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2016-17 Birding Calendar

Compiled by Liz Tomberlin

Texas has some of the best birding in the world, boasting over 644 species, many of which can only be found in the Lone Star State. So grab your binoculars, get out, and join the fun! Beginning and experienced birders alike are invited to attend the community events below and increase their life list.

In addition to these events, a regularly updated calendar of events hosted at Texas Parks and Wildlife facilities can be found online (www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar). 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

Winged Wonders Exhibit: August 1 – October 30
Explore the magic of Winged Wonders as the flowers of the Garden welcome birds, butterflies, and other pollinators. Monarch butterflies and hummingbirds are the main focus of the exhibit.
Host:  San Antonio Botanical Garden
Location:  555 Funston Place, San Antonio, TX 78209
Time:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fee: $10/adult, $7/child (Members free)
(210) 536-1400
www.sabot.org

Smith Point Hawk Watch: August 1 – November 15
See 20+ species of raptors – enjoy coastal wilderness and learn about the southward migration of millions of raptors, one of the great spectacles of the natural world.
Host: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Location: Candy Abshier Wildlife Management Area; Smith Point, TX
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fee: Free
(979) 480-0999
www.gcbo.org

Birding on the Boardwalk: Every Wednesday
Weekly guided birding tours are offered free of charge for anyone, novice to expert, with local guide Nan Dietert.
Host: Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center
Location: Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, Ross Ave., Port Aransas, TX 78373
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
(800) 45-COAST (452-6278)
www.cityofportaransas.org/Leonabelle_Turnbull_Birding_Center.cfm

Speaker Social: Second Thursday, September – May
Well-known speakers giving educational talks and valuable birding information.
Host: Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society
Location: Harlingen Public Library auditorium
Time: 6:30 pm
Fee: Free
(956) 428-2603, please leave a message
www.arroyocoloradoaububon.org 

Early Birds: First Friday Every Month
Bring your binoculars and join a naturalist for a leisurely walk in search of birds. We will help you identify birds by sight and sound. Pre-registration only hike, call to register. All hikes are the first Friday of the month with the exception of September’s hike, which will be held on September 9.
Host: Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Location: Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Time: 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Fee: $5.00 for non-members, free for members
(817) 392-7410
www.fwnaturecenter.org

Hornsby Bend Monthly Bird Count: Second Saturday Every Month
Help count birds at Austin’s premier birding site. All levels of birders are welcome; the survey is a great way to improve your skills since we form teams matching experienced and novice birders.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory, 2210 FM 973, Austin, TX 78725
Time: 7:00 am – 11:30 am
Fee: Free
(512) 972-1960
www.hornsbybend.org

Beginner's Birdwalk Short: Second Saturday Every Month
Regularly scheduled birdwalk for beginners and newcomers to the area. Binoculars to lend out.
Host: San Antonio Audubon Society
Location: Judson Nature Trails, 246 Viesca St., Alamo Heights, TX 78209
Time: 7:30 am June – Aug., 8:00 am Sept. – May
Fee: Free
www.saaudubon.org

Birding Field Trip: Saturday Following the Second Thursday Every Month
Birding with knowledgeable birders in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Host: Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society
Location: Leaves from Hugh Ramsey Nature Park in Harlingen
Time: 7:30 am
Fee: Free for members, $5.00 for non-members
(361) 676-6416
www.arroyocoloradoaububon.org 

Hornsby Bend Monthly Bird Walk: Third Saturday, January – November
Join us for a bird walk at Austin’s premier birding site. The fieldtrip leader always is a gifted birder who knows Hornsby Bend well, so you are bound to get a promised 50 species minimum and explore new parts of Hornsby Bend.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory, 2210 FM 973, Austin, TX 78725
Time: 7:30 am – 11:00 am
Fee: Free
(512) 972-1960
www.hornsbybend.org

Monthly Birding & Nature Hike: Third Saturday Every Month
Join Hill Country Conservancy at one of their monthly birding and nature hikes on the Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve situated on the banks of Lake Austin. This property is not only an environmental treasure, but an important habitat restoration project as well. The preserve consists of five major habitat types including a juniper-oak woodland, a deciduous woodland, a sandy prairie, a mixed-species parkland, and riparian corridor along the Colorado River. You must register online to attend.
Host: Hill Country Conservancy
Location: Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve
Time: 8:00 am – 10:30 am (July – Sept.), 9:00 am – 11:30 am (Oct. – May)
Fee: $5.00
(512) 328-2481
www.hillcountryconservancy.org/monthly-hikes

