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Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Nature Walk at Bulverde Oaks Nature Preserve with Ron Tullius Popular hiking leader will conduct walk and plant study to identify native and exotic plants found along the trail. We will visit the pond/bird blind and bee hives at the park. Learn to promote conservation of natural resources in our region and sustain the natural environment to enhance urban spaces. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, a hat, and carry water. Please note, no restrooms facilities are available. Class will be held at the Bulverde Oaks Nature Preserve Walk, at the intersection of Loop 1604 and Jusdon Road, outside the loop. This walk is jointly sponsored by Green Spaces Alliance. Instructor Ron Tullius is a Texas Master Naturalist in the Alamo Area Chapter. He has led guided plant walks at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, at San Antonio Parks and Recreation--Natural Areas sites, at Bulverde Oaks Nature Preserve, along the San Antonio River and at the Headwaters of the Incarnate Word. $18 per person. To register contact the SoL Center at University Presbyterian Church 210- 732-9927 or visit our website www.upcsa.org and click on the SoL page to register online.
Thursday, May 19 6:30pm Bexar Audubon Program - Warblers! see Home Page
Tuesday, May 24: Native Plant Society Meeting. The Importance of Native Texas Grasses David Will discusses the value of native grasses in Central Texas ecosystems, the rewards of incorporating them into your landscape, and methods for raising and maintaining them. David has a B.S. in agriculture from Texas A&M and an M.A. in agriculture from San Houston State University. He is a certified landscaper, a member of the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association, and owner of Landscape Details in New Braunfels. He is a long-time member of NPSOT and founding member of the Lindheimer chapter.6:30 pm – Native plant/seed exchange & Social time 7:00 pm – Meeting and program Lions Field Adult Center 2809 Broadway (corner of Mulberry & Broadway by Brackenridge Park) Map to Lions Field Adult Center
May 26, 6:30 PM Alamo Sierra Club: Exploring Cuba Please join world travelers Alan Montemayor and Cheryl Hamilton as they present a slide show describing their recent trip to Cuba, including the history, caves, landscapes, ecology, environment, culture, economy and the rapid changes that are occurring in Cuba and relations between the U.S. and Cuba. LION'S FIELD ADULT CENTER 2809 BROADWAY @ MULBERRY Free and Open to the Public Bus Routes 9, 10, and 14
May 28 8am-10am Ethnobotany Walk With naturalist Janis Merritt. Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center, 8400 NW Military Hwy. Meet on the patio!
Thursday, June 2 ● 7:00 PM Polo Field Golf Center/The First Tee 915 E. Mulberry THE BIRDIE-BUNCH! A GLIMPSE INTO THE LIVES OF THE SOCIAL BLACK-CRESTED TITMOUSE Rebekah Rylander The Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus, BCTI) is a small resident passerine found commonly in both urban and rural landscapes throughout its range. This species is known to form social flocks with other titmice, as well as with other species during certain times of the year. However, what is the composition of these titmouse flocks? Do families stick together throughout the year? Are certain siblings more likely to gain favor in their parents’ eyes? A detailed three-year study on a large color-banded population of BCTI reveals interesting results not previously known for this species. Rebekah Rylander, originally from Austin, Texas, became infatuated with birds during her undergraduate career at the University of Texas in 2007. Since then she has been fortunate to work with many bird species from around the world, including Australia, Ecuador and Maui. She received her Master’s degree from Texas State University working with Black-crested Titmice. Currently she is pursuing her PhD at Texas State, studying migration of the Reddish Egret.
Saturday, June 25, 8-9:30 p.m. Honey Creek at Night Guadalupe River State Park Join Ranger Laura for a hike into the night side of Honey Creek State Natural Area adjacent to Guadalupe River State Park. Bring a flashlight and sense of adventure as we go in search of nocturnal goings-on of owls and other critters. Please meet at the Rust House inside the park promptly at 8 p.m. This program is FREE with a Park Pass or a $7 daily pass (children ages 12 and under are free).
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE SAAS/BAS ANNUAL DINNER OCT. 6! George Fenwick, President of the American Bird Conservancy, will be our guest speaker for the combined San Antonio Audubon Society and Bexar Audubon Society annual dinner on Thursday, October 6. The dinner will be held at the San Antonio Zoo Beastro. More details to come!
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