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2014 Fall/Winter Birding Calendar

Compiled by Rachel Bradley

Grab your binoculars, family and friends, and go discover birding – the most popular sport in America – at an event near you!

Texas is home to more than 630 bird species, which are sure to beautify your fall/winter at first sight. Beginning and experienced birders alike are invited to attend the community events below and add to their life list.

In addition to the events listed below, a regularly updated calendar of events hosted at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department facilities can be found online. Click “Birding” for a complete list of bird walks, owl prowls, bird identification classes and more offered at various Texas state parks, including the state park World Birding Centers. Additional events at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center and Sea Center Texas can be found by selecting “Site Calendars” from the list of options on the main calendar page.

Monthly Recurring Events

Bird Walk – Tuesdays and Saturdays, year round
Join expert birders Tiffany Kersten or Erik Bruhnke on an hour long walk to explore Quinta Mazatlan’s avian wonders! No experience necessary and loaner binoculars available free of charge.
Host: Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center
Location: 600 Sunset Drive McAllen TX 78505
Time: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Fee: Free with admission ($3 adults, $2 children/seniors)
(956) 681-3370
www.quintamazatlan.com

Birding on the Boardwalk - Wednesdays
The popular boardwalk extends into a marsh associated with the adjoining wastewater treatment plant. Walk along the boardwalk and from the observation tower look for Cinnamon Teal, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Least Grebe, herons, egrets, cormorants and Roseate Spoonbills.
Host: City of Port Aransas
Time: 9 a.m.
(361) 749-5919
www.portaransas.org

Introduction to Birding and Bird Behavior - Wednesdays, January 7 through February 11
Six week beginning birder’s course teaching everything from how to use binoculars and field guides to where to go birding.
Host: Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center
Location: 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen TX 78505
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon
Fee: $60 for all six sessions (preregistration required)
(956) 681-3370
www.quintamazatlan.com

Evening Speaker Series - Thursdays, October through April
Host: Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center
Location: 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen TX 78505
Speaker series on birding from urban birding and bird and nature photography to winter birds and birding the Valley.
Time: 6 – 7 p.m.
Fee: $3/person
(956) 681-3370
www.quintamazatlan.com

Audubon Bird Nerd Series - 1st Saturdays, September through April (excluding January)
The Audubon Bird Nerd Series is designed to boost awareness of local bird species to the public by combining informational lectures with hands-on birding activities and is created for everyone from the nature novice wanting an excuse to get outside to the nature enthusiast who wants to fine tune their birding skills and identification.  The first series will be conducted at the Texas City Prairie Preserve with more locations around the Galveston Bay and Upper Texas Coast region to follow.
Host: Audubon Texas Coastal Program
Location: Texas City Prairie Preserve and various locations on the Upper Texas Coast
Time: 9 – 11 a.m.
(409) 941-9114 ext. 104
Contact: Kari Howard by email at TERN@audubon.org for more information.

Introduction to Birding and Bird Behavior - Saturdays, October 11 through November 22
Six week beginning birder’s course teaching everything from how to use binoculars and field guides to where to go birding.
Host: Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center
Location: 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen TX 78505
Event Time: 9 a.m. – Noon
Fee: $60 for all six sessions (preregistration required)
(956) 681-3370
www.quintamazatlan.com

Beginner Bird Walk - 2nd Saturday
Bird walk for beginners and newcomers to the area. Some binoculars are available to lend.
Host: San Antonio Audubon Society
Location: Judson Nature Trails, Alamo Heights
Time: 7:30 a.m. in August. 8 a.m. all other months
(210) 308-6788
www.saaudubon.org

Guided Bird Walk - 2nd Saturday
Over 280 species of birds have been documented on Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area's (LLELA) 2,000 acres of forest, prairie, river, and wetland habitat. The guided tour takes birders to some of the best locations, some of them not regularly open to public access.
Host: LLELA
Location: LLELA 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville, TX 75057
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Fee: $7/person
(972) 219-3930
www.LLELA.org

