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2017-18 Birding Calendar

Compiled by Liz Tomberlin

Texas has some of the best birding in the world, boasting more than 645 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

Smith Point Hawk Watch: August 1 – November 15
Come experience the fall migration of south bound raptors of some 20 species including kites, hawks, falcons, and vultures at the hawk watch tower.
Host: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Location: Smith Point Hawk Watch at the Abshier Wildlife Management Area, Smith Point, TX
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fee: Free (donations accepted) 
(979) 480-0999
www.gcbo.org

Bentsen Hawk Watch: September 1 – October 31              
Birds of prey are important indicators of the overall health of our environment. Bentsen’s annual spring and fall Hawk Watch contribute to HawkCount, a long-term study that monitors raptor population trends and is the world’s largest standardized raptor migration count network. Ride our Park Tram and meet us at the Hawk Tower and remember to bring your binoculars, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and drinking water.
Host: World Birding Center
Location: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Time: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Fee: $5 ages 13 and up
(956) 584-9156
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/bentsen-rio-grande-valley
theworldbirdingcenter.com 

Blacklock’s Beginning Bird ID Series: Sept. 18 – Nov. 4 (6 Evening Classes and 2 Field Trips)
This series is designed for those with little or no field experience who wish to learn more about bird identification. With noted and entertaining birder, naturalist, author, and educator, Gene Blacklock. Monday Evening Classes:  Sept. 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23; Saturday Field Trips: Oct. 21, Nov. 4.                       
Host: South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
Location: 8545 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi TX 78413
Time: 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm (class); field trip times vary                  
Fee: $150 members; $185 others (includes a 1-yr single membership). Prepaid registration by Sept. 15.
(361) 852-2100
www.stxbot.org

Bentsen Hawk Watch: March 1 – April 31
Birds of prey are important indicators of the overall health of our environment. Bentsen’s annual spring and fall Hawk Watch contribute to HawkCount, a long-term study that monitors raptor population trends and is the world’s largest standardized raptor migration count network. Ride our Park Tram and meet us at the Hawk Tower and remember to bring your binoculars, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and drinking water.
Host: World Birding Center
Location: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Time: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Fee: $5 ages 13 and up
(956) 584-9156
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/bentsen-rio-grande-valley
theworldbirdingcenter.com 

High Island Spring Migration: March 23 – May 6
The annual gathering of birds, birders, and wildlife photographers is a grassroots effort to share the wonder of bird migration as these winged wonders make their way north for the breeding season. Free bird walks in the month of April provided by the Tropical Birding guides and the ever-lively Smith Oaks Rookery provides up-close nesting observation of egrets, herons, spoonbills, and cormorants.
Host: Houston Audubon
Location: High Island, Texas
Time: Sunrise to Sunset
Fee: $8 day pass or $30 annual pass
(409) 286-5213
http://houstonaudubon.org/sanctuaries/high-island

Spring Migration Birding at Houston Audubon’s High Island Sanctuaries: Late March – Early May
Experience spring on the Upper Texas Coast – birding highlights are neotropical migrating birds and a large roost. Houston Audubon manages numerous sanctuaries that are open to the public. Tours are offered most days.
Host: Houston Audubon
Location: Boy Scout Woods Sanctuary 2088 5th Street, High Island, TX 77623  and Smith Oaks Sanctuary Old Mexico Road, High Island, TX 77623
Time: Dawn to Dusk
Cost of Entry: $8 day/$30 annual
(713) 932-1639
houstonaudubon.org

GCBO’s Spring Fling 2018: April 7 – May 5
Hosts will be present each day at the Neotropic Bird Sanctuary at Quintana to help ID birds and answer questions.  Snacks, drinks, and birding supplies will be on sale. 
Host: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Location: Neotropic Bird Sanctuary at Quintana, Texas
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fee: Free (donations accepted)
(979) 480-0999
www.gcbo.org

Early Birds: First Monday of 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

 

Ornithology Group Meeting: First Monday of the Month, August – May
Join us for speakers and discussions of birding activities in the area.
Host: Houston Ornithology Group
Location: Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX
Time: 6:30 pm
Fee: Free to visitors, membership encouraged
www.ornithologygroup.com

Audubon Outdoor Club Meeting: Second Tuesday of Every Month
Join us for speakers and discussions of birding activities in the area.
Host: Audubon Outdoor Club
Location: Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens, 8545 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi, TX 78413
Time: 7:00 pm
Fee: Free
(361) 384-1040
www.audubonoutdoorclub.com

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, Aug. – July (will not run Dec. 23)
Open air, all electric tram seats 9 (13 with children), 90-minute tour to see migratory and resident birds in season. Reservations needed, (903) 786-2826; recommended for age 6 – adult.
Host: Friends of Hagerman NWR
Location: Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092
Event Time: 2:00 pm
Fee: Free (donations accepted for tram maintenance)
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

Bolivar Flats Beach Ramble: First Saturday of Every Month  
Come explore Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary. You’ll walk along the beach and out onto the flats discovering the diversity of life along the Upper Texas Gulf Coast.
Host: Houston Audubon
Location: Bolivar Flats Sanctuary at vehicular barrier - Rettilon Road off  SH 87, Port Bolivar TX
Time: 10:00 am
Fee: Free (Chambers County Parking sticker required to park on beach, $10)
(713) 932-1639
houstonaudubon.org

Beginner's Birdwalk: Second Saturday of Every Month
Birdwalk designed for beginning birders although all are welcome. We have binoculars to lend out.
Host: San Antonio Audubon Society
Location: Judson Nature Trails, 246 Viesca St., Alamo Heights
Time: 8:00 am (7:30 am June – Aug.)
Fee: Free
www.saaudubon.org

Bird Banding Demos: Third Saturday of Every Month 
Learn about and see birds up close at this bird banding research data gathering project.
Host: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Location: 299 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson, TX  77566
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fee: Free (donations accepted) 
(979) 480-0999
www.gcbo.org

AUGUST

Aug. 12: Second Saturday – Shorebirds at HNWR
Every spring and fall shorebirds - plovers, stilts, avocets, sandpipers, phalaropes and more swoop through Hagerman NWR on their semiannual migration. Learn more about their life cycle, where they nest, where they winter, plus a look at the many species that can be seen here, with Dr. Wayne Meyer. 
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location: Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