Bird Banding: Third Saturday Every Month
Join banders as we 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. The GCBO Nature Store will also be open.
Host: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Location: 299 Hwy 332 W., Lake Jackson, TX 77566
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fee: Free
(979) 480-0999
www.gcbo.org

Birder Patrol: Fourth Saturday Every Month
An informal field trip to the less-visited birding areas of the Valley; sometimes the trip is centered around reported rarities.
Host: Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society (ACAS)
Location: Varies, location announced a week before trip via Texbirds
Time:  Varies, time announced a week before trip via Texbirds
Fee: $5.00
(619) 981-3201
http://arroyocoloradoaudubon.org

Kleb Woods Wednesday Bird Walks: Every Wednesday
Beginning and experienced birdwatchers of all ages are welcome to join our weekly bird walks through wooded trails and seasonal wetlands to our hawk tower, feeding stations, etc. We meet at the nature center, cover about 1.5-2 miles, and then tally up the species and number of individuals seen.
Host: Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
Location: Kleb Woods Nature Preserve, 20303 Draper Rd., Tomball, TX 77377
Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am (June – Aug.), 8:30 am – 11:30 am (Sept. – May)
Fee: Free
(281) 357-5324
www.pct3.com/parks/kleb-park

Tram Tours: Every Saturday and Sunday
Enjoy a 90-minute tour to view in-season migratory and resident birds on an open air, all electric tram. Tram seats 9 (13 with children), and reservations are required. Tram tours do not run on Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31, Jan. 1 and March 26.
Host: Friends of Hagerman NWR
Location: Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Rd., Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 2:00 pm
Fee: Free, donations accepted for tram maintenance
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

AUGUST

Aug. 27: Chimney Swift Party in South Austin
Bring your family, friends and neighbors and join us for an evening of urban birding and socializing with birding friends. Lawn chairs and binoculars are recommended.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location Where Event Takes Place: TBA, check website
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Fee: Free
(512) 300-2473
http://travisaudubon.org/audubonevent/chimney-swift-party-in-south-austin

Aug. 27: Swift Fest
Celebrate the small migratory birds that make the City of Jonestown their seasonal home! Under the cool shade of oak trees, enjoy nature-themed activities for families and children, live music, vendors and marvel at the sight of the swifts’ tornado-like return to their cistern home.
Host: City of Jonestown, the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location: Fireman's Park in Jonestown
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Fee: None
(512) 339-9432
www.swiftfest-jonestown.com

Aug. 28: Commons Ford Monthly Bird Walk
Join us for a field trip focusing on the birds that breed at Commons Ford and their behavior. Spaces limited, registration required.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park, 614 Commons Ford Rd., Austin, TX 78733
Time: 7:30 am – 11:30 am
Fee: Free
(512) 300-2473
http://travisaudubon.org/audubonevent/field-trip-commons-ford-monthly-bird-walk-with-shelia-hargis-2

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 4: Young Birders Club: Fall Migrants
Join Travis Audubon Youth member Sebastian Casarez on a bird walk to learn about fall migrants. Open to all ages, registration required.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Devine Lake Park, 1807 Waterfall Ave., Leander, TX 78641
Time: 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Fee: Free for Travis Audubon members and first-time attendees
(512) 300-2473
http://travisaudubon.org/audubonevent/young-birders-club-fall-bird-migrants

Sept. 6, 20, 27: Fall Warblers Class
Learn to identify warblers. There will be three evening class sessions (Sept 6, 20, 27, 7-9pm), one Saturday local field trip (Sept 24), and an optional out-of-town field trip to Corpus Christi (Sept 30-Oct 2).
Host: Travis Audubon
Location Where Event Takes Place: TBA
Event Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Fee: $70 members, $100 non-members
(512) 300-2473
http://travisaudubon.org/audubonevent/class-fall-warblers-2

Sept. 10 & 17: Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza
See hummers up close and personal, youth and adult learning experiences, symbolic hummingbird adoptions, native plant sales, and Nature Store. Informative talks both Saturdays.
Host: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Location: 299 Hwy 332 W., Lake Jackson, TX 77566
Time: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Fee: $2 for adults, kids free
(979) 480-0999
www.gcbo.org