Second Saturday Bird Walk - 2nd Saturday, September through May
A guided bird walk through the Edith L. Moore Sanctuary
Host: Houston Audubon Society and Wild Birds Unlimited
Location: Edith L. Moore Sanctuary, 440 Wilchester Blvd., Houston, TX 77079
Time: 7:30 a.m.
(281) 293-0959
www.houstonaudubon.org or www.wbu.com/houstonw

Bird Banding - 3rd Saturday, August through December
Volunteers collect baseline data on bird populations at the sanctuary. The banding station is an excellent opportunity to see birds up close and to learn all the birds of our community.
Host: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Location:
Time: 8 a.m. – Noon
(979) 480-0999
www.gcbo.org

Smith Point Hawk Watch - August 1 through November 15
A counter is present on the tower each day identifying and counting the raptors as they make their way south for the winter. Stop by and help or learn from the experts how to id the specs in the sky.
Host: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Location: Candy Abshier Wildlife Management Area
Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(979) 480-0999
www.gcbo.org

 

AUGUST

August 13 – Shorebird Identification Class
This class is intended for intermediate birders who would like to increase their skills at identifying sandpipers, plovers, godwits, phalaropes, dowitchers, and other shorebirds. Shorebirds are a fascinating and varied group of birds, with many interesting identification issues. There will be a pre-class and post-class field trip. Visit the website for more details.
Host: Travis Audubon Society
Location:
Hours: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fee: The tuition is $75 for TAS members and $85 for non-members. For those who go on the coast trip, there will be an additional fee of $45 to partially cover the leaders’ trip expenses.
nradding@sbcglobal.net
http://travisaudubon.org/education/adult-classes/shorebird-identification-class

August 16 – Raptor Class
This class will help you become familiar with the most commonly-occurring raptor species in the Austin area, and teach you how to identify them and separate them from species which occur in central Texas less frequently. The class will consist of two separate 3-hour classroom sessions (on Saturday August 16 and Saturday September 13) with slides and lecture material, each followed by a 1- to 2-hour local hawk-watching session. Two optional long-distance field trips to hawk watch sites along the Texas coast will be offered (for an additional charge) on the weekends of Sep 26 – 28 and Oct 17 – 19.
Host: Travis Audubon Society
Location:
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon (Bring your own lunch for a brief local hawk watch)
Fee: $60 for TAS members; $75 for non-members
Fcerbins@yahoo.com
www.travisaudubon.org

August 20 – Shorebird Identification Class
This class is intended for intermediate birders who would like to increase their skills at identifying sandpipers, plovers, godwits, phalaropes, dowitchers, and other shorebirds. Shorebirds are a fascinating and varied group of birds, with many interesting identification issues. There will be a pre-class and post-class field trip. Visit the website for more details.
Host: Travis Audubon Society
Location:
Hours: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fee: The tuition is $75 for TAS members and $85 for non-members. For those who go on the coast trip, there will be an additional fee of $45 to partially cover the leaders’ trip expenses.
nradding@sbcglobal.net
http://travisaudubon.org/education/adult-classes/shorebird-identification-class

August 21 - 23 – Davis Mountains Hummingbird Festival
This event will include lectures, banding, and field trips to several local viewing locations. Numerous accommodations from historic hotels to B&B’s are available.
Host: Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce
Location: Various locations throughout the Davis Mountains with lectures at the Hotel Limpia Ballroom.
Time: All Day
Fee: $69 Early Registration, $30 dinner with Keynote Speaker
1-800-524-3015
www.fortdavis.com

August 23 – Swift Fest
Enjoy Swift Fest, a unique celebration of the small migratory birds that make the City of Jonestown their seasonal home! Between great sets of live music and under the cool shade of oak trees, enjoy nature-themed vendors, good food and beverages, and fun activities for families and children. End the fun-filled day marveling at the sight of the swifts’ return to their cistern home. Guess the number of birds and win a prize!
Host: City of Jonestown and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location: City of Jamestown, Fireman’s Park, 18649 FM 1431, Jonestown, TX 78645
Time: 4 – 8 p.m.
(512) 339-9432
www.swiftfest.org