Aug. 17: Whatbirders in South Texas
GTAS members Harlan Stewart are presenting photographs and anecdotes about their trip to South Texas with five other birders. The trip to the Rockport Hummingbird Festival started at High Island and continued all the way to the Santa Ana NWR.
Host: Golden Triangle Audubon Society
Location: Garden Center, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Fee: Free
www.goldentriangleaudubon.org

Aug. 24 – 27: Davis Mountains Hummingbird Celebration
A four-day birding experience that offers field trips to unique birding habitats, guest speaking events, workshops, garden tours, banding demonstrations and an outdoor banquet. Birders and people who just love hummingbirds can explore the fascinating geology, flora and hummingbirds of the Davis Mountains Sky Islands. To register go to www.fortdavis.com.
Host: Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce
Location: Fort Davis, Texas
Time: 1:00 pm, Aug. 24 – 1:00 pm, Aug. 27
Fee: $99 general registration
(432) 426-3015
www.fortdavis.com

Aug. 26: South Padre Island Pelagic Birding Tour
South Padre Island 16-hour pelagic trip aboard the Osprey.
Host: Texas Pelagics
Location: Pier 19, South Padre Island, TX
Time: 4:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fee: $210
(281) 684-5425
http://texaspelagics.com/2017-schedule

Aug. 26: Field trip to Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary
The GTAS is sponsoring a field trip to the Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary to see migrating shorebirds.  After walking the Flats the group will drive to several other birding hotspots on the peninsula and finish at High Island.
Host: Golden Triangle Audubon Society
Location: Meet the leaders at the vehicle barrier at Bolivar Flats
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Fee: Free (there is a ten dollar charge for a parking permit to park on the beach at the Flats vehicle barricade)
www.goldentriangleaudubon.org

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 2: First Saturday Birding
Join Jones Park Volunteer and expert birder Al Barr on a guided bird walk through Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center.  Ages 10+, no experience necessary.
Host: Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
Time: 7:45 am
Fee: Free
(281) 446-8588
www.hcp4.net/jones

Sept. 3: Fall Hawk Watch Volunteer Training Day
For folks interested in volunteering during Hawk Watch, Bentsen is offering a Volunteer Training Day. This workshop will be a classroom focus on field identification of raptors in flight.
Host: World Birding Center
Location: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Fee: $5 ages 13 and up
(956) 584-9156
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/bentsen-rio-grande-valley
theworldbirdingcenter.com 

Sept. 9: 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: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fee: Free
(281) 357-5324
www.pct3.com/parks/kleb-park

Sept. 9: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Foster Park with Jean Ferguson, FWAS Board Member and local birding expert. More than 110 species of bird have been identified at Foster Park and Jean is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Foster Park having led field trips to the site for years. This is a great field trip for beginning birders, and Jean will have extra binoculars to lend.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet at Foster Park, Trail Lake Drive & South Drive; one mile north of I-20.
Time: 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

Sept. 9: Second Saturday Bird Walk
Join an expert birder as we explore prime birding locations on LLELA's nature trails. Ages 10 & up. Free with $5/vehicle entry.
Host: LLELA Nature Preserve
Location: 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville, TX 75057
Time: 7:30 am
Fee: $5/vehicle (cash or check)
(972) 219-3550
www.LLELA.org

Sept. 9: Blacklock’s Intro to the Exciting World of Birds: 1-Day Short Course    
Basic introduction designed for beginning birders with little or no experience in birding. Study some of the 450+ known bird species  in South Texas, with noted and entertaining birder, naturalist, author, educator, Gene Blacklock.
Host: South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
Location: 8545 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi TX 78413
Time: 9:00 am -11:30 am (class at education station), 1:00 – 5:00 pm (field trip)
Fee: $45 each members; $60 others. Prepaid registration by Sept. 6.
(361) 852-2100
www.stxbot.org

Sept. 12: GTAS Fall Migration Count
The GTAS will conduct a migration bird count in Jefferson County.  Those wishing to participate please contact Dr. John Whittle at johnawhittle@aol.com.
Host: Golden Triangle Audubon Society
Location: Jefferson County
Time: 7:00 a.m.
Fee: Free
www.goldentriangleaudubon.org

Sept. 13: Tour Aransas Pathways
Guided and self-guided tour of Aransas Pathways nature and birding venues. Starting at the Pathways Pavilion and touring Tule West and East, History Center Gardens, Connie Hagar Nature Cottage Sanctuary, Ivy Lane Birding and Nature Site, and Linda S. Castro Nature and Birding Site.
Host: Aransas Pathways
Location: Various locations in Rockport, Fulton and Aransas County, TX
Time: 7:30 am
Fee: Free
(361) 790-0194
http://aransaspathways.com

Sept. 13: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Village Creek Drying Beds with Jim Sipiora, former FWAS Board Member and bird count organizer. More than 302 species of bird have been identified at Village Creek and Jim is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Village Creek having led field trips to the site for years.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet in Arlington Texas at Dunlop Sports Center parking lot 1500 NW Green Oaks Blvd., 76012  -cross street and bird Village Creek Drying Beds. 
Time: 6:30 am - 9:00 am
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org

Sept. 14: Fort Worth Audubon Society Meeting
Presentation on One of a Kind Monotypic Species of Birds by David Sarkozi at 7:30 pm preceded by short Bird ID class and refreshments at 6:50 pm. David, a past president of the Texas Ornithological Society, will discuss the families of birds worldwide that are represented by only a single species, which are some of the most unique and exotic species in the world.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Room 100 of the Research and Education (RES) Building at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, on 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. (at Montgomery St.). Use Parking Lot 6 on Clifton St. Follow link for more detailed directions and updated meeting information: http://www.fwas.org/showthread.php?4-Monthly-Meetings
Time:  Bird ID Session at 6:50 pm with the general meeting and lecture commencing at 7:30
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817)  706-1434
Event/Organization Website:  http://www.fwas.org

Sept.14 – 17: 29th Annual HummerBird Celebration
Rockport-Fulton 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: Various locations in Rockport-Fulton, TX. Based at Rockport-Fulton High School and Middle School.
Time: 5:00 pm, Sept. 14 – 3:00 pm, Sept. 17
Fee: Vendor Malls and Hummer Homes are free. Other activities available for minimal cost.
(361) 729-6445
www.rockporthummingbird.com