Sept. 10: Mediterranean Feast at Chaetura Canyon
Join us for a delicious feast while watching Chimney Swifts come to roost. Spaces limited, registration required.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Chaetura Canyon Sanctuary
Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fee: $75 members, $100 non-members
(512) 300-2473
http://travisaudubon.org/audubonevent/mediterranean-feast-at-chaetura-canyon

Sept. 10: Kleb Woods Hummingbird Festival
People of all ages can see hummingbirds up close and learn about them as they are banded. Houston Audubon Society raptors will be on display throughout the day and there will be activities for young and old.
Host: Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
Location: Kleb Woods Nature Preserve, 20303 Draper Rd., Tomball, TX 77377
Time: 09:00 AM-3:00 PM
Fee: Free
(281) 357-5324
www.pct3.com/parks/kleb-park

Sept. 11: Young Birders Club: Birds with Eric Carpenter
Birding expert Eric Carpenter will lead TAS Young Birders Club Members for a walk and talk about the birds of Hornsby Bend. For Young Birders ages 9–16, register by September 1.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory, 2210 FM 973, Austin, TX 78725
Event Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Fee: Free for Travis Audubon members
(512) 300-2473
http://travisaudubon.org/audubonevent/young-birders-club-birds-with-eric-carpenter

Sept. 15: Travis Audubon Sponsored Talk with Amy Belaire
What do birds need to thrive in a city? Join Amy Belaire from Wild Basin as she talks about her research on urban birds and habitat.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Hyde Park Christian Church, 610 East 45th St., Austin 78751
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fee: Free
(512) 300-2473
www.travisaudubon.org

Sept. 15 – 18: HummerBird Celebration
Rockport celebrates the tiny winged ones with a reception, workshops, HummerBird Malls, bus and boat tours, exhibits, banding, and lectures presented by world-renowned experts.
Host: Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
Location: Lectures and Hummer Malls are located at Rockport-Fulton High School and Middle School. HummerBird Celebration events are held through-out the entire county of Aransas and surrounding areas.
Time: Varies with event, from 6:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fee: Varies, some events are free. See website for event costs.
(361) 729-6445
www.rockporthummingbird.com

Sept. 17: Baker Sanctuary Saturday Hike           
Baker Sanctuary is a 715-acre preserve dedicated to protecting the Golden-cheeked Warbler. These hikes are open to Travis Audubon members only.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Baker Sanctuary, 12219 Lime Creek Rd., Leander, TX 78641
Event Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Fee: Free for Travis Audubon members
(512) 219-8425
http://travisaudubon.org/audubonevent/baker-sanctuary-saturday-hikes-3

Sept. 22: Bear Creek Pioneers Park Monthly Bird Walk
Beginning and experienced birdwatchers of all ages are welcome to join our weekly bird walks to look for resident and seasonal birds as well as some of the more notable species there, like Greater Pewee. We meet at Bear Creek Community Center and then drive to various locations in Bear Creek Park.
Host: Bear Creek Pioneers Park
Location: Bear Creek Community Center, 3055 Bear Creek Dr, Houston, TX 77084
Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Fee: Free
(281) 357-5324
www.pct3.com/parks/bear%2Dcreek%2Dpark

OCTOBER

Oct. 1: Chimney Swift Party in North Austin
Bring your family, friends and neighbors and join us for an evening of urban birding and socializing with birding friends. Lawn chairs and binoculars are recommended.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: TBA, check website
Time: 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Cost of Entry (if any): Free
(512) 300-2473
http://travisaudubon.org/audubonevent/chimney-swift-party-in-north-austin

Oct. 2: Young Birders Club: Woodpeckers of Central Texas
Join Travis Audubon Youth member Sebastian Casarez on a bird walk to learn about woodpeckers. Open to all ages, registration required.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Wells Branch Mills Pond, 15108 Wells Port Dr., Austin, TX 78728
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Fee: Free for Travis Audubon Members and first-time attendees
(512) 300-2473
http://travisaudubon.org/audubonevent/young-birders-club-woodpeckers-of-central-texas

Oct. 8: Early Bird Guided Walk at Hagerman NWR
Expert birders lead walk on one of the five trails at Hagerman NWR, weather permitting; bring binoculars or borrow ours.  Dress for outdoors and meet at Visitor Center.
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location:  Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Rd., Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

Oct. 8: Baker Sanctuary Restoration Day
Baker Sanctuary is a 715-acre preserve dedicated to protecting the Golden-cheeked Warbler. Help restore the habitat and maintain trails.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Baker Sanctuary, 12219 Lime Creek Rd, Leander, TX 78641
Time: 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Fee: Free
(512) 219-8425
http://travisaudubon.org/audubonevent/baker-sanctuary-volunteer-work-day-6

