopover and staging areas for birds, and share an example based on research from the migratory hotspot of Great Salt Lake. Finally, we’ll discuss migration routes through Central Texas and the role of birders in helping to provide a successful journey.

Thursday, April 4 ● 7:00 PM
San Antonio Zoo Education Center
Mission Reach Avian Study

Presenters: Martin Reid &
Lee Marlowe

The San Antonio River Authority began a multi-year study of the birds within the Mission Reach between 2015 and 2018 to document which species and how many individuals were using the restored habitat. During that period,196 bird species and 62,484 individual birds were recorded. A variety of species indicative of the project’s success have been identified, including range-restricted species, wary species, and habitat specialists.

Notable species recorded include Black-billed Cuckoo, Cassin’s Kingbird, Lazuli Bunting, Hooded Oriole, Sprague’s Pipit, Great Kiskadee, Rufous Hummingbird, Wood Stork, Anhinga, Least Grebe, Sora, and remarkably, a territorial Black-capped Vireo!

About the presenters:
Martin Reid
was born and raised near London, England. In 1986 he had an epiphany with birds and birding that changed his life, causing him to travel widely in search of birds and move to Texas in 1991, his home ever since. Martin has found four new bird species for Texas, five dragonfly species new for the U.S., and two butterfly species new for the U.S.

Lee Marlowe is the Sustainable Landscape Ecologist for the San Antonio River Authority. She is a restoration ecologist with over 19 years of professional experience working in the field of ecological restoration and natural resource management including sustainable landscape practices and applications for improved ecological functions.

Bexar Audubon Society Field Trips

Thursday, March 21, 8:00 AM
Golden-cheeked Warbler Walk
Meet in the parking lot at Friedrich Wilderness Park, 21395 Milsa Drive. Wendy Leonard, Nature Preserve Officer, City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Natural Areas, will lead us. For details and to RSVP, contact Sherie Gee at slgee18@yahoo.com or 210/367-1625.  

Friday, April 19, 8:00 AM
Birding Lost Maples State Natural Area
Leader: Richard Redmond of Bandera, TX. Meet at the park at 8:00 AM or carpool from the San Antonio Park & Ride at I-10 & 1604. A great time for spring migrants! Bring a picnic lunch. For details and sign up, email Patty at outings@bexaraudubon.org or call 210/837-0577.  

Saturday, April 20, 8:00 AM
Government Canyon Dinosaur Footprints Hike

Join leader Fred Loxsom to hike up the Joe Johnson trail into the heart of Government Canyon where we will view the 110 million-year-old dinosaur footprints and explore the geology, plants and birds. Meet at the Backcountry Trailhead (inside the park) by 8:00 AM. You will need to have a Texas State Parks Pass or pay a $6/person entrance fee. 
The park gate opens at 7:00 AM. The hike is about 5.7 miles round-trip and of moderate difficulty.  Bring plenty of water and refreshing snacks, and wear sturdy shoes for hiking on rocky terrain.  The round trip takes between 3 and 5 hours.  We will finish in time for lunch in the picnic area near park headquarters.  Contact Fred to RSVP and for further information at floxsom@trinity.edu or 860-455-3422 (text or call).

Friday, April 26, 8:30 AM
Walk & Bioblitz for City Nature Challenge
Meet at Crownridge Canyon Natural Area, 7222 Luskey Blvd. We’ll take a walk and document what we see in the park (birds, plants, insects and more), contributing to community science for Earth Week. For details and sign up, email outings@bexaraudubon.org or call Sherie at 210/367-1625. 

Monday, April 29, 8:00 AM
Avenue A Bird Walk
Leader: Lora Reynolds. Meet at the parking area on Red Oak just off of Mulberry Avenue in Brackenridge Park. We’ll stroll along the SA River looking for resident and migratory birds (and whatever else we see)! Since this is still Nature Challenge Week, those wishing to may also document plants, insects and more. For questions and to sign up, email outings@bexaraudubon.org or call 210/837-0577.  

Friday, May 17, 8:00 AM
Chaparral Wildlife Management Area
The Chaparral WMA is owned by TPWD and encompasses 15,200 acres of South TX brush country in La Salle and Dimmit Counties near Cotulla, approximately 100 miles southwest of San Antonio. This site manages for diversity of habitat and conducts research on the Texas tortoise, Texas horned lizard and indigo snakes, as well as some game animals. Birds recorded include Greater Roadrunners, Hooded Orioles, Great Horned Owls and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. Carpooling will be an option. For more information, please contact Chris Olstead at chrisolstead@hotmail.com.

Monarch Conservation Workshop

Friday, Feb 22, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Monarch Conservation Workshop
“Train the Trainer”
at the San Antonio Zoo

The National Wildlife Federation is partnering with the Alamo Area Monarch Collaborative to train the next class of Monarch Conservation Advocates.
To bring back the monarchs, and to protect all pollinators, we need to spread the word, to talk to our neighbors, friends, and family about the importance of taking action to
conserve the monarch butterfly! Workshop participants learn biology, ecology, conservation and the basics of monarch habitat creation. You will leave the course with the knowledge and confidence to engage diverse groups to take action on behalf of the monarch butterfly. The fee is $60.00 and includes workshop materials, refreshments and lunch. For more info, contact Rebeca Quiñonez-Piñón at QuinonezPinonR@nwf.org