Sept. 15 – 17: Bird Banding at Twistflower Ranch
Birding and bird banding at Twistflower Ranch with accommodations and meals provided. Opportunity to witness West Texas birds up close with our Federally permitted bird bander, as well as spend time in our birding blinds to observe/photograph both resident and migratory birds.
Host: Twistflower Management
Location: Twistflower Ranch in Crockett County
Time: Friday 1:30 pm through Sunday 11:00 am
Fee: $250 per person (includes accommodations and all meals)
(512) 343-1821
www.twistflowerranch.com

Sept. 16: Hummingbirds/The Refuge Rocks
Nature activity program for youngsters ages 4 – 12. We will be seeing lots of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds migrating south this fall; learn more about the “flying jewels” at The Refuge Rocks!
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location:  Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

Sept. 16: Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza
Hummingbird banding, live animals, fun booths, snacks and drinks, native plant sale, nature store, speakers, and fun for the whole family.
Host: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Location: 299 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson, TX 77566
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fee: $4.00 adults, kids under 12 free
(979) 480-0999
www.gcbo.org

Sept. 16: Bird Walk
Bird Walks are scheduled every third Saturday (except during the summer months) with a birding docent. Walk is included with admission.
Host: San Antonio Botanical Garden
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden
Time: 9:00 am
Fee: General admission ($9 – $12); Members receive free admission.
(210) 536-1400
www.sabot.org

Sept. 16: Open Gate @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
124 acres of Migration Stopover Habitat, with varied habitat, 292 species of birds and 40 species of Warblers, along with other wildlife. Please sign in and leave a list of what you find; no pets.
Host: Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Location: 19349 Old Wiederstein Rd., Cibolo, TX 78108
Time: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fee: Free, donations appreciated
www.warblerwoods.org

Sept. 16: Port Aransas Pelagic Birding Tour
Port Aransas 16-hour pelagic trip aboard the Kingfisher.
Host: Texas Pelagics
Location: Capt. Kelly's Deep Sea Headquarters, Port Aransas, TX
Time: 4:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fee: $220
(281) 684-5425
http://texaspelagics.com/2017-schedule

Sept. 22 – 24: Celebration of Flight
Hawk migration is a true spectacle of the natural world and Corpus Christi has the largest and most diverse hawkwatch in the country. Celebration of Flight is set during the peak of hawk migration with vendors, lectures, live raptor shows, children in nature activities and most of all, many hawks overhead.
Host: HawkWatch International, Inc. and Audubon Outdoor Club of Corpus Christi
Location: Hazel Bazemore County Park, 4343 County Road 69,
Corpus Christi, TX 78410
Time: Activities from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day
Fee: Free
(361) 876-2429
https://hawkwatch.org/participate/special-events/item/649-a-celebration-of-flight

Sept. 23: Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza
Hummingbird banding, live animals, fun booths, snacks and drinks, native plant sale, nature store, speakers, and fun for the whole family.
Host: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Location: 299 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson, TX 77566
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fee: $4.00 adults, kids under 12 free
(979) 480-0999
www.gcbo.org

Sept. 23: Blacklock’s Shorebird Identification: 1-Day Short Course
For all levels of birders, study Coastal Bend shorebirds, plovers, sandpipers, phalaropes. Learn about life histories, migration timelines, (basic) plumage, with noted and entertaining birder, naturalist, author, educator, Gene Blacklock.
Host: South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
Location: 8545 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi TX 78413
Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am (class at Education Station), 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (field trip)
Fee: $45 members; $60 others.  Prepaid registration required by Sept. 20
(361) 852-2100
www.stxbot.org

OCTOBER

Oct. 7: First Saturday Birding
Join Jones Park Volunteer and expert birder Al Barr on a guided bird walk through Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center.  Ages 10+, no experience necessary.
Host: Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
Time: 7:45 am
Fee: Free
(281) 446-8588
www.hcp4.net/jones

Oct. 7 – 8: Bill Clark Raptor ID Weekend
Classroom day to learn raptor ID from expert Bill Clark, followed by day in the field at Smith Point Hawk Watch.
Host: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Location: 299 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson, TX  77566
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fee: $150.00 
(979) 480-0999
www.gcbo.org

Oct. 11: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Village Creek Drying Beds with Jim Sipiora, former FWAS Board Member and bird count organizer. More than 302 species of bird have been identified at Village Creek and Jim is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Village Creek, having led field trips to the site for years.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet in Arlington Texas at Dunlop Sports Center parking lot 1500 NW Green Oaks Blvd., 76012 - cross street and bird Village Creek Drying Beds. 
Time:  7:15 am – 8:30 am (Dunlop Sports Park), 8:30 am –11:00 am (Village Creek)
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

Oct. 14: Second Saturday Bird Walk
Join an expert birder as we explore prime birding locations on LLELA's nature trails. Ages 10 & up. Free with $5/vehicle entry.
Host: LLELA Nature Preserve
Location: 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville, TX 75057
Time: 7:30 am
Fee: $5/vehicle (cash or check)
(972) 219-3550
www.LLELA.org

Oct. 14: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Foster Park with Jean Ferguson, FWAS Board Member and local birding expert.  More than 110 species of bird have been identified at Foster Park and Jean is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Foster Park having led field trips to the site for years. This is a great field trip for beginning birders, Jean will have extra binoculars to lend.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet at Foster Park, Trail Lake Drive & South Drive; one mile north of I-20. 
Time: 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org

Oct. 20 – 22: Bird Banding at Twistflower Ranch
Birding and bird banding at Twistflower Ranch with accommodations and meals provided. Opportunity to witness West Texas birds up close with our Federally permitted bird bander, as well as spend time in our birding blinds to observe/photograph both resident and migratory birds.
Host: Twistflower Management
Location: Twistflower Ranch in Crockett County
Time: Friday 1:30 pm through Sunday 11:00 am
Fee: $250 per person (includes accommodations and all meals)
(512) 343-1821
www.twistflowerranch.com

