SAAS Field Trips

The San Antonio Audubon Society leads field trips on almost every Saturday and sometimes on Sundays. Occasionally we lead extended trips to such places as Big Bend National Park, High Island, or the Rio Grande Valley. The field trips are usually open to anyone who wishes to attend, and in that case you do not have to be a member to participate. Things to bring: binoculars, field guides, bug repellent, water, a hat and sunscreen. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

If you need information that is not given below, please call our tape at phone or write to and Field Trip Coordinator Helen Rejzek will get back to you. [View a list of past trips below.] We welcome volunteers to lead trips -- you don't have to be an expert birder to do so, and it's a rewarding experience. Please call the tape or send an e-mail if you can spend a few hours birding with others at your favorite location.

More information on most of the trip locations can be found on our Birding Sites In and Around San Antonio page.

Upcoming SAAS trips

March 12, Saturday,  8:00 AM
SAAS Beginners’ Bird Walk

Meet Georgina Schwartz (210/342-2073) at the Judson Nature Trails. From Broadway at the 5900 block, turn west on Ogden Street to the stop sign at Greely St. and the sign to the Nature Trails. Turn left, go one block and turn right on Viesca to the parking lot on the left before the swimming pool.Map

March 14, Monday, 10:00 AM
Materials Recovery Facility Tour

We will visit the Materials Recovery Facility (or MRF) which processes and sends individual recycling commodities, bales those commodities and then sells them on the open market. The MRF processes several thousand tons of recyclables for the city of San Antonio. We will meet at the ReCommunity MRF at 10:00 am, located at 1949 Hormel Drive off the
Splashtown exit of IH-35. Please wear sturdy shoes (no open-toed shoes or sandals). If you have a hard hat, safety glasses and ear protection, please bring those items. This tour will be limited to 15 people. If you plan to attend, please call Georgina Schwartz (210/342-2073).

March 22, Tuesday, 8:00 AM
Crescent Bend Nature Park

Meet leader Sandi Wheeler (wheels5683@gmail.com) in the parking lot of the park. From San Antonio, take IH-10 east to the FM 1518 exit and go north toward Schertz. Look for a brown park sign at Schafer Road. Turn right and go 3 miles to the park. Entrance will be on your left before Cibolo Creek. Bring water and snacks.

March 26, Saturday, 8:30 AM
Land Heritage Institute

Meet leaders Patsy and Alan Kuentz (210/422-3218) or apkuentz@aol.com) at the LHI gate on Neal Road. Take Exit 46 off Loop 410 on the south side and turn south on Moursand Blvd., which turns into Pleasanton Road. Turn right on Neal Road, about 5 miles south of Loop 410. Follow Neal Road 2.3 miles to the road on the right where there is a gated entrance. A $3 per person donation is requested. Bring water and snacks.

March 31, Thursday, 8:00 AM
Helton Nature Park—Wilson County

Leaders Sandi Wheeler(wheels5683@gmail.com) and Bill Zwartjes will meet you in the upper parking lot of the Helton Nature Center in Wilson County. To reach the park, drive south on I-37 and take US 181 toward Floresville. After passing Loop 1604, continue to FM 775. Turn right on FM 775 and continue west for about 1.2 miles. Turn right at the gate.

April 2, Saturday, 7:45 AM
South Llano State Park & Junction

We will meet Rhandy Helton at the Shell gas station at the IH-10/Martinez Street Exit in Junction. Trip will include sewer ponds, state park, and other hot spots around Junction. Please contact Helen Rejzek (hmr78253@gmail.com) if you plan to attend and if you are going to eat lunch with the group. Bring water and snacks; lunch at a local restaurant.

April 9, Saturday,  8:00 AM
SAAS Beginners’ Bird Walk

Meet Georgina Schwartz (210/342-2073) at the Judson Nature Trails. From Broadway at the 5900 block, turn west on Ogden Street to the stop sign at Greely St. and the sign to the Nature Trails. Turn left, go one block and turn right on Viesca to the parking lot on the left before the swimming pool.Map

April 10, Sunday, 7:45 AM
Maverick Ranch/Fromme Farm

We will meet Mary and Bebe Fenstermaker (956/236-3779) at the gate to the ranch on Boerne Stage Road. Directions: Exit IH-10 West in Leon Springs. Turn left on Boerne Stage Road, drive 3 miles to the stop sign, turn right on Boerne Stage Road. Go 1.4 miles to their gate on the left. The gate will be locked after we meet, so please be on time. Wear suitable footwear for hiking. Bring water, snacks, and lunch.

April 14, Thursday, 8:00 AM
Warbler Woods

Meet Sandi Wheeler (wheels5683@gmail.com) at Don and Susan Schaezler's sanctuary in Cibolo. Take IH-35 north toward Austin. Take Exit 176, Wiederstein Road. Turn right on Wiederstein at the overpass. Turn left at the next road, Old Wiederstein. After you pass Dean Road, the Schaezler's property begins on the right. Look for the green mailbox,19349 Old Wiederstein and the gate to the property.

April 17, Sunday, 8:00 AM
Crescent Bend Nature Park

Meet leader Sandi Wheeler (wheels5683@gmail.com) in the parking lot of the park. From San Antonio, take IH-10 east to the FM 1518 exit and go north toward Schertz. Look for a brown park sign at Schafer Road. Turn right and go 3 miles to the park. Entrance will be on your left before Cibolo Creek. Bring water and snacks.

April 22, Friday
Port Aransas

SAAS will bird the hotspots in Port Aransas. The trip is limited to 12 people. Contact Karen Moulder for more information (210/824-2547 or moulderkf@gmail.com).

April 27, Wednesday, 8:00 AM
Avenue A and SA Botanical Garden
Meet leader Lora Reynolds (210/414-0792) in the parking lot on Red Oak, which intersects Mulberry in Brackenridge Park. Time permitting, we will go to the San Antonio Botanical Garden afterward. The SABG fee is $10 for non-members; free for members.

Looking Ahead

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Field Trip listing is usually updated the during first and third week of each month. The Beginner's walk is scheduled on the second Saturday of each month.



Mitchell Lake Audubon Center access

Regular hours for the public are now Tuesday through Sundays from 8 AM to 4 PM with other times by appointment. Call the Center at 210-628-1639 for more information. The gate will be opened from the Visitor's Center after you push the button at the gate. A small entrance fee is charged. You may become a member of the Center at $40 for an individual, $60 for your family for one year.

Birding trips ($5 entrance and $3 field trip fee: $8 total):

March 6, 1st Sunday, 8:00 AM
March 13, 2nd Sunday, 8:00 AM
March 8, 2nd Tuesday, 8:00 AM
March 20, 3rd Sunday, 8:00 AM
March 26, 4th Sunday, 8:00 AM

Check the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center website for the very latest schedule.


Archives of field trips:  [1997 ] [1998 ] [1999 ] [2000] [2001] [2002] [2003] [2004] [2005] [2006] [2007][2008][2009][2010, 2011 not available][2012][2013][2014][2015][2016]

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