SEPTEMBER

September 5 - 7 – A Swift Night Out!
Join us as we participate in A Swift Night Out!, an annual continent-wide event of the Driftwood Wildlife Association and our Chimney Swift heroes Paul and Georgean Kyle. The event, held over one weekend in August and one weekend in September, raises awareness about swifts and plays a vital role in determining population trends. Check out http://www.chimneyswifts.org/ for more information. Watching the swifts gather and then counting them as they descend into a chimney is fun and a challenge since many of them decide to descend nearly simultaneously. Lawn chairs and binoculars are recommended. We’ll have teams at several roost sites each night. Registration is recommended, but there is no limit to the number of participants so participate for one night or all three nights. Check out the map at http://goo.gl/maps/kv6fC for the locations (you can zoom in and click on the blue pins to display the address).
Host: Travis Audubon Society
Location: Various locations http://goo.gl/maps/kv6fC
Time: 7-8 p.m.
(512) 294-0272
Sheila.hargis@gmail.com
www.chimneyswifts.org

September 6 – Hummingbird Day
Learn fascinating facts about hummingbirds, and spend time observing them!
Host: Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center
Location: 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen TX, 78505
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon
Fee: Free with Center Admission
(956) 681-3370
www.quintamazatlan.com

September 6 – International Vulture Awareness Day Celebration
Join Shelia Hargis and Laurie Foss to celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD). IVAD is designated as an opportunity for organizations across the world to highlight the threats many species of vultures face. Populations of many species are declining and some species are facing extinction. Event participants will bird by kayak on Lake Bastrop, which has a very large roost of Black and Turkey Vultures. Participants will paddle out from LCRA's Lake Bastrop North Shore Park to the nearby coves to see and hear some East Texas woodland/riparian birds and then visit the area of the vulture roost. The trip will end with a picnic in the park. You must have your own kayak for this trip and pay the $5 park fee. Online registration is required.
Host: Travis Audubon Society
Location: Lake Bastrop
Time: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fee: $5 park fee
(512) 294-0273
Sheila.hargis@gmail.com
www.travisaudubonsociety.org; www.vultureday.org

September 9, 16, 23 – Fall Warbler Class with Doug Booher
Join Doug Booher and Travis Audubon in refreshing your skills in identifying warblers!   Doug will provide an introduction to the 46 species of warblers that regularly occur in Texas, including discussion of taxonomy, range of occurrence, breeding status, and habitats.  Doug will help you focus on the identification of those regularly occurring warblers that are especially challenging to identify. The class is designed for intermediate birders with at least one year of birding experience.   The class size is limited to 16 participants.  There will be three evening class sessions, one Saturday local field trip, and also an out-of-town field trip to Corpus Christi.  Dates for the classroom sessions are Wednesdays September 9, 16 and 23, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Local field trip will be half-day on Saturday, September 13.  Out-of-town field trip to Corpus Christi will be the weekend of September 27-28.
Host: Travis Audubon Society
Location: Austin - TBD upon registration
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Fee: $60 for TAS members; $70 for non-members; Optional Corpus Christi Field Trip $45
prsart@yahoo.com
www.travisaudubon.org

September 13- Kleb Woods Hummingbird Festival
Celebrate the fall migration of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.  Beginning and experienced birdwatchers of all ages can see hummingbirds up close as they are banded, attend lectures on hummingbird behavior and identification, and participate in children’s activities.
Host: Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
Location: 20303 Draper Rd., Tomball, TX 77377
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(281) 357-5324
http://www.pct3.hctx.net/parks/klebwoodsnaturepres.aspx

September 13 – Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza
See Ruby-throated Hummingbirds making their way south for the winter. Hummingbird banding, talks by guest speakers, Nature Store and plant sales
Host: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Location: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Time: 8 a.m. - Noon
Fee: $2 for adults, free for children
(979) 480-0999
www.gcbo.org

September 13 – Extinct Birds
Talk illustrated with slides given by Dr. Wayne Meyer, Associate Professor of Biology at Austin College.
Host: Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
Location: Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 10 a.m.
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