Oct. 21: Field Trip to Sabine Woods
The GTAS is sponsoring a field trip to Sabine Woods in search of migrating warblers. Those wishing to participate please contact Steve Mayes at sgmayes@hotmail.com.
Host: Golden Triangle Audubon Society
Location: Sabine Woods
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Fee: Free
www.goldentriangleaudubon.org  

Oct. 21: Bird Walk
Bird Walks are scheduled every third Saturday (except during the summer months) with a birding docent. Walk is included with admission.
Host: San Antonio Botanical Garden
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden
Time: 9:00 am
Fee: General admission ($9 – $12); Members receive free admission.
(210) 536-1400
www.sabot.org

Oct. 21: Fort Worth Audubon Society Meeting
Presentation on One More Warbler: A Life With Birds by Victor Emanual at 10:00 am with refreshments. Victor is a recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Award from the American Birding Association and the Arthur A. Allen Award from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology; a past board member of the Nature Conservancy of Texas, the National Audubon Society, the American Bird Conservancy, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; and founder of Victor Emanuel Nature Tours.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Room 100 of the Research and Education (RES) Building at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, on 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. (at Montgomery St.). Use Parking Lot 6 on Clifton St. Follow link for more detailed directions and updated meeting information http://www.fwas.org/showthread.php?4-Monthly-Meetings
Time: 10:00 am
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
http://www.fwas.org

NOVEMBER

Nov. 4: First Saturday Birding
Join Jones Park Volunteer and expert birder Al Barr on a guided bird walk through Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center.  Ages 10+, no experience necessary.
Host: Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
Time: 7:45 am
Fee: Free
(281) 446-8588
www.hcp4.net/jones

Nov. 8: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Village Creek Drying Beds with Jim Sipiora, former FWAS Board Member and bird count organizer.   More than 302 species of bird have been identified at Village Creek and Jim is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Village Creek having led field trips to the site for years.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet in Arlington Texas at Dunlop Sports Center parking lot 1500 NW Green Oaks Blvd., 76012  - cross street and bird Village Creek Drying Beds. 
Time:  7:15 am to 8:30 bird Dunlop Sports Park-then 8:30am to 11:00am bird Village Creek.
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

Nov. 8 – 12: 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: Varies depending on activities selected
(209) 227-4823
http://rgvbf.org

Nov. 9: Fort Worth Audubon Society Meeting
Short Description of Birding Event:  Presentation on Hummingbirds of Ecuador and Columbia by Bob and Vicki Moore at 7:30 pm preceded by short Bird ID class and refreshments at 6:50pm. Bob and Vicki have extensive birding and photography experience in the Neotropics.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Room 100 of the Research and Education (RES) Building at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, on 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. (at Montgomery St.).  Use Parking Lot 6 on Clifton St.  Follow link for more detailed directions and updated meeting information: http://www.fwas.org/showthread.php?4-Monthly-Meetings
Time:  Bird ID Session at 6:50pm with the general meeting and lecture commencing at 7:30
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org 

Nov. 11: Second Saturday Bird Walk
Join an expert birder as we explore prime birding locations on LLELA's nature trails. Ages 10 & up. Free with $5/vehicle entry.
Host: LLELA Nature Preserve
Location: 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville, TX 75057
Time: 7:30 am
Fee: $5/vehicle (cash or check)
(972) 219-3550
www.LLELA.org

Nov. 11: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Foster Park with Jean Ferguson, FWAS Board Member and local birding expert.  More than 110 species of bird have been identified at Foster Park and Jean is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Foster Park having led field trips to the site for years. This is a great field trip for beginning birders. Jean will have extra binoculars to lend.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet at Foster Park, Trail Lake Drive & South Drive; one mile north of I-20
Time:  8:30 am – 10:30 am
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

Nov. 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 at 8:00 am.
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location:  Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

Nov. 11: Bird Walk at HNWR
Meet at the Visitor Center for a guided bird walk on one of the 5 trails at HNWR, return in time for the Second Saturday program.
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location: Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

Nov. 18: Hoot, Hoot for Owls/The Refuge Rocks
Nature activity program for youngsters ages 4 – 12. Learn how special feathers allow owls to swoop silently through the trees while their night vision and excellent hearing aid them in their search for dinner!
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location: Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

Nov. 19: Bird Walk
Bird Walks are scheduled every third Saturday (except during the summer months) with a birding docent. Walk is included with admission.
Host: San Antonio Botanical Garden
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden
Time: 9:00 am
Fee: General admission ($9 – $12); Members receive free admission.
(210) 536-1400
www.sabot.org

DECEMBER

Dec. 2: First Saturday Birding
Join Jones Park Volunteer and expert birder Al Barr on a guided bird walk through Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center.  Ages 10+, no experience necessary.
Host: Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
Time: 7:45 am
Fee: Free
(281) 446-8588
www.hcp4.net/jones

Dec. 9: Bird Walk at HNWR
Meet at the Visitor Center for a guided bird walk on one of the 5 trails at HNWR, return in time for the Second Saturday program.
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location: Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

Dec. 9: Second Saturday Bird Walk
Join an expert birder as we explore prime birding locations on LLELA's nature trails. Ages 10 & up. Free with $5/vehicle entry.
Host: LLELA Nature Preserve
Location: 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville, TX 75057
Time: 7:30 am
Fee: $5/vehicle (cash or check)
(972) 219-3550
www.LLELA.org

Dec. 9: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Foster Park with Jean Ferguson, FWAS Board Member and local birding expert. More than 110 species of bird have been identified at Foster Park and Jean is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Foster Park having led field trips to the site for years. This is a great field trip for beginning birders. Jean will have extra binoculars to lend.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet at Foster Park, Trail Lake Drive & South Drive; one mile north of I-20. 
Time:  8:30 am - 10:30 am
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

Dec. 9-10: 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, Dec. 9-10, 2017. 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: morning, afternoon and evening activities
Fee: varies depending on activity
(409) 789-8125
www.GalvestonNatureTourism.org

Dec. 13: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Short Description of Birding Event:  Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Village Creek Drying Beds with Jim Sipiora, former FWAS Board Member and bird count organizer. More than 302 species of bird have been identified at Village Creek and Jim is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Village Creek having led field trips to the site for years.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet in Arlington Texas at Dunlop Sports Center parking lot 1500 NW Green Oaks Blvd., 76012 - cross street and bird Village Creek Drying Beds. 
Time: 7:15 am - 8:30 am (Dunlop Sports Park), 8:30 am - 11:00 am (Village Creek)
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

