Field Trips–Join us!

Panther Canyon Nature Hike in Landa Park, New Braunfels

Sunday, July 14, 8am

Panther Canyon in New Braunfels
The shady trail through Panther Canyon.

Join us for a birding and nature hike followed by a picnic lunch at Hinman Island Park. Bring water and lunch, plus your swimsuit if you’re up for a swim in the Comal River. RSVP to Patty at

Panther Canyon Trail begins near the headwaters of the Comal Springs which are fed by waters of the Edwards Aquifer emerging within the Balcones fault zone. The trail ascends the Balcones Escarpment into the Edwards Plateau under the shade of oaks, Ashe juniper, cedar elm and under-story trees including Mexican buckeye, kidneywood and Texas persimmon. 

The trail crosses a dry creek bed of an ephemeral stream that only flows during or immediately after a rain. The trail covers over 49 acres and is home to many native plants and wildlife. The gently sloping pedestrian trail leads visitors approximately eight-tenths of a mile through the Balcones Escarpment. Hikers should allow at least 1.5 hours for the 1.6 mile round trip hike. 

Purple Martin Party in the Austin Area

Time, Date & Place TBD!

Purple Martin

Watch the “hurricane of birds” as hundreds of thousands of Purple Martins soar in the sky each evening before roosting for the night. Their roosting location has not yet been found this year, but we’re keeping on an eye on the Travis Audubon websitefor details. Last year, the birds roosted in trees near a Round Rock shopping center and viewers estimated they saw 400,000 Purple Martins. We will update the Bexar Audubon website when we know more. Contact Sheri Gee (210/367-1625 or if you’d like to join our caravan to the roosting site.

Evening Nighthawk Viewing

Tuesday, August 13, Time TBD

Bexar Audubon/San Antonio Audubon field trip to watch large groups of Lesser Nighthawks as they gather just before moonrise. Space is limited. Contact Sherie Gee (210/367-1625 or for details and to RSVP.


Thursday, July 11 7:00 PM

San Antonio Zoo Education Center

UTSA Citizen Scientist Projects

Learn how we can assist UTSA researchers in better understanding how our actions affect the birds that visit our yards.

Project 1: Evaluating the potential effects of backyard bird feeding on birds in San Antonio. Presented by Dr. Jen Smith and graduate student Amanda Lamberson.

Project 2: Evaluating the potential effects of anticoagulant rodenticide exposure to raptors in San Antonio. Presented by graduate student Eres Gomez.