Oct. 8: Victor Emanuel Conservation Award Luncheon
Travis Audubon’s Conservation Award is named for Victor Emanuel, who has been a pioneer in ecotourism and conservation. This year we honor Valarie Bristol for her work with Travis County, which includes helping establish the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Austin Country Club, 4408 Longchamp Drive, Austin, TX 78746
Time: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Fee: $125 for individual tickets
(512) 300-2473
http://travisaudubon.org/feature/victor-emanuel-conservation-award-luncheon

Oct. 9: Young Birders Club: Native Plants with NPSOT
Join guest speakers Jane Tillman and Paul Montgomery of the Native Plant Society to learn about native habitats for birds. Must be a Young Birders Club member and registered by October 1.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Mayfield Park, 3505 W. 35th St., Austin, TX 78703
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Fee: Free for Travis Audubon members
(512) 300-2473
http://travisaudubon.org/audubonevent/young-birders-club-native-plants-with-jane-tillman

Oct. 20: Travis Audubon Sponsored Talk with Eric Carpenter
Ocean wanderers are in Eric Carpenter’s sights as he speaks about pelagic birds.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Hyde Park Christian Church, 610 East 45th St., Austin, TX 78751
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fee: Free
(512) 300-2473
www.travisaudubon.org

Oct. 23: Young Birders Club Fall Community Service: Nest Boxes
Young Birders Club members will learn to make nest boxes and distribute them to the local community.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: TBA
Event Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Fee: Free for Travis Audubon members
(512) 300-2473
http://travisaudubon.org/audubonevent/young-birders-club-fall-community-service-project-nest-boxes

Oct. 27: Bear Creek Pioneers Park Monthly Bird Walk
Beginning and experienced birdwatchers of all ages are welcome to join our weekly bird walks to look for resident and seasonal birds as well as some of the more notable species there, like Greater Pewee. We meet at Bear Creek Community Center and then drive to various locations in Bear Creek Park.
Host: Bear Creek Pioneers Park
Location: Bear Creek Community Center, 3055 Bear Creek Dr, Houston, TX 77084
Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Fee: Free
(281) 357-5324
www.pct3.com/parks/bear%2Dcreek%2Dpark

NOVEMBER

Nov. 2 – 6: Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival
Field trips, professional guides, renowned speakers, trade show, and socials make this festival one of the premier birding festivals in the country.
Host:  Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival and City of Harlingen
Location: Harlingen, TX
Event Time: 6:00 am – 7:00 pm (exact times depend on activities selected)
Fee: Free - $95.00, depending on activities selected
(209) 227-4823
http://rgvbf.org

Nov. 6: Young Birders Club: Ducks and Geese
Join us for a bird walk to learn to identify ducks and geese. Open to all ages, registration required.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin, TX 78723
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Fee: Free for Travis Audubon members and first-time attendees
(512) 300-2473
http://travisaudubon.org/audubonevent/young-birders-club-identifying-ducks-and-geese

Nov. 12: Early Bird Guided Walk at Hagerman NWR
Expert birders lead walk on one of the five trails at Hagerman NWR, weather permitting; bring binoculars or borrow ours.  Dress for outdoors and meet at Visitor Center.
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location:  Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Rd., Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

Nov. 13: Young Birders Club: Tree Walk with TreeFolks
Join guest speaker Audrey Stewart of TreeFolks to learn about local trees. Must be a Young Birders Club member and registered by November 1.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Pease Park, 1100 Kingsbury St, Austin, TX 78705
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Fee: Free for Travis Audubon members
(512) 300-2473
www.travisaudubon.org/audubonevent/young-birders-club-tree-walk-with-audrey-stewart

Nov. 17: Travis Audubon Sponsored Talk with the Texas Landscape Project Authors, David Todd and Jonathan Ogren
Ever wonder how the ecology and conservation of Texas has changed as our state has grown and developed? Find out from the authors of this recently released book, published by Texas A&M Press!
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Hyde Park Christian Church, 610 East 45th St., Austin, TX 78751
Event Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fee: Free
(512) 300-2473
www.travisaudubon.org