Dec. 14: Fort Worth Audubon Society Meeting
Presentation on Optics for Birding by Jim Jones at 7:30pm preceded by short Bird ID class and refreshments at 6:50pm. Jim is a FWAS Board Member and field trip leader with extensive Texas Birding experience; who presents an informative birding optics lecture accessible to the layman.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Room 100 of the Research and Education (RES) Building at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, on 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. (at Montgomery St.). Use Parking Lot 6 on Clifton St. Follow link for more detailed directions and updated meeting information http://www.fwas.org/showthread.php?4-Monthly-Meetings
Time: Bird ID Session at 6:50 pm with the general meeting and lecture commencing at 7:30
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

Dec. 16: Bird Walk
Bird Walks are scheduled every third Saturday (except during the summer months) with a birding docent. Walk is included with admission.
Host: San Antonio Botanical Garden
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden
Time: 9:00 am
Fee: General admission ($9 – $12); Members receive free admission.
(210) 536-1400
www.sabot.org

Dec. 16: 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 Road, Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

JANUARY 2018

Jan. 5: Christmas Bird Count
Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count is a time-honored tradition. Citizen Science data collected during the CBC have uncovered critical information for bird conservation. It’s free to participate!
Host: World Birding Center
Location: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Time: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fee: $5 ages 13 and up
(956) 584-9156
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/bentsen-rio-grande-valley
www.theworldbirdingcenter.com 

Jan. 6: First Saturday Birding
Join Jones Park Volunteer and expert birder Al Barr on a guided bird walk through Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center.  Ages 10+, no experience necessary.
Host: Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
Time: 7:45 am
Fee: Free
(281) 446-8588
www.hcp4.net/jones

Jan. 6: Winter Bird Count
Join Jones Park staff and volunteers for a morning of birding. This annual count provides data to help monitor and manage for birds in the park. 
Host:  Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
Location:  Meet at the Nature Center
Time: 7:45 am
Fee: Free
(281) 446-8588
www.hcp4.net/jones

Jan. 10: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Village Creek Drying Beds with Jim Sipiora, former FWAS Board Member and bird count organizer. More than 302 species of bird have been identified at Village Creek and Jim is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Village Creek having led field trips to the site for years.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet in Arlington Texas at Dunlop Sports Center parking lot 1500 NW Green Oaks Blvd., 76012  - cross street and bird Village Creek Drying Beds. 
Time: 7:15 am - 8:30 am (Dunlop Sports Park), 8:30 am - 11:00 am (Village Creek).
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

Jan. 11: Fort Worth Audubon Society Meeting
Presentation on Mexican Birding by Brock Huffman at 7:30pm preceded by short Bird ID class and refreshments at 6:50pm. Brock, through Chiapas Birding Adventures, with the assistance of the American Birding Association-Birder’s Exchange of the United States, and Pronatura Sur, A.C., in Chiapas, Mexico, has promoted the training of local bird guides in Chiapas; specifically the areas of Palenque, Yaxchilán, Bonampak, Las Guacamayas, and San Cristóbal; to promote local economies and ecotourism.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Room 100 of the Research and Education (RES) Building at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, on 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. (at Montgomery St.). Use Parking Lot 6 on Clifton St.  Follow link for more detailed directions and updated meeting information http://www.fwas.org/showthread.php?4-Monthly-Meetings
Time: Bird ID Session at 6:50 pm with the general meeting and lecture commencing at 7:30 pm
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

Jan. 13: Second Saturday Bird Walk
Join an expert birder as we explore prime birding locations on LLELA's nature trails. Ages 10 & up. Free with $5/vehicle entry.
Host: LLELA Nature Preserve
Location: 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville, TX 75057
Time: 7:30 am
Fee: $5/vehicle (cash or check)
(972) 219-3550
www.LLELA.org

Jan. 13: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Foster Park with Jean Ferguson, FWAS Board Member and local birding expert. More than 110 species of bird have been identified at Foster Park and Jean is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Foster Park having led field trips to the site for years. This is a great field trip for beginning birders. Jean will have extra binoculars to lend.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet at Foster Park, Trail Lake Drive & South Drive; one mile north of I-20.
Time:  8:30 am - 10:30 am
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

FEBRUARY 2018

Feb. 3: First Saturday Birding
Join Jones Park Volunteer and expert birder Al Barr on a guided bird walk through Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center.  Ages 10+, no experience necessary.
Host: Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
Time: 7:45 am
Fee: Free
(281) 446-8588
www.hcp4.net/jones

Feb. 7 – 10: Laredo Birding Festival
Come bird on the border! We invite you to join us for our 6th 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, Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau
Location: Laredo, TX
Time: This is a 3.5 day festival that starts with a mixer on Wednesday evening, and then trips head out early in the morning on Thurs, Fri, Sat. Concludes with a keynote banquet. 
Fee: 1 day package - $90 , 2 day package - $165, 3 day package – $240 (These all-inclusive packages that include breakfast, lunch, drinks, snacks, transportation, ranch entrance fees, professional field guide).
(956) 718-1063
www.laredobirdingfestival.com

Feb. 8: Fort Worth Audubon Society Meeting
Presentation on Purple Martins by Sheila Hargis at 7:30pm preceded by short Bird ID class and refreshments at 6:50pm.  Sheila, a past President of the Travis Audubon, Vice-President of the Texas Ornithological Society, field trip leader, and lecturer will discuss the Purple Martins life cycle, current research findings, and highlight some of the ways that birders and non-birders alike can connect with this spectacular bird.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Room 100 of the Research and Education (RES) Building at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, on 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. (at Montgomery St.). Use Parking Lot 6 on Clifton St.  Follow link for more detailed directions and updated meeting information http://www.fwas.org/showthread.php?4-Monthly-Meetings
Time: Bird ID Session at 6:50 pm with the general meeting and lecture commencing at 7:30 pm
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

Feb. 10: Second Saturday Bird Walk
Join an expert birder as we explore prime birding locations on LLELA's nature trails. Ages 10 & up. Free with $5/vehicle entry.
Host: LLELA Nature Preserve
Location: 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville, TX 75057
Time: 7:30 am
Fee: $5/vehicle (cash or check)
(972) 219-3550
www.LLELA.org