September 13 – Chimney Swift Party at Becker Elementary School
Enjoy the show as Chimney Swifts come in to roost. Birders and non-birders will be entertained. Bring binoculars and lawn cheers.
Host: Travis Audubon Society
Location: Becker Elementary, S. 5th and West Moore.
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
(512) 294-0272
Sheila.hargis@gmail.com

September 18 – Hummingbird Celebration Tour
Buff-bellied, Ruby-throated and Rufous are just a few that can be spotted along with many other species during this half day fall migration tour.
Host: Fennessey Ranch
Location: Fennessey Ranch, Refugio, TX
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Fee: $50/person
Contact: Rockport Fulton Chamber of Commerce (361) 729-6445

September 18 - 21 – HummberBird Celebration
Interesting speakers, great shopping, bus and boat tours as well as self-guided tours of “hummer homes.”  You can also see hummingbirds being banded.
Host: Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
Location: Aransas County ISD School Complex, 1800 Omohundro, Rockport, TX 78382
Time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday
Fee: Free in shopping mall. Tour prices may vary.
(361) 729-6445/ 800-242-0071
www.rockporthummingbird.com

September 20 Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza
See Ruby-throated Hummingbirds making their way south for the winter. Hummingbird banding, talks by guest speakers, Nature Store and plant sales
Host: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Location: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Time: 8 a.m. - Noon
Fee: $2 for adults, free for children
(979) 480-0999
www.gcbo.org

September 27 – Hawk Watch
Red-tailed, Broad-winged, Kites and more can be spotted during this memorable migration.
Host: Fennessey Ranch
Location: Fennessey Ranch, Refugio, TX
Fee: $79/person
Contact: Sally Crofutt or Jeannie Dahl (361) 529-6600

 

OCTOBER

October 18 – Owl Prowl
Celebrate all things owl! Night Hike to call in owls, crafts, nighttime activities, owl pellet exploration and more!
Host: Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Location: 1206 West FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
(469) 526-1980
www.dogwoodcanyon.audubon.org

 

NOVEMBER

November 8 – Birds of Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary
Preserve staff and volunteer birders will lead a birding hike at Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary, a remnant Tallgrass Prairie that is currently undergoing restoration. Prairie historically was influenced by fire and grazing and supports a diverse wildlife community. It is the most altered ecoregion in Texas and only about .04 % of Blackland Prairie remains. Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary has recently held several prescribed burns and serves as a project prairie bird research site. 
Host: Austin Nature Preserves System, Natural Resources Division, City of Austin Parks and Recreation
Location: Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary, 10501 Bloor Road, Austin, TX 78653
Time: 8 am. – 11 a.m.
(512) 974-9461
www.austintexas.gov/department/nature-preserves-0

 

DECEMBER

December 12 - 13 – Breakfast with the Sandhill Cranes
Keanna Leonard, Education Director at the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary (Gibbon, NE) returns to demonstrate common vocalizations, body language and other Sandhill Crane characteristics. After breakfast and the interactive presentation, attendees embark on a special tour of the island's West End to observe the three-to-four foot tall birds, known for their impressive size and bright red cap atop their heads. 
Host: Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council
Location: Moody Garden Golf Course, Galveston Island
Time: 8 a.m. – Noon
Fee: $30/member, $35/non-member
(409) 789-8125
www.gintc.org

December 15 – Balcones Christmas Bird Count
This is an opportunity for you to have access to areas of the Refuge that are not usually open to the public. With expert group leaders like Chuck Sexton, Shelia Hargis and Byron Stone, you can expect to see some excellent birds during the day of the event.
The countdown dinner will be at 6 p.m. at the Sportsman's Cafe (the old Scooters Bend) at 14426 East FM 1431, Marble Falls, TX 78654. Don't let the Marble Falls address confuse you. The restaurant is across FM 1431 from Camp Balcones Springs and there is a convenience store there too.
Host: Travis Audubon Society, Friends of Balcones NWR and Balcones NWR
Location: Balcones NWR
Time: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
balconescbc@gmail.com
http://www.friendsofbalcones.org/cbc

