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Mar. 29 9a-2p NPSOT Spring Native Plant Sale at Phil Hardberger Park East As part of our effort to carry out SAWS mission of reducing turf in San Antonio, we will be providing education on native plants - as well as offering native plants that the public may purchase.

Mar. 31 6:30pm Science for Adults: Why is that Mathematician Studying How Birds Learn to Sing? Just like humans, young birds learn to sing by imitating the songs of adult birds. Songbirds have a specialized set of brain areas dedicated to this behavior. That’s what makes song-learning one of the best animal models for studying the biology that allows sensory, motor and memory systems in the brain to work in concert. In this discussion, Dr. Todd Troyer of the UTSA Biology Department presents some specifics about songbird neurobiology, but also discusses how answering big questions in science often leads in unexpected directions. Co-sponsored by the San Antonio Audubon Society. Igo Branch Library, 13330 Kyle Seale Parkway, ph. 210.207.9080.

Apr. 2 Wine in the Wetlands: An Evening benefit for the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center Sponsor a table or buy an individual ticket at mitchelllake.audubon.org.

Apr. 3 7pm San Antonio Audubon: The Origin and Discovery of the Golden-cheeked Warbler Dr. Chuck Sexton will give an overview of what we know about the origin of this intriguing species and how we have come to understand its special place in Texas natural history. Dr. Sexton is a long-time Texas Ornithological Society member and has been active in environmental issues around Texas for over 30 years. He grew up in southern California and migrated to Austin in the mid-1970's to attend graduate school at the University of Texas. He received his doctoral degree in 1987 studying the impacts of urbanization on birds. With Greg Lasley, he was Texas regional editor for American Birds for many years. At the First Tee, Polo Field Golf Center 915 E. Mulberry. Click here for Map!

Apr. 5 Cibolo Nature Center 24th Mostly Native Plant Sale Boerne. www.cibolo.org

Apr. 17 6:30 pm BAS Program: Warbler Identification 101 with TPWD Naturalist Craig Hensley. Are you confused by the many Warblers passing through our state in spring and fall? What about our winter warblers? Join us for an entertaining presentation on warbler identification for beginners and experienced birders alike! Naturalist and birder extraordinaire. Craig Hensley, will be our teacher for this program. You won't be disappointed! Craig has been a Naturalist/Educator for 30 years, working at nature centers from Minnesota to Texas and places in-between. A native of Iowa, Craig has a B.S. in Fisheries & Wildlife Mgmt. and a M.S. in Zoology, and is a licensed bird bander. Craig presently works for Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. at Guadalupe River State Park as the Park Interpreter, Volunteer Coordinator and Resource Specialist .6:30pm at TriPoint (corner of 281 & N. St. Mary's, click for map)

Apr. 22-27 American Birding Association National Convention in Corpus Christi: aba.org

Apr. 25-27 Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival, Fredericksburg. A full weekend of nature in the Hill Country featuring talks, walks, hummingbird banding, Last Chance Forever raptor programs, field trips, & children's activities. Visit their website to learn more:wingstx.org

May 1 7pm SA Audubon: Damsels, Dragons, Scale and Feather-winged Wonders. By Craig Hensley, Park Ranger, Guadalupe River State Park When the birding is slow, you have other options with your binoculars. Guadalupe River State Park’s Ranger Craig Hensley will share images of dragon- and damselflies, butterflies—oh, and a few bird images, as well. Just as birds have identification keys, so do these groups of insects. Learn tips and tricks to figuring out who is who using field marks and behavior. At the First Tee, Polo Field Golf Center 915 E. Mulberry. Click here for Map!

May 8 8a-5p Urban Wildlife Management Workshop produced by Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. at Phil Hardberger Park. Information available here: http://txmn.org/alamo/urban-wildlife-ws/

May 10 International Migratory Bird Day! A 5-location, city-wide partnership with Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, SA Zoo, Sea World, SA River Authority, and Govt. Canyon State Natural Area.

          Mitchell Lake Audubon Center: 10am-2pm FREE, no RSVP required.Come celebrate the return of migratory birds to our area! Themed around the Olympics and the amazing champions birds are in many ways, special activities will include a Roadrunner Race, Pelican Plop, and Tern Toss! This free, familyfriendly and fun-filled day has something for everyone. Bird walks, bird games, bird activities, bird displays and more.

            Government Canyon State Natural Area 9am–2 pm/Visitors Center Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first sighting of the Golden-cheeked Warbler in Texas with a Bird Birthday party. Every Golden-cheeked Warbler is a Native Texan--they breed nowhere else in the world. Learn why Government Canyon and other areas in Bexar County have been recognized as an Internationally Important Bird Area. Contact: TPWD Resource Specialist Niki Lake, 512-667-0786, or email niki.lake@tpwd.texas.gov.

            San Antonio River Authority 10am-noon invites the community to visit “Acequia Park” (8500 Mission Parkway). Participants will learn about migratory birds and view many water-going birds. SARA’s staff will teach easy bird identification, lend you binoculars, and help you understand the latest in birding technology. Participants should expect to walk at a slow pace for 1 hour along the San Antonio River during this FREE event. Please RSVP with Carrie Merson at cmerson@sara-tx.org or (210)302-3282.

            San Antonio Zoo 10am-2pm Activities throughout the zoo include: games, birdkeeper talks, live bird presentations, and guided tours of all the birds. Take a ride on the whooping crane on the new zoo carousel and learn about Martha, the last of the passenger pigeons. FREE with the purchase of zoo admission.

            SeaWorld San Antonio 10am–3pm Celebrate, Connect, and Care for Migratory Birds! SeaWorld brings the beauty and variety of birds from around the globe to the heart of Texas to inspire the next generation of stewards for our planet. Guests will learn about the birds from SeaWorld’s aviculturists and educators. Also, “Just for Kids” celebration at the Animal Connections Conservation Center. Our theme park and products inspire millions to celebrate, connect with, and care for the natural world we share during IMBD as well as throughout the summer at Roa’s Aviary. Included with SeaWorld admission.

 

May 15 6:30pm BAS Program: Birding with Gadgetry! If you haven't eBirded, you should! Our resident 'Bird Nerd' & MLAC Education Director Jason St. Sauver shows the basics of using this powerful and fun application to enhance your birding experience and knowledge. He'll also cover some other useful apps. 6:30pm at TriPoint (corner of 281 & N. St. Mary's, click for map)

May 27 7pm Native Plant Society: Eat Your Vegetables! Wendy Snyder will talk about foraging for native (and other wild) edible plants. She owns Star Fire Adventure Camp for Grownups, Boerne, TX. 6:30 pm – Native plant/seed exchange & social time 7:00 pm – Program Lions Field Adult Center 2809 Broadway (at Mulberry, by Brackenridge Park) Click for map to Lions Field Adult Center.

June 5 7pm SA Audubon: Wildlife Conservation Issues in Texas: What Does the Future Hold? By Judit Green, Urban Wildlife Biologist, TPWD Many issues threaten the great wildlife diversity of our state. Texas boasts 213 species of reptiles and amphibians, 635 species of birds, 174 species of mammals, an estimated 5,200 species of plants and an estimated 30,000 species of invertebrates. However, complex and daunting issues are putting intense pressures on our state's wildlife populations. Can the conservation community rise to the challenge and secure a solid future for wildlife of our great state? Join us to hear Judit’s take on what lies ahead. At the First Tee, Polo Field Golf Center 915 E. Mulberry. Click here for Map!

June 28 9:30a-3:30p Bird Feather Identification Workshop at SA Zoo. This bird feather identification workshop teaches anyone (birders, teachers, general public, youth, scouts, etc.) to use characteristics of wing types and feather morphology to identify not only by species, but also by their place on the bird's body. Instructor will be Dave Scott from Earth Native Wilderness School in Austin. (attendees can receive 6 CPU credits, must be 14 yrs. of age). $35 per person. To register: www.sazoo.org

 Mitchell Lake Monthly Birding Tours

No reservation necessary!

1st Sunday @ 8:00 AM

2nd Sunday @ 8:00 AM

2nd Tuesday @ 8:00 AM

3rd Sunday @ 8:00 AM

Bird count/survey: 4th Saturday: 8:00 AM,

Discover why Mitchell Lake's location on the Central Flyway makes it one of the best birding sites in the region. Birding tours are $5 per person for non-members, $3 for MLAC members


For more information: mlac@audubon.org
(210) 628-1639 or
www.mitchelllakeaudubon.org

 

San Antonio Audubon logo

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

 

 

TX Parks & Wildlife logoGovernment Canyon State Natural Area Please click here to visit the GCSNA Calendar!       Map & Directions click here!

 

Friends of Govt. Canyon Events Calendar Click Here!

TX Parks & Wildlife logoGuadalupe River State Park  

April programs are here (click)!

                Click here for May programs!

 

Cibolo Nature Center - Boerne. www.cibolo.org

2014 San Antonio Natural Areas Events & Programs

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