Feb. 10: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Foster Park with Jean Ferguson, FWAS Board Member and local birding expert.  More than 110 species of bird have been identified at Foster Park and Jean is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Foster Park having led field trips to the site for years. This is a great field trip for beginning birders. Jean will have extra binoculars to lend.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet at Foster Park, Trail Lake Drive & South Drive; one mile north of I-20.
Time:  8:30am - 10:30am
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

Feb. 14: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Village Creek Drying Beds with Jim Sipiora, former FWAS Board Member and bird count organizer.   More than 302 species of bird have been identified at Village Creek and Jim is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Village Creek having led field trips to the site for years.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet in Arlington Texas at Dunlop Sports Center parking lot 1500 NW Green Oaks Blvd., 76012  - cross street and bird Village Creek Drying Beds. 
Time: 7:15 am - 8:30 am (Dunlop Sports Park), 8:30 am - 11:00 am (Village Creek)
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

Feb. 22 – 25: 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

Feb. 24: 2018 Bluebird Season Kickoff and FUNdraising Silent Auction
Short Description: Join us for presentations, displays and advice! Presenters include Dr. Patricia A. Gowaty and Jeff & Mary Parker. Social dinner with Last Chance Forever (live raptors) on Friday night.
Host: Texas Bluebird Society
Location: Brazos County Expo Center, Bryan
Time:  9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fee: $25 (extra early bird deadline 12/24 with 20 door prize tickets)
(936) 439-7114 / (512) 517-5678
http://2018event.txblues.org

MARCH 2018

March 3: NatureFest
Join an expert bird guide for a walk through Jones Park. This walk is one of many outdoor and nature related activities throughout the day for NatureFest.  
Host Organization:  Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
Time: Event starts at 9:00 am, bird walk time TBD
Fee: Free
(281) 446-8588
www.hcp4.net/jones

March 3: Spring Hawk Watch Volunteer Training Day
For folks interested in volunteering during Hawk Watch, Bentsen is offering a Volunteer Training Day. This workshop will be a classroom focus on field identification of raptors in flight.
Host: World Birding Center
Location: Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Fee: $5 ages 13 and up
(956) 584-9156
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/bentsen-rio-grande-valley
www.theworldbirdingcenter.com 

March 8: Fort Worth Audubon Society Meeting
Presentation on “Making Headway in Fort Worth: Managing Public Land for its Natural Value by Rob Denkhaus at 7:30pm preceded by short Bird ID class and refreshments at 6:50pm. Rob, the Director of the Fort Worth Nature Center, adjunct professor of Environmental Science at TCU, Director of the Teaming With Wildlife: True To Texas Coalition, and Chair of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee; will discuss a growing environmental and conservation ethic in Fort Worth’s Parks and Recreation and other departments as decision makers realize that citizen needs include exposure to the natural values of north Texas.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Room 100 of the Research and Education (RES) Building at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, on 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. (at Montgomery St.).  Use Parking Lot 6 on Clifton St.  Follow link for more detailed directions and updated meeting information http://www.fwas.org/showthread.php?4-Monthly-Meetings
Time: Bird ID Session at 6:50 pm with the general meeting and lecture commencing at 7:30 pm
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

March 10: Second Saturday Bird Walk
Join an expert birder as we explore prime birding locations on LLELA's nature trails. Ages 10 & up. Free with $5/vehicle entry.
Host: LLELA Nature Preserve
Location: 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville, TX 75057
Time: 7:30 am
Fee: $5/vehicle (cash or check)
(972) 219-3550
www.LLELA.org

March 10: Bird Walk at HNWR
Meet at the Visitor Center for a guided bird walk on one of the 5 trails at HNWR, return in time for the Second Saturday program.
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location: Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

March 10: 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 at 8:00 am.
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location:  Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

March 11: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Foster Park with Jean Ferguson, FWAS Board Member and local birding expert.  More than 110 species of bird have been identified at Foster Park and Jean is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Foster Park having led field trips to the site for years. This is a great field trip for beginning birders. Jean will have extra binoculars to lend.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet at Foster Park, Trail Lake Drive & South Drive; one mile north of I-20.
Event Time:  8:30am -10:30am
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

March 14: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Village Creek Drying Beds with Jim Sipiora, former FWAS Board Member and bird count organizer. More than 302 species of bird have been identified at Village Creek and Jim is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Village Creek having led field trips to the site for years.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet in Arlington Texas at Dunlop Sports Center parking lot 1500 NW Green Oaks Blvd., 76012  -cross street and bird Village Creek Drying Beds. 
Time:  7:15 am – 8:30 am (Dunlop Sports Park), 8:30 am – 11:00 am (Village Creek)
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

APRIL 2018

April Bird Walks: Every weekend in April
Enjoy guided walks through an area noted for warblers and other birds during migration.
Host: Audubon Outdoor Club
Location: Blucher Park, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Event Time: 7:30 am – 10:30 am
Fee: Free
(361) 443-0744
www.audubonoutdoorclub.com

April 1: Great Texas Birding Classic Registration Deadline
The 22nd Annual Birding Classic runs from April 15-May 15, but teams must register by April 1st to take part in this fun birding for conservation event! Gather your friends and family to put together your team for this year’s event. There are tournament categories for all ages and skill levels!
Host: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Location: statewide
Time: half-day, 24-hour, 48-hour, and weeklong categories
Fee: varies depending on tournament category
(512) 389-4500
www.birdingclassic.org

April 7: Open Gate @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
124 acres of Migration Stopover Habitat, with varied habitat, 292 species of birds and 40 species of Warblers, along with other wildlife. Please sign in and leave a list of what you find; no pets.
Host: Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Location: 19349 Old Wiederstein Rd., Cibolo, TX 78108
Time: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fee: Free, donations appreciated
www.warblerwoods.org

April 7: First Saturday Birding
Join Jones Park Volunteer and expert birder Al Barr on a guided bird walk through Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center.  Ages 10+, no experience necessary.
Host: Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
Location: Meet at the Nature Center
Time: 7:45 am
Fee: Free
(281) 446-8588
www.hcp4.net/jones