December 20 – Christmas Bird Count
Join in the annual count for the Hagerman Circle; all levels of experience welcome, register at www.friendsofhagerman.com/Activities to participate.
Host: Friends of Hagerman NWR
Location: Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

December 20 – Austin Christmas Bird Count
This is the first day of the count period, and right in the middle of December! It will be exciting to see what that date does to our count totals. 
Location: See www.travisaudubon.org
Time: All Day
austinbc@gmail.com
http://www.austincbc.com/

 

JANUARY 2015

January 1 – Big Day for Wild Bird Rescue
12-hour bird-a-thon in Wichita and surrounding counties to raise money for Wild Bird Rescue, Inc., a 501(c)(3) which provides rehabilitation of wild birds and educational programs about birds to the service area.
Host: Wild Bird Rescue, Inc.
Location: 4611 Lake Shore Drive, Wichita Falls, TX 76310
Time: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(940) 691-0828
www.wildbirdrescueinc.org

January 1 – Bastrop Christmas Bird Count
Held since 1977, Shelia Hargis and Laurie Foss will lead the charge this year. Groups will head out at the direction of their area leaders this year - there will be no meeting in the morning of the entire group. The group lunch will be retired permanently this year. Check with your Area leader to find out whether you need to pack a lunch or will be having lunch in a restaurant.
Host: Travis Audubon Society
Location: See www.travisaudubon.org
Time: All Day
bastropTXcbc@gmail.com
http://www.bastropcbc.com/

January 1 – Christmas Bird Count
Attend the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world & help scientists learn more about birds. Learn birding basics and count birds at the Center’s feeders & trails. Birders of all levels of expertise are welcome and needed. Activities available for the whole family!
Host: Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Location: 1206 West FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(469) 526-1980
www.dogwoodcanyon.audubon.org

January 24 – Winter Birding
Winter is a great time for bird watching in Texas! Learn about the importance of Texas to wintering birds, review bird watching basics and hike the trails & meet Dogwood Canyon’s winter resident birds.
Host: Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Location: 1206 West FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Time: 9 – 11 a.m.
Fee: $25/person; Free for Center members
(469) 526-1980
www.dogwoodcanyon.audubon.org

 

FEBRUARY 2015

February 6 - 8 – Sparrow Fest
Join our talented leaders as they take you to refuge tracts beyond the trails where 'little brown birds' play. Learn how to identify the subtle differences and behavior of Texas wintering sparrows.
Host: Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
Location: Retreat at Balcones Springs
Time: Agenda TBD
Fee: $349 (varies)
(512) 965-2473
www.sparrowfest.org

February 14 – 18th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count
Join thousands of people all across the country in this great tradition of citizen science.
Host: Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Location: 1206 West FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(469) 526-1980
www.dogwoodcanyon.audubon.org

 

MARCH 2015

March 7 – Laguna Vista’s 10th Annual BirdFest and Nature Quest
Guided Birding Tours in immediate neighborhood; Exhibit Booths, Speakers, Raffles
Host: Bay Area Birders, Laguna Vista, Texas
Location: South Padre Island Golf Course Clubhouse
Time: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
(956) 943-2232
www.birdfestnews.com

March 9-13 – Spring Break Bio Blitz
Looking for something fun and educational for you kids over spring break? Join us as we become scientists every day for two hours of fun with fast ecological surveys on birds, trees and more. Crafts and activities for the whole family will be available 9 a.m. –5 p.m.
Host: Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Location: 1206 West FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
(469) 526-1980
www.dogwoodcanyon.audubon.org

 

APRIL 2015

Saturdays/Sundays (excluding Easter Sunday) – Blucher Park Bird Walks
Participants will bird Blucher Park and the expansive lawns behind the two Blucher homes across the street from Blucher Park. If needed, participants will be guided thru the Park and assisted in bird identification.
Host: Audubon Outdoor Club of Corpus Christi
Location: Blucher Park
Time: 7:30 a.m.
(361) 443-0744
www.ccbirding.com

