Friedrich Wilderness Park, 3.21.2019
Wendy Leonard, Nature Preserve Officer for City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Natural Areas, led an enthusiastic group of BAS members on a search for Golden-cheeked Warblers at Friedrich Wilderness Park in northwest San Antonio. With Wendy’s excellent hearing and sighting abilities, she found two Golden-cheeked Warblers for the group, along with Hutton’s Vireos, Black-and-white Warblers, an Orange-crowned Warbler, a Hermit Thrush and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, among many other species. The Golden-cheeked Warbler photo below was taken by Tod Smith during the walk.
Avenue A in Brackenridge Park, 4.29.2019
Participants in the BAS field trip to Avenue A found 37 bird species, including a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, a family of Wood Ducks and numerous Great Crested Flycatchers. The group also survived encounters with a non-venomous but fast moving Diamondback Water Snake and an errant golf ball.
Pt. Aransas UT Marine cruise, 6.1.2019
Sun and heat, salt spray and a breeze, and the good company of nature lovers ready to learn graced the recent boating trip in Port Aransas. Aboard the UT Marine Science Institute research vessel the R/V Katy, Naturalist Amanda Taylor set nets and scooped up all variety of plankton and fish. She explained the gulf ecosystem and the interactions of the sea, sand, and critters. When safe to do so we were able to hold some of the fish (learning how to properly hold a catfish)! We sifted the catch and used the boat’s microscope to view the amazing variety of life. Highlights for the 25 BAS members aboard were a brown-footed booby (good spotting Coco!), a hammerhead shark, and a jellyfish consuming a small fish.