Nov. 17: Bear Creek Pioneers Park Monthly Bird Walk
Beginning and experienced birdwatchers of all ages are welcome to join our weekly bird walks to look for resident and seasonal birds as well as some of the more notable species there, like Greater Pewee. We meet at Bear Creek Community Center and then drive to various locations in Bear Creek Park.
Host: Bear Creek Pioneers Park
Location: Bear Creek Community Center, 3055 Bear Creek Dr, Houston, TX 77084
Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Fee: Free
(281) 357-5324
www.pct3.com/parks/bear%2Dcreek%2Dpark

DECEMBER

Dec. 2: Annual Open House and Holiday Sale
Our Nature Store will offer exciting gifts for all ages. Shop knowing you are supporting bird conservation! It’s a special tax-free shopping day! All guests save 8.25%; Members save 18.25%.
Host: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Location: 299 Hwy 332 W., Lake Jackson, TX 77566
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fee: Free
(979) 480-0999
www.gcbo.org

Dec. 4: Young Birders Club: Winter Migrants
Join us for a bird walk by Travis Audubon Youth member Sebastian Casarez to learn about winter bird migrants. Open to all ages, registration required.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory, 2210 FM 973, Austin, TX 78725
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Fee: Free for Travis Audubon members and first-time attendees
(512) 300-2473
http://travisaudubon.org/audubonevent/young-birders-club-winter-bird-migrants

Dec. 10 – 11: Holiday with the Cranes
Spend a wild weekend in Galveston celebrating the island’s wintering flocks of Sandhill Cranes and other winter birds at our annual Holiday with the Cranes. A weekend experience like no other, it’s chock-full of indoor and outdoor birding activities!
Host: Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council
Location: Moody Gardens Golf Course and other locations on Galveston Island
Time: Varies, includes morning, afternoon and evening activities
Cost of Entry (if any): Varies depending on activity
(409) 789-8125
www.GalvestonNatureTourism.org

Dec. 10: Baker Sanctuary Restoration Day
Baker Sanctuary is a 715-acre preserve dedicated to protecting the Golden-cheeked Warbler. Help restore the habitat and maintain trails.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Baker Sanctuary, 12219 Lime Creek Rd, Leander, TX 78641
Time: 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Fee: Free
(512) 219-8425
http://travisaudubon.org/audubonevent/baker-sanctuary-volunteer-work-day-7

Dec. 11: Young Birders Club: Monk Parakeets with Janet Reed
Join guest speaker Dr. Janet Reed to learn about Monk Parakeets. Must be a Young Birders Club member and registered by December 1.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location Where Event Takes Place: TBA
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Fee: Free for Travis Audubon members
(512) 300-2473
http://travisaudubon.org/audubonevent/young-birders-club-monk-parakeets-with-janet-reed

Dec. 17: Christmas Bird Count at Hagerman NWR
Join in the annual Audubon Christmas count, for the Hagerman Circle; volunteer for half or all day. Count social/snack supper served at 5 pm.
Host: Friends of Hagerman NWR
Location: Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, 6465 Refuge Rd., Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

Dec. 22: Bear Creek Pioneers Park Monthly Bird Walk
Beginning and experienced birdwatchers of all ages are welcome to join our weekly bird walks to look for resident and seasonal birds as well as some of the more notable species there, like Greater Pewee. We meet at Bear Creek Community Center and then drive to various locations in Bear Creek Park.
Host: Bear Creek Pioneers Park
Location: Bear Creek Community Center, 3055 Bear Creek Dr., Houston, TX 77084
Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Fee: Free
(281) 357-5324
www.pct3.com/parks/bear%2Dcreek%2Dpark

JANUARY 2017

Jan. 14: Early Bird Guided Walk at Hagerman NWR
Expert birders lead walk on one of the five trails at Hagerman NWR, weather permitting; bring binoculars or borrow ours.  Dress for outdoors and meet at Visitor Center.
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location:  Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Rd., Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

Jan. 19: Travis Audubon Sponsored Talk with nature photographer Greg Lasley
Famed photographer Greg Lasley captures the high points of birding in Big Bend.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Hyde Park Christian Church, 610 East 45th St., Austin, TX 78751
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fee: Free
(512) 300-2473
www.travisaudubon.org

Jan. 24: Introduction to Birds of South Texas, 1-day Short Course
Residents and Winter Texans learn how to identify birds found in South Texas during winter months, with noted birder, naturalist, author and educator Gene Blacklock. 
Host: South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
Location: 8545 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi, TX 78413
Time: Class from 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Field Trip from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fee: $60 non-members, $45 members.  Prepaid Registration required by Jan. 21.
General Questions: (361) 852-2100, Curriculum Questions: (361) 558-1829
www.stxbot.org

