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Oct. 16 6:30 pm Bexar Audubon Society Program: Peregrine! with TPWD Wildlife Biologist Matt Reidy. Join us as Texas Parks & Wildlife Biologist and Falconer Matt Reidy shares his knowledge of this awesome aerialist and hunter of the sky. Learn the peregrine’s natural history, adaptations for survival, why this species was threatened, conservation efforts for its recovery, and hope for the future. Matt will also discuss falconry (& might bring a peregrine to the meeting!) Free & Open to the public.6:30pm at TriPoint (corner of 281 & N. St. Mary's, click for map)
Oct. 16 8:30 am to 2:00 pm Hill Country Agri-Land Workshop, FREE and open to the public. It will be held at the Kronkosky Place (Rainbow Center) at 17 Old San Antonio Road, Boerne. All interested Farmers, Ranchers, Landowners, and the general public from the Hill Country and surrounding areas are invited to attend. Multiple topics will be presented covering Range/Brush Management, USDA 2014 Farm Bill Updates, Farm Loan Programs, Technical Assistance for Agricultural Producers, Financial Records Keeping and a wonderful Backyard Basics program. A free lunch will be provided along with 2 CEUs to private applicator holders and there are also free Door Prizes! RSVP required. Please call the Kendall County Agrilife Extension Office at 830-249-9343 to pre-register. Visit www.alamorcd.org for copy of agenda.
Oct. 18 9a-4p Hoot & Harvest Festival Mitchell Lake Audubon Center. The 10th Annual Hoot & Harvest Festival is a FREE community event that features a day of fun-filled and family-friendly activities that will entertain, engage, and educate everyone about the wondrous world of nature. Join us for hayride tours, local art & craft exhibits, native plant sale, LIVE bird presentations, butterfly walks in the garden, nature & conservation exhibits, games & crafts for kids, and more! mitchelllake.audubon.org
October 19th 3-8 pm Common Ground: A gathering of local organizations working towards more sustainable practices for healthier people, communities and planet. Organizations, individuals, and meetup groups working towards sustainability in San Antonio whether it be through local food, environmental activism, sustainable agriculture, community building, protecting native wildlife and habitat, sustainable technology, etc together in one space for networking, outreach, and fellowship. Free & Open to the public. Eco-Centro, 1802 N. Main (across from San Antonio College main building).
Oct. 22 6:30pm Alamo Sierra Club: Introduction to Native Plants of Bexar County The Native Texas Plant Society's John Nikolatos and Joan Miller will discuss growing native plants to conserve water. John will give an introduction and Joan will present ten native plants recommended for San Antonio.. Lion's Field, 2809 Broadway at Mulberry. Free & Open to the Public. Bus routes 9, 10, & 14.
Oct. 28 Deadline for San Antonio/Bexar Audubon Annual Dinner reservations. See Home page for details.
Oct. 28, 6:30pm: Native Plant Society: Butterfiles-Beauty-Botany-Biodiversity. David Davidson will tie butterflies to the native plants on his property and talk about how he uses butterflies as botanists. He hopes to heighten awareness of why insects in general, but butterflies in particular, can be used as indicators of biodiversity. He will pick out a few species, show photos, give some information about their interaction with plants, or with a specific plant in some cases, discuss what makes a butterfly a butterfly and not a moth, and give a little history of each butterfly species. He will also describe metamorphosis in butterflies. He and his wife, Patricia, have been restoring their Kendall County property, now a preserve, since 1996. 6:30 pm – Native plant/seed exchange & social time 7:00 pm – Program Lions Field Adult Center 2809 Broadway (at Mulberry, by Brackenridge Park) Map to Lions Field Adult Center: http://tinyurl.com/LionsField-SA
Nov. 15 8-10am Birding by Ear Mitchell Lake Audubon Center. Back by popular demand, come and join Jason "the Birdnerd" St. Sauver for a fun-filled morning listening and learning from the birds. Jason will lead both instruction and a bird walk that will help birders of all levels add to their skills by learning to recognize many bird songs, chips, and calls. Trained in the forests of New England, St. Sauver will help train your ears to hear and differentiate between many of the native Texas birds species as well as wintering and migratory species in a fun and informal setting. Fees: $15/participant, $10/MLAC Members Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 210- 628-1639
Nov. 18 6:30pm Sierra Club Program: Solar Update Lanny Sinkin, Executive Director of Solar San Antonio, will give an update on progress made in solar energy, particularly new programs soon to be available for distributed solar energy. Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway Free and Open to the Public. Parking in garage at Tuleta and Ave B Bus Routes #9, 10, or 14 Note: New entrance to Witte is on Tuleta (south side of museum). Enter meeting room through south facing double doors off the courtyard. Museum staff will direct you.
