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

October 15, Saturday,  4:30 PM
SA Audubon Annual Potluck Picnic

Meet at the Judson Nature Trails trailhouse, 246 Viesca Street in Alamo Heights. Some of SeaWorld’s avian ambassadors will join us to talk about their travels around the U.S. on behalf of wildlife conservation and education. Bring a dish to share or a donation for supplies. SAAS Board will furnish plasticware, plates, cups and beverages. There is no power at the trailhouse and sunset is at 7:00 PM. Bring a few card tables and a chair. Contact Georgina for details, if needed (210/342-2073).

October 25, Tuesday, 8:00 AM
Medina River Natural Area

Meet leader Helen Rejzek (hmr78253@gmail.com) in the main parking lot of the Natural Area. From Loop 410 South, take the Palo Alto /SH 16 Exit. Drive 4.2 miles south on SH 16;the park entrance is on the left just before the Medina River bridge.

October 30, 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.

November 2, Wednesday, 8:30 AM
Walker Ranch Park

Meet leaders Barbara Gore (210/378-7448) and Margie Zumbehl at the Walