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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. 24 8am-? BAS Winter Sparrow Field Trip. See our Home page for details.

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

Jan 28 6:30pm Alamo Sierra Club:Water — Vista Ridge Update Peggy Day, Alamo Group Chair, along with Conservation Committee Co-Chairs Meredith McGuire and Terry Burns, will tackle the recently approved Vista Ridge Pipeline including discussions of: Abengoa & Blue Water (Vista Ridge consortium) issues; the originating aquifer issues and its groundwater districts; more pipeline questions, its San Antonio connections, and sustainability issues other than water SAWS rates' update and how Vista Ridge would be paid for; can San Antonio afford Vista Ridge water without over-burdening the majority of residents with its costs; more information and questions about SAWS rate-restructuring (that, if approved by the City Council in mid-2015, will go into effect in 2016, regardless of whether the Vista Ridge project goes forward) why future development propelled by Vista Ridge water would be so bad for the Edwards Aquifer, why that future development would be completely unsustainable for San Antonio, and why it fails to prepare the City for resilience in the face of rapidly increasing Climate Change "best practices" and other innovations employed by other cities to expand and protect their water supply more sustainably (and more affordably) than SAWS' Vista Ridge and/or continuing current San Antonio practices (such as using aquifer water for irrigation and industrial/business uses that don't require potable water).LION'S FIELD ADULT CENTER 2809 BROADWAY @ MULBERRY

Feb. 5 7pm Joint San Antonio-Bexar Audubon Society Program: Saving Endangered Whooping Cranes. See our Home page for details.

Feb. 12 6:30pm San Antonio Herb Society February. Dave Saylor, owner of Acadiana Café will be “Cooking Cajun”. He will demonstrate roux for gumbo and crawfish etouffee, discuss the important aspects of Cajun cooking, the historical mixture of Native American, African, and Spanish ingredients and show how each dish interacts with other ingredients.At the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels. Free and open to the public. 210-826-6860 or mbelisle@satx.rr.com.

Feb. 17 Alamo Sierra Club Meeting will be held at the William R. Sinkin Eco-Center, at 1802 North Main Street, just behind San Antonio College, at 6:30 pm. The meeting is free and open to the public. Joe Black, Rail Manager of the Lone Star Rail District, will provide an update on progress of the LSTAR Commuter Rail between SA and Austin. It will utilize the Union Pacific track and make stops in San Marcos and New Braunfels. Progress is being made in Austin to move the project forward. San Antonio needs to become aware of this new future commuter service from San Antonio to Austin.

Feb. 21 10am-Noon San Antonio River Authority Helton Nature Park Birdwalk All levels of birders are welcome to join SARA and the AA Master Naturalists to enjoy the birds and San Antonio River scenery. Plus learn how to document your bird sightings using iNaturalist smart phone applicaton. Reservations are recommended. Reserve your spot by contacting Kayla Gasker at 210-302-3259 or kgasker@sara-tx.org

Feb. 24 7pm Native Plant Society Rain Gardens in San Antonio Lee Marlowe, Sustainable Landscape Superintendent for the Watershed and Park Operations of the San Antonio River Authority, will share SARA's experiences with the rain gardens they have recently installed at the Euclid facility and at the newest operations center along the Mission Reach. She will also talk about rain gardens from a residential perspective, including how to adapt them to the "wacky San Antonio climate!" 6:30 pm – Native plant/seed exchange & social time 7:00 pm – Program Lions Field Adult Center 2809 Broadway (at Mulberry, by Brackenridge Park)

Feb. 25 6:30pm Alamo Sierra Club: Images of the West Gary and Michelle Krysztopik have been traveling in the West and will present images of creative sustainable ideas that they spotted plus new design concepts. They also have interesting images of changes to landscape, including extreme weather events. Come welcome Gary and Michelle as they fill us in on what they saw.LION'S FIELD ADULT CENTER 2809 BROADWAY @ MULBERRY

March 19 6:30pm BAS Program: Identifying Shorebirds. See our Home page for details.

March 21 Wildlife Tax Valuation Workshop – Register NOW! Do you have an agriculture tax valuation on your land? Are you interested in wildlife management? You are invited to attend the Wildlife Tax Valuation Workshop on Saturday, March 21st from 8:00am-5pm. This workshop will help landowners to prepare a management plan and application for a wildlife management tax valuation. Attached is the Wildlife Tax Valuation Workshop flyer and driving directions to the facility; agenda coming soon! Please pass this information on to your contacts. Workshop Location: Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center 8400 NW Military Hwy. San Antonio, TX 78231 For more information and registration contact Matt Reidy 830-876-8229 Matthew.reidy@tpwd.texas.gov

March 22 11am-1pm BAS Shorebird Field Trip. Mitchell Lake Audubon Center. Confirm attendance at agarita@me.com. Bring a lunch for afterwards if you like.

March 25 Texas Agricultural Land Trust:Savings Family Lands, designed for landowners and their advisors, will focus on how to individually tailor the voluntary conservation easement to meet a family's goals, and thus pass cherished lands down to future generations. Led by national conservation easement expert, attorney and author of the IRS conservation easement code, Stephen J. Small, the half-day seminar will include presentations on: the tax benefits of donated conservation easements filling requirements appraisals and valuation authority to donate oil and gas development, what is a land trust. Space is Limited! Learn from the Nation's leading expert on Conservation Easements. Reserve Your Seat TODAY! Pearl Studio, San Antonio.

 Mitchell Lake Monthly Birding Tours

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).


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

 

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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!

Guadalupe River State Park (click for website)(click here to download the January 2015 Calendar of Events)     (click here to download the February 2015 Calendar of Events) 

 

 

 

 

 

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