Quintana Spring Fling – Daily
Knowledgeable volunteers and staff on hand will answer your bird questions, keep a daily list, and sell water, snacks, and field guides.
Host: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Location: Quintana Neotropic Bird Sanctuary
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(979) 480-0999
www.gcbo.org

April 9 - 12 – Galveston FeatherFest Birding and Nature Photography Festival
See 200+ species of birds during early spring migration in world-renowned Upper Texas Coast birding hot spots like Bolivar Flats and High Island. Experts lead nature and photography adventures by bus and boat to beach, bay, marsh, coastal prairie, & wood mott habitats.
Host: Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council
Location: Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway, Galveston Island, TX
Time: 5 a.m. and all day
Fee: $10-$125
(832) 459-5599 FeatherFest Hotline
(409) 789-8125 GINTC Office
www.galvestonfeatherfest.com

April 11 – Wild Woman Weekend 2015
Birding 101 based on Flying WILD: An Educator’s Guide to Celebrating Birds. Learn the basics of birding to participate in the fastest growing hobby in the U.S.
Host: Blanco Nonprofit Coalition
Location: Blanco State Park Viewing Station
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Fee: $20 plus event registration fee/registration at the website begins in November
(210) 218-7595
www.wildwomanweekend.org

April 11 – Spring Migration Tours
Enjoy a south Texas spring and tally over 100 species while birding for a full day on a private coastal ranch.
Host: Fennessey Ranch
Location: Fennessey Ranch, Refugio, TX
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $79/person
Contact: Sally Crofutt or Jeannie Dahl (361) 529-6600
www.fennesseyranch.com

April 11 - 12 Attwater's Prairie Chicken Festival
Opportunity to view the critically endangered Attwater's prairie chicken in its native coastal prairie habitat.  
Host: Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge
Location: Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge near Eagle Lake, TX
Time: 7am - 1pm each day
(979)234-3021
www.fws.gov/refuge/attwater_prairie_chicken/

April 18 – Spring Migration Tours
Enjoy a south Texas spring and tally over 100 species while birding for a full day on a private coastal ranch.
Host: Fennessey Ranch
Location: Fennessey Ranch, Refugio, TX
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Fee: $79/person
Contact: Sally Crofutt or Jeannie Dahl (361) 529-6600
www.fennesseyranch.com

April 18 – Birding By Ear
Learn to identify birds by the beautiful songs they sing.
Host: Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Location: 1206 West FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Time: 9 – 11 a.m.
Fee: $25/person, Free for Center members.
(469) 526-1980
www.dogwoodcanyon.audubon.org

April 18 – Vida Verde Earth Day Celebration
Participate in the BIGGEST earth day festival in the Rio Grande Valley! Complete with live raptors, a rock climbing wall, nature art, food stands, live music and more, there is something for the whole family!
Host: Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center
Location: 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen TX 78505
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fee: $3 adults, $2 children/seniors
(956) 681-3370

April 24-27 – Balcones Songbird Festival
Attend the 15th annual Balcones Songbird Festival! See the endangered golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo and many other migrating species. Take a guided tour with wildlife experts who can help you see the endangered songbirds, unique native plants and wildlife and the natural habitat of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge.
Host: Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
Location: Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
Time: TBD
Fee: Varies, but there are some free events.
Balconessongbirdfestival.org

 

CALL FOR RESERVATIONS

Custom Bird Watching Tour      
Pack a picnic and go where the birds are with a personal and experienced guide.
Host: Fennessey Ranch   
Location: Fennessey Ranch, Refugio, TX                     
Fee: $110.00/ person, 2 person minimum          
Contact: Sally Crofutt or Jeannie Dahl (361) 529-6600
www.fennesseyranch.com

Photograph Fennessey’s Feathered Friends           
Spend a full day in one of our phenomenal baited birding photography blinds and capture an owl, painted bunting or shorebird.
Host: Fennessey Ranch   
Location: Fennessey Ranch, Refugio, TX                     
Fee: $110.00/ person, per day. Memberships available.         
Contact: Sally Crofutt or Jeannie Dahl 361-529-6600
www.fennesseyranch.com



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