April 11: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Village Creek Drying Beds with Jim Sipiora, former FWAS Board Member and bird count organizer. More than 302 species of bird have been identified at Village Creek and Jim is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Village Creek having led field trips to the site for years.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet in Arlington Texas at Dunlop Sports Center parking lot 1500 NW Green Oaks Blvd., 76012  -cross street and bird Village Creek Drying Beds. 
Event Time: 7:15 am – 8:30 am (Dunlop Sports Park), 8:30 am – 11:00 am (Village Creek)
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

April 12: Fort Worth Audubon Society Meeting
Presentation on Conservation Pioneers  by Jim Wilson at 7:30 pm preceded by short Bird ID class and refreshments at 6:50 pm. Jim is the resident historian of Kleb Woods Nature Preserve in Harris County.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Room 100 of the Research and Education (RES) Building at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, on 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. (at Montgomery St.). Use Parking Lot 6 on Clifton St.  Follow link for more detailed directions and updated meeting information http://www.fwas.org/showthread.php?4-Monthly-Meetings
Time:  Bird ID Session at 6:50 pm with the general meeting and lecture commencing at 7:30
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

April 14: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Foster Park with Jean Ferguson, FWAS Board Member and local birding expert.  More than 110 species of bird have been identified at Foster Park and Jean is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Foster Park having led field trips to the site for years. This is a great field trip for beginning birders. Jean will have extra binoculars for beginners.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet at Foster Park, Trail Lake Drive & South Drive; one mile north of I-20.
Time: 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

April 14: Second Saturday Bird Walk
Join an expert birder as we explore prime birding locations on LLELA's nature trails. Ages 10 & up. Free with $5/vehicle entry.
Host: LLELA Nature Preserve
Location: 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville, TX 75057
Time: 7:30 am
Fee: $5/vehicle (cash or check)
(972) 219-3550
www.LLELA.org

April 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 at 8:00 am.
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location:  Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

April 14: Bird Walk at HNWR
Meet at the Visitor Center for a guided bird walk on one of the 5 trails at HNWR, return in time for the Second Saturday program.
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location: Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

April 14 – 15: Attwater's Prairie Chicken Festival
Experience the beautiful courtship dance of the male Attwater's prairie chicken, one of North America's most endangered birds.
Host: Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)
Location: Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), 6.5 miles northeast of Eagle Lake, TX off of FM 3013
Time: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Fee: Free
(979) 234-3021
www.fws.gov/refuge/attwater_prairie_chicken

April 18 – 22: Nature Quest
Nature tours and programs include Birding, Bats, Butterfly, Wildflowers, Native Plants, Insects, Reptiles & More.
Host: Hill Country Adventures & Nature Center
Location: Hill Country Nature Center; 10 miles W. of Utopia TX, 4.5 miles E. of Garner State Park
Event Time: Early till Late
Fee: $10 registration, plus $15 to $25 tour fees
(830) 966-2320
www.hillcountrynaturequest.com 

April 19 – 22: Birdiest Festival in America
The second annual Birdiest Festival in America features field trips throughout South Texas for some of the best bird sightings in the country. Weekend also features birding workshops, guest speakers, trade show, Raptor Project shows, and a whole lot of Texas Hospitality. Grab your optics and   join the migration to Corpus Christi, named the “Birdiest City in America” for ten consecutive years with over 300 species seen annually.
Host: South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
Location: 8545 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi TX 78413
Time: April 19: 2:00 am – 6:00 pm; April 20 – April 22: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm;
April 22: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fee: General admission: $4 - $8; One-Day Special Access Pass: $20; Premium Pass: $35
(361) 852-2100
www.birdiest festival.org

April 19 – 22: Galveston FeatherFest Birding & Nature Photography Festival
Mark your calendar now to attend the 16th 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
Time: Morning, afternoon and evening activities
Fee: varies depending on activity
(832) 459-5533
www.GalvestonFeatherFest.com

April 20 – 22: BigWoods Outdoor Photography Workshop
Just in time for thespring blooms and migrating birds!  Join us for an intensive, all-inclusive weekend of nature photography and personalized instruction with award-winning, nationally renowned photographers: Earl Nottingham and Wyman
Meinzer. 
Host: BigWoods on the Trinity
Location: BigWoods, Tennessee Colony, Texas
Time: Check-in from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Fee: $2,000 (all-inclusive)
(903) 391-1112
www.bigwoods.net

April 21: Bluebird Bus Tours at WP Bluebird Festival
One hour narrated bus tours from WP Bluebird Festival to Lake Tawakoni State Park to see nesting bluebirds. TBS also hosts an info booth with free bluebird nestbox for new Texas Bluebird Society members.
Host: Texas Bluebird Society at the WP Bluebird Festival
Location: Historic Downtown Wills Point
Time:  9:00 am, 10:30 am, noon, 1:30 pm.  Tickets available at 8:50 am.
Fee: Free (tips for bus driver accepted)
(512) 517-5678
http://txblues.org; http://wpbluebirdfestival.org

April 21: Field Trip to Sabine Woods
The GTAS is sponsoring a field trip to Sabine Woods in search of migrating warblers. Those wishing to participate please contact Steve Mayes at sgmayes@hotmail.com.
Host: Golden Triangle Audubon Society
Location: Sabine Woods
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Fee: Free
www.goldentriangleaudubon.org  

April 24 – 26: Birding the Border
Guided, all-inclusive birding experience on a mix of public and private lands in Kinney and Val Verde counties of Texas. Learn about bird habitats and habitat management, including sites with golden-cheeked warblers, black-capped vireos, and southwest specialties such as green jays.
Host: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Location: Based out of Fort Clark Springs in Brackettville, day trips within Kinney and Val Verde counties
Time: Check in April 23, 7:00 pm. Check out by 12:00 pm on April 27.
Fee: Single occupancy: $625, Double occupancy: $525 each
(830) 563-2442
https://kinney.agrilife.org/programs-and-events/birding-the-border/, https://www.facebook.com/events/477653979293762/

April 25 – 28: Spring Chirp
Spend 3 days exploring renowned public lands and private properties with world-class trip leaders. The Festival is taking place during one of the prime birding seasons, when you may reasonably expect to see more than 50 species in a day.
Host: Valley Nature Center
Location: Various locations in Weslaco, TX
Time: Varies by day
Fee: Varies by activity
(956) 969-2475
www.springchirp.com