Nov. 20 6:30pm Bexar Audubon Society Program: Birds in Texas: Unique Challenges in the City. Presenter-Jessica Alderson, Texas Parks & Wildlife Urban Biologist. Urban areas provide food, water and shelter for a variety of wildlife including birds. Texas is a major flyway for many migratory birds and is home to over 600 bird species. This presentation will provide information about the unique challenges citizens, city staff and wildlife biologists may face when dealing with bird populations in the city. Free & Open to the public.6:30pm at TriPoint (corner of 281 & N. St. Mary's, click for map)
Dec. 6 & Dec. 13 10am - 6pm December Duck Days! at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center. Two Saturdays in December. Join us to celebrate the return of wintering waterfowl to the wetlands of Mitchell Lake Audubon Center. We've got quite a day of family-fun planned, including: Hayrides to the wetlands to see the ducks Local waterfowl experts helping visitors see the thousands of ducks through binoculars and spotting scopes Duck-themed crafts & activities for kids Showings of the Original DUCKumentary film from PBS's NATURE throughout the day Duck identification presentations An egg race & duck calling contest A special visit from "Aloha," an endangered Nene Hawaiian goose, live with our friends from SeaWorld San Antonio at 2pm! Click here for a schedule. Click here for Directions.
Jan. 27 Tuesday 6:30pm Native Plant Society Meeting: Vegetative Regeneration of Burnt Areas in Bastrop State Park Bill Carr, one of the most experienced field botanists in Texas, will present a slideshow and discussion on the very destructive 2011 wildfire in Bastrop State Park and the subsequent recovery of vegetative cover. He will present a photographic record of the succession that has occurred due to both natural processes and regeneration efforts supported by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and their partners. Bill will provide insights about where to go in the park to see he regenerative process if you decide to visit there. 6:30 pm – Native plant/seed exchange & social time 7:00 pm – Program Lions Field Adult Center 2809 Broadway (at Mulberry, by Brackenridge Park) Map to Lions Field Adult Center: http://tinyurl.com/LionsField-SA
No reservation necessary!
Weekly Birding Birding tours are $8 per person for non-members, $3 for MLAC members. No reservation necessary (*NOTE: Tour start times are back to 8am starting in September!)
Every 2nd Tuesday morning of the month at 8 am
1st four Sunday mornings of the month at 8 am
MLAC is located at 10750 Pleasanton Road. Take the Moursund Road exit from Loop 410. Head South approx. one mile and the gate is on your left (east).
San Antonio Audubon Society--lots of birding field trips, and the best list of birding locations in our area! Download their latest newsletter to get upcoming field trip information: saaudubon.org
Government Canyon State Natural Area Please click here to visit the GCSNA Calendar! Map & Directions click here! Friends of Govt. Canyon Events Calendar Click Here!
Guadalupe River State Park (click for website)(click here to download the December Calendar of Events)
Cibolo Nature Center - Boerne. www.cibolo.org
Check this page often. First Saturday Walks and Second Saturday programs of the San Antonio Natural Areas are subject to change. Call (210) 207-3111 for Hardberger Park and Medina River Natural Area programs, and (210) 207-5320 for all other programs. Watch for flyers posted in the parks, in various media and newsletters. Reservations are recommended.
First Saturday Walks and Second Saturday Programs are sponsored by San Antonio Natural Area Parks &Bexar Audubon Society.
For even MORE outdoors and environmentally related activities:
San Antonio Audubon Society--lots of birding field trips, download their latest newsletter to get a complete listing: saaudubon.org
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center: mitchelllakeaudubon.org
Government Canyon State Natural Area: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/government_canyon/#act
San Antonio Natural Areas: sanaturalareas.org
Cibolo Nature Center--in Boerne: cibolo.org
Sierra Club, Alamo Chapter: outings page here: http://texas.sierraclub.org/alamo/Outings.htm
Consider becoming a Master Naturalist! Alamo Master Naturalist Chapter