Jan. 26: Bear Creek Pioneers Park Monthly Bird Walk
Beginning and experienced birdwatchers of all ages are welcome to join our weekly bird walks to look for resident and seasonal birds as well as some of the more notable species there, like Greater Pewee. We meet at Bear Creek Community Center and then drive to various locations in Bear Creek Park.
Host: Bear Creek Pioneers Park
Location: Bear Creek Community Center, 3055 Bear Creek Dr, Houston, TX 77084
Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Fee: Free
(281) 357-5324
www.pct3.com/parks/bear%2Dcreek%2Dpark

FEBRUARY 2017

Feb. 3 – 4: Winter Finch/Sparrow ID, Natural History, 2-day Short Course           
Intermediate and advanced birders learn why South Texas is a North American leader for diversity of winter finches and sparrows, with emphasis on seasonality and habitat, with noted birder, naturalist, author and educator Gene Blacklock. 
Host: South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
Location: 8545 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi, TX 78413
Time: Class on February 3, 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm, Field Trip on February 4, 7:15 am – 3:00 pm
Fee: $60 non-members, $45 members.  Prepaid Registration required by January 31. 
General Questions: (361) 852-2100, Curriculum Questions: (361) 558-1829
www.stxbot.org

Feb. 7, 14 & 21: Intermediate South Texas Winter Bird Identification, 3-day Short Course
Learn identification and natural history of South Texas birds in winter (basic plumage), including common characteristics of bird groups—songbirds, waterfowl and birds of prey, with noted birder, naturalist, educator and author Gene Blacklock.
Host: South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
Location: 8545 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi, TX 78413
Time: Feb. 7: Class 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Field Trip 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm; Feb. 14 and 21: Field Trip 7:15 am – 12:30 pm, Class 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fee: $110 non-members, $95 members. Prepaid Registration required by Feb. 4.
General Questions: (361) 852-2100, Curriculum Questions: (361) 558-1829
www.stxbot.org

Feb. 8 – 11: Laredo Birding Festival
Come bird on the border! We invite you to join us for our 5th annual Laredo Birding Festival, as we bird Laredo hotspots and dozens of scenic South Texas ranches. The Laredo Birding Festival offers birders an opportunity to explore and observe hundreds of species of birds, with a professional field guide on our small and intimate custom-tailored trips.
Host: Rio Grande International Study Center, Monte Mucho Audubon Society and Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau
Location: Laredo, TX
Event Time: 3.5-day festival that starts with a mixer on Wed. evening, with trips starting early in the morning on Thurs., Fri. and Sat. Concludes with a keynote banquet. 
Fee: $80 1-day package, $150 2-day package, $220 3 day package (all-inclusive packages that include breakfast, lunch, drinks, snacks, transportation, ranch entrance fees, professional field guide)
(956) 718-1063
www.laredobirdingfestival.com

Feb. 11: Early Bird Guided Walk at Hagerman NWR
Expert birders lead walk on one of the five trails at Hagerman NWR, weather permitting; bring binoculars or borrow ours.  Dress for outdoors and meet at Visitor Center.
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location:  Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Rd., Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

Feb. 16: Travis Audubon Sponsored Talk with Hopeless Woodpecker Fanatic, Steve Shunk
Join Steve Shunk as he explores the wonderful wonderland of woodpeckers.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Hyde Park Christian Church, 610 East 45th St., Austin, TX 78751
Event Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fee: Free
(512) 300-2473
www.travisaudubon.org

Feb. 23: Bear Creek Pioneers Park Monthly Bird Walk
Beginning and experienced birdwatchers of all ages are welcome to join our weekly bird walks to look for resident and seasonal birds as well as some of the more notable species there, like Greater Pewee. We meet at Bear Creek Community Center and then drive to various locations in Bear Creek Park.
Host: Bear Creek Pioneers Park
Location: Bear Creek Community Center, 3055 Bear Creek Dr, Houston, TX 77084
Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Fee: Free
(281) 357-5324
www.pct3.com/parks/bear%2Dcreek%2Dpark

