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Sat, Dec. 12 10-11:00am Friedrich Wilderness Park Animal Friends Do you have any animal friends? Meet Tom Kinsey, Master Naturalist and animal lover and explore some of the living things around us and learn what makes them special. There will be live animals to observe, examine, and touch. Perhaps you can make some new animal friends? RSVP required. Suggested donation: $3.00 per child, $6.00 per family. For more information, email: email@example.com, or call 210-207- 3782.
Sunday, Jan. 24 2:30pm Film: Rara Avis: The Life of John James Audubon. See the home page for details.
Tuesday Jan. 26 6:30pm Native Plant Society: What Every Gardener Should Know about Soil David Vaughan will share his considerable knowledge about the microscopic life teeming in our soils. David has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin University and a Masters in Natural Resources Development from Texas A&M University. 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
Saturday February 6th 12:00 - 3:00pm Green Spaces Alliance Public Hike to Bulverde Oaks. Open to the public Guided hikes at 1pm & 2pm Bring your friends and family! Dogs welcome! GSA staff will be leading tours on our short trail to see the rescue bee hives, bird blind, stock pond, wildlife, and sharing with you why we conserve land. Please see details and RSVP on our website: https://www.greensatx.org/events/public-hike-at-bulverde-oaks-2/
Feb. 3-6 2016 Laredo Birding Festival, Laredo has a rich and diverse river ecosystem that is home to hundreds of migratory birds and local species, such as the White-collared Seedeater, Scaled Quail, Green Parakeet, and Red-billed Pigeon. Field trips will be led by professional guides to river fronts, creek systems, nature trails, and scenic ranch land. We will continue to offer festival favorites, “Bird ‘til You Drop” and “Floating Under Flyways”. For more information and details visit us online at www.laredobirdingfestival.com.
Monday, February 8 , 7 – 9 p.m Water Stewardship in the Face of Climate Change With Meredith McGuire, Ph.D. SoL Center at University Presbyterian Church 300 Bushnell Ave at Shook Tuition: $35 Register by Jan. 25. Enrollment: 12 min./25 max. How can we collectively change our relationships to our water resources and to each other to build a better and more resilient water future? Uncontaminated fresh water, essential for human health and life itself, is becoming increasingly scarce, both globally and regionally. At the same time Climate change is already causing increasing weather extremes – flooding, droughts, and record high temperatures, which are linked with the availability of usable fresh water. In this class we will find good information about what is possible for our water future to be both hope-filled and empowering. About the Instructor: Meredith McGuire, Ph.D., recently retired Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Trinity University, serves as Co-Chair of Alamo Sierra Club Conservation Committee, in which she had been working for the last two years on San Antonio and regional water issues – especially SAWS’ controversial Vista Ridge pipeline project and its impact on rate-payers and on adverse patterns of development. Cosponsored by San Antonio Interfaith Power and Light For further information or to register contact 210-732-9927 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb. 11 6:30pm San Antonio Herb Society meeting. Ohio native Pat James-Hasser will travel to San Antonio to present how herbs were transported to this country on the Mayflower and stored and used in colonial times for medicine, pest control, and to make food more palatable. We will learn how our herbs were shipped to America and why. The presentation will be at the San Antonio Garden Center at 3310 N. New Braunfels Free and open to the public. Check out the Herb Society website at www.sanantonioherbs.org
Feb. 12-15 Great Backyard Bird Count Visit birdcount.org to find out how.
Saturday, February 13 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Second Saturday: Creating a Texas Wildscape Friedrich Wilderness Park classroom. Native plants with special features can create a beautiful landscape that produces a haven for interesting birds and butterflies. Learn how to create a design on paper, what features to incorporate, as well as some common drought-hardy plants to include—you’ll be amazed at what you can create! Presented by Judit Green, Urban Wildlife Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife for over 20 years. She conducts outreach and offers technical guidance on natural resource projects that benefit wildlife, landscapes and water. She and others founded the first chapter of Texas Master Naturalists™ in San Antonio in 1996, and still serves as an advisor to the Alamo Area Chapter. She’s also a contributing author and photographer to the book, Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife. Sponsored by Bexar Audubon Society. Suggested donation: $6 per person. RSVP required, e-mail email@example.com. For more information call (210) 207-3782.
Saturday Feb. 20 8am-noon 22nd Annual Basura Bash – San Antonio Waterways CleanupLocation: Various locations throughout San Antonio. Visit www.basurabash.org to register.
Tuesday, February 23 Native Plant Society Meeting UTSA's Monarch Research Project Tyler Seiboldt will talk about the university's monarch research project. Tyler is an associate research scientist at UTSA. As project manager, he oversees a two-year, $300,000 species research grant from the Texas State Comptroller's Office to study the monarch butterfly. The resulting report will guide statewide management strategies and conservation efforts and ultimately help refine recommendations by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 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
Friday March 4th 10-2pm Monarchs, Milkweed and Migration Festival at the San Antonio Zoo. Join Mayor Ivy Taylor to open the butterfly house for the season and to celebrate San Antonio's participation in the conservation of the Monarch butterfly. San Antonio is the nation's FIRST and ONLY Monarch Champion City!
Sat. Mar. 12 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.The Art of Nature: Capturing the South Texas Landscape 2nd Saturday program co-sponsored by Bexar Audubon. Friedrich Wilderness Park classroom. Artistic expression expands, sharpens, and deepens our perception and appreciation of nature. Participants will spend time observing and sketching from nature along the trails of Friedrich Wilderness Park while learning about artists who have long been inspired by the Texas landscape. Bring your own sketchpad or drawing paper; camp stools and art materials provided. Instructor will assist with techniques and ideas to help create a composition. All levels welcome. RSVP required. A donation of $3.00 per person is suggested. Call Nicole McLeod 210-207-3782 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
No reservation necessary!
Weekly Birding Birding tours are $8 per person for non-members, free 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).
SAAS Beginners’ Bird Walk every 2nd Saturday. Meet leader Georgina Schwartz in the parking lot near the Alamo Heights Swimming Pool at 246 Viesca Street in San Antonio. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them (she will have some if you do not). Wear a hat and sunscreen, closed toe shoes and long pants. To get there: From the 5900 block of Broadway, turn west on Ogden Street and drive to the stop sign at Greeley Street. You’ll see the sign to the Nature Trails. Turn left, go one block and turn right on Viesca, then into the parking lot on the left. THIS IS A FREE EVENT. For more information contact Georgina (210/342-2073).
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)
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