SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS—Golden-cheeked Warblers and Black-capped Vireos are just two of the bird species bringing 150 members of the Texas Ornithological Society (TOS) to San Antonio May 2-5 for the TOS Spring Meeting. Local hosts Bexar Audubon Society and San Antonio Audubon Society have arranged for their members to take TOS participants on field trips to more than 30 parks, natural areas and other birding hotspots in 11 counties, including Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Gonzalez, Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Medina and Wilson.
In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to hear speakers discuss a variety of topics of interest to birders during presentations at The Hilton Garden Inn at the Rim, 5730 Rim Pass, TOS headquarters for the event. Representatives from organizations such as the San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio Zoo and the University of Texas at San Antonio are scheduled to give presentations. TOS registrants who purchase tickets for the Saturday evening banquet will hear keynote speaker Dr. Bruce M. Beehler, Research Associate, Division of Birds, Smithsonian Institution. His presentation is “North on the Wing: Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring,” which is also the title of his recently published book about his 100-day field trip in 2015 following the spring migration of songbirds from the coast of Southeastern Texas up the Mississippi River and into the boreal forests of northern Ontario.
“Having the TOS Spring Meeting in San Antonio gives the local Audubon societies a great opportunity to show TOS members the wide variety of migratory and resident birds that can be found in this part of Texas,” said Anne Parrish, president of Bexar Audubon Society. “Our location at the confluence of four diverse ecological regions means that birders can find water birds, songbirds, raptors and rare birds such as the Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo that breed in our area. San Antonio also offers TOS attendees an abundance of retail stores, restaurants, historical sites and other attractions that they can visit during their stay.” TOS was founded in 1953 as a nonprofit organization. TOS is committed to promoting the discovery and dissemination of knowledge and understanding of birds and encouraging the observation, study, and conservation of birds in Texas. Learn more at texasbirds.org.
The public is invited to attend any of the following free presentations at The Hilton Garden Inn at the Rim during the TOS meeting. Additional information about the presentations is on the TOS website: http://texasbirds.org/documents/springMeetingInformation2019.pdf
Thursday, May 2
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Speaker: Jon Zeitler, Science & Operations officer, National Weather Service, New Braunfels
Title: Phenology and Climate Change: Canaries and Canards
Friday, May 3
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Speaker: Josef San Miguel, Director Aviculture, San Antonio Zoo
Title: Bird Conservation at the San Antonio Zoo
5:00 – 5:45 PM
Speakers: Dr. Jennifer Smith, Amanda M. Lamberson and Eres Gomez of UTSA
Title: A multi-step approach to evaluate the potential effects of backyard bird feeding on birds in San Antonio, Texas
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Speaker: Rufus Stephens, Bird Habitat Consultant
Title: Taking your Love of Birds to that Next Level!
Saturday, May 4
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Speaker: Lee Marlowe, San Antonio River Authority
Title: Restoring Life to the San Antonio River