April 27 – 29: 18th Annual Balcones Songbird Festival
Tours are offered of locations at the Refuge that are not usually open to the public. Experienced and knowledgeable guides take our guests to view endangered species, birds, and other wildlife. 
Host: Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
Location: Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, 24518 FM 1431, Marble Falls, TX 78654
Event Time: 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fee: $60 registration fee per tour
(512) 466-6813
www.FriendsofBalcones.org

May 2018

May 9: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Village Creek Drying Beds with Jim Sipiora, former FWAS Board Member and bird count organizer. More than 302 species of bird have been identified at Village Creek and Jim is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Village Creek having led field trips to the site for years.
Host Organization Name: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location Where Event Takes Place: Meet in Arlington Texas at Dunlop Sports Center parking lot 1500 NW Green Oaks Blvd., 76012  -cross street and bird Village Creek Drying Beds. 
Time: 7:15 am – 8:30 am (Dunlop Sports Park), 8:30 am –  11:00 am (Village Creek)
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

May 10: Fort Worth Audubon Society Meeting
Fort Worth Audubon Society member slide show.  Digital presentation of the best of the best wildlife photography from the past year, local and worldwide, submitted by FWAS members.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Room 100 of the Research and Education (RES) Building at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, on 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. (at Montgomery St.). Use Parking Lot 6 on Clifton St.  Follow link for more detailed directions and updated meeting information http://www.fwas.org/showthread.php?4-Monthly-Meetings
Time:  Bird ID Session at 6:50pm with the general meeting and lecture commencing at 7:30
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

May 12: Second Saturday Bird Walk
Join an expert birder as we explore prime birding locations on LLELA's nature trails. Ages 10 & up. Free with $5/vehicle entry.
Host: LLELA Nature Preserve
Location: 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville, TX 75057
Time: 7:30 am
Fee: $5/vehicle (cash or check)
(972) 219-3550
www.LLELA.org

May 12: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Foster Park with Jean Ferguson, FWAS Board Member and local birding expert.  More than 110 species of bird have been identified at Foster Park and Jean is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Foster Park having led field trips to the site for years. This is a great field trip for beginning birders.  Jean will have extra binoculars to lend.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet at Foster Park, Trail Lake Drive & South Drive; one mile north of I-20
Time:  8:30 am – 10:30 am
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

May 12: Bird Walk at HNWR
Meet at the Visitor Center for a guided bird walk on one of the 5 trails at HNWR, return in time for the Second Saturday program.
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location: Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

May 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 at 8:00 am.
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location:  Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

May 18 – 20: Bird Banding at Twistflower Ranch
Birding and bird banding at Twistflower Ranch with accommodations and meals provided. Opportunity to witness West Texas birds up close with our Federally permitted bird bander, as well as spend time in our birding blinds to observe/photograph both resident and migratory birds.
Host: Twistflower Management
Location: Twistflower Ranch in Crockett County
Time: Friday 1:30 pm through Sunday 11:00 am
Fee: $250 per person (includes accommodations and all meals)
(512) 343-1821
www.twistflowerranch.com

June 2018

June 9: Second Saturday Bird Walk
Join an expert birder as we explore prime birding locations on LLELA's nature trails. Ages 10 & up. Free with $5/vehicle entry.
Host: LLELA Nature Preserve
Location: 201 E. Jones St., Lewisville, TX 75057
Time: 7:30 am
Fee: $5/vehicle (cash or check)
(972) 219-3550
www.LLELA.org

June 9: Bird Walk at HNWR
Meet at the Visitor Center for a guided bird walk on one of the 5 trails at HNWR, return in time for the Second Saturday program.
Host: Friends of Hagerman
Location: Hagerman NWR, 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman, TX 75092
Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Fee: Free
(903) 786-2826
www.friendsofhagerman.com

June 09: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Foster Park with Jean Ferguson, FWAS Board Member and local birding expert.  More than 110 species of bird have been identified at Foster Park and Jean is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Foster Park having led field trips to the site for years. This is a great field trip for beginning birders. Jean will have extra binoculars to lend.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet at Foster Park, Trail Lake Drive & South Drive; one mile north of I-20. 
Time:  7:00 am – 9:00 am
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

June 13: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Village Creek Drying Beds with Jim Sipiora, former FWAS Board Member and bird count organizer. More than 302 species of bird have been identified at Village Creek and Jim is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Village Creek having led field trips to the site for years.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet in Arlington Texas at Dunlop Sports Center parking lot 1500 NW Green Oaks Blvd., 76012 - cross street and bird Village Creek Drying Beds. 
Time: 6:30 am –  9:00 am
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

June 22 – 24: Bird Banding at Twistflower Ranch
Birding and bird banding at Twistflower Ranch with accommodations and meals provided. Opportunity to witness West Texas birds up close with our Federally permitted bird bander, as well as spend time in our birding blinds to observe/photograph both resident and migratory birds.
Host: Twistflower Management
Location: Twistflower Ranch in Crockett County
Time: Friday 1:30 pm through Sunday 11:00 am
Fee: $250 per person (includes accommodations and all meals)
(512) 343-1821
www.twistflowerranch.com

July 2018

July 8: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Short Description of Birding Event: Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Foster Park with Jean Ferguson, FWAS Board Member and local birding expert.  More than 110 species of bird have been identified at Foster Park and Jean is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Foster Park having led field trips to the site for years. This is a great field trip for beginning birders. Jean will have extra binoculars to lend.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet at Foster Park, Trail Lake Drive & South Drive; one mile north of I-20. 
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  

July 11: Fort Worth Audubon Society Field Trip
Bird identification walk at birding “hotspot” Village Creek Drying Beds with Jim Sipiora, former FWAS Board Member and bird count organizer. More than 302 species of bird have been identified at Village Creek and Jim is an expert at locating and identifying bird species at Village Creek having led field trips to the site for years.
Host: Fort Worth Audubon Society
Location: Meet in Arlington Texas at Dunlop Sports Center parking lot 1500 NW Green Oaks Blvd., 76012 - cross street and bird Village Creek Drying Beds. 
Time: 6:30 am –  9:00 am
Fee: Free
(817) 798-6888 / (817) 706-1434
www.fwas.org  



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