Feb. 23 – 26: Whooping Crane Festival
Get your binoculars and checklists ready! The Coastal Bend is the only spot in the United States where the endangered Whooping Crane can be viewed at close range, and the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce celebrates this astonishing natural wonder with an annual festival honoring these grand birds. Birding tours by land and sea are highlights during the festival. Other activities include a trade-show with optics, paintings, photography and one of a kind gift items, presentations from world-renowned speakers at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, photography workshops and a variety of field trips
Host: Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce
Location: Various locations in Port Aransas, TX
Time: Varies
Fee: $20 registration fee; separate fees for tours and fieldtrips
(361) 749-5919
www.whoopingcranefestival.org

MARCH 2017

March 5 – April 30: Advanced Field Bird Identification: Class & Field Trip Series
A course for more experienced birders, including more detailed characteristics of bird groups, including songbirds, waterfowl and birds of prey, with noted birder, naturalist, educator and author Gene Blacklock.
Host: Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
Location: 8545 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi, TX 78413
Time: Class from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm on March 5, 12, 26 and April 9, 23, 30; Field Trips from 7:15 am – 3:00 pm on April 8 and 29
Fee: $185 non-members (includes 1-yr Botanical Gardens membership), $150 members. Prepaid Registration required by March 2.
General Questions: (361) 852-2100, Curriculum Questions (361) 558-1829
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March 11: Early Bird Guided Walk at Hagerman NWR
Expert birders lead walk on one of the five trails at Hagerman NWR, weather permitting; bring binoculars or borrow ours.  Dress for outdoors and meet at Visitor Center.
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location:  Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Rd., Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

March 23: Bear Creek Pioneers Park Monthly Bird Walk
Beginning and experienced birdwatchers of all ages are welcome to join our weekly bird walks to look for resident and seasonal birds as well as some of the more notable species there, like Greater Pewee. We meet at Bear Creek Community Center and then drive to various locations in Bear Creek Park.
Host: Bear Creek Pioneers Park
Location: Bear Creek Community Center, 3055 Bear Creek Dr, Houston, TX 77084
Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Fee: Free
(281) 357-5324
www.pct3.com/parks/bear%2Dcreek%2Dpark

March 31: Austroriparian “Big Thicket” Safari, led by Gene Blacklock
See some of the most fascinating and beautiful flora and birds in “Big Thicket” and upper Texas Coast, land of cypress, tupelo and bay gall swamps, southern evergreen forests, deciduous forests, savannahs and Georgia cane.  Emphasis will be finding and seeing all birds endemic to this region—whistling duck, bitterns, glossy ibis, swallow-tailed kite, purple gallinule, woodpeckers, flycatchers and more. 
Host: South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
Location: 8545 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi, TX 78413
Time: Class on March 31, 6:15pm –9:15 pm, Field Trip on April 17 – 22
Fee: $675 non-members, $625 members
General Questions: (361) 852-2100, Trip Details: (361) 558-1829
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APRIL 2017

April 1 – 30: Spring Fling
The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory will host a month-long spring migration event. Staff and volunteers present each day 9am to 4pm. Bird walks and beginning bird id help, list of birds seen daily. Come see what migrants are arriving from wintering grounds.
Host: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Location: Quintana Sanctuaries, Quintana Island, TX 77541
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fee: Free, donations encouraged
(979) 480-0999
www.gcbo.org

April 6 – 9: Galveston FeatherFest Birding & Nature Photography Festival
Mark your calendar now to attend the 15th annual FeatherFest - the largest birding festival on the Upper Texas Coast! With over 100 field trips, workshops, social events, and a family program, there's something for everyone at one of the top locations in the country for birding.
Host: Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council
Location: 4700 Broadway (Festival HQ), Galveston Island
Event Time: Varies, includes morning, afternoon and evening activities
Fee: Varies depending on activity
(832) 459-5533
www.GalvestonFeatherFest.com

April 8: Early Bird Guided Walk at Hagerman NWR
Expert birders lead walk on one of the five trails at Hagerman NWR, weather permitting; bring binoculars or borrow ours.  Dress for outdoors and meet at Visitor Center.
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location:  Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Rd., Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

April 8 – 9: Attwater's Prairie Chicken Festival
Experience the beautiful courtship dance of the Attwater's prairie chicken in their natural coastal prairie habitat.
Host: Friends of Attwater Prairie Chicken Refuge
Location:  Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge, 7 miles northeast of Eagle Lake, TX
Time: 7:00 am – 1:30 pm
Fee: Free
(979) 234-3021
www.fws.gov/refuge/attwater_prairie_chicken

April 20: Travis Audubon Monthly Sponsored Talk with Award-Winning Historian and Author, Douglas Brinkley
In his new book, Rightful Heritage, Brinkley examines the surprising environmental legacy of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: Hyde Park Christian Church, 610 East 45th St., Austin, TX 78751
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fee: Free
(512) 300-2473
www.travisaudubon.org

April 20 – 23: Hill Country Nature Quest
During Nature Quest you'll enjoy learning about Texas Hill Country birds, small cavity nesters, bluebirds, raptors, hummingbirds, bats, butterflies, insects, champion big trees, natural history, native plants, useful & medicinal plants, wildflowers, invasive plants, and how to make your own backyard a wildlife habitat. Diverse vegetation and wildlife, monumental trees on the National Registry of Big Trees, the world's second largest Mexican free-tailed bat population, plants & flowers found only in the Hill Country, rare and endangered species of birds such as the Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo are just a few reasons why...the Hill Country River Region is a perfect backdrop for your Nature Quest Adventure!
Host: Hill Country Adventures
Location: Hill Country Nature Center
Event Time: 4 Days, Times TBA
Fee: $10 registration, plus small fee for each fieldtrip or program you sign up for
(830) 966-2320
www.hillcountrynaturequest.com

April 20 – 23: Birdiest Festival in North America
Take in seminars, vendors and demonstrations on-site during day. Optional field trips allow birders to explore great birding sites around the Texas Coastal Bend to discover why Corpus Christi was named the Birdiest City in America 10 years running.
Host: South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center         
Location: 8545 S. Staples, Corpus Christi, TX 78413
Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Field Trips at various times
Fee: $35 basic registration fee, plus optional field trips fees
(361) 852-2100
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April 22: 24th Annual Wills Point Bluebird Festival
Annual festival held in the “bluebird capital of Texas”. Features arts and crafts, carnival, pageant, car show and kid zone. Texas Bluebird Society hosts a bluebird information booth and free guided bus tours to Lake Tawakoni State Park.
Host: The Wills Point Bluebird Festival Association
Location: Downtown Wills Point, Texas 
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fee: Free
Phone:
www.wpbluebirdfestival.org

April 27: Bear Creek Pioneers Park Monthly Bird Walk
Beginning and experienced birdwatchers of all ages are welcome to join our weekly bird walks to look for resident and seasonal birds as well as some of the more notable species there, like Greater Pewee. We meet at Bear Creek Community Center and then drive to various locations in Bear Creek Park.
Host: Bear Creek Pioneers Park
Location: Bear Creek Community Center, 3055 Bear Creek Dr, Houston, TX 77084
Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Fee: Free
(281) 357-5324
www.pct3.com/parks/bear%2Dcreek%2Dpark

April 28 – 30: Wings Over The Hills Nature Festival
A full schedule of birding field trips, lectures, photography workshop, Raptor Program as well as children’s activities. Special guest speaker and field trip leader Dorian Anderson  (Biking for Birds).
Host: Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center
Location: Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, Fredericksburg, TX
Time: Friday 7:00 am – Sunday 6:00 am
Fee: Varies
(830) 998-1927
www.wingstx.org

May 2017

May 13: Early Bird Guided Walk at Hagerman NWR
Expert birders lead walk on one of the five trails at Hagerman NWR, weather permitting; bring binoculars or borrow ours.  Dress for outdoors and meet at Visitor Center.
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location:  Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Rd., Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

June

June 3: Advanced Birding Specialties: Dynamics of Migration
Explore timing of migration and range deviations of various species, related to climate and other environmental developments, with noted birder and naturalist Gene Blacklock.
Host: South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
Location: 8545 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi, TX 78413
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fee: $30 non-members, $25 members, Prepaid Registration required by May 30
(361) 852-2100
www.stxbot.org

June 5 – 9: Summer Bird Camp
Each day of Camp features a variety of outdoor learning experiences including: bird identification; bird communication; nature sketching; wetland critters, and scientific methodology. Learn all the basics of ornithology. For 8-11 year olds
Host: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Location: 299 Hwy 332 W., Lake Jackson, TX 77566
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Fee: $150, scholarships available
(979) 480-0999
www.gcbo.org

July

Fridays and Saturdays: Purple Martin Parties
Austin has a major roosting site for Purple Martins every summer. Watch hundreds of thousands of birds come in to roost! Every Friday and Saturday in July except July 1.
Host: Travis Audubon
Location: To be determined by the birds
Event Time: 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Fee: Free
(512) 300-2473
http://travisaudubon.org/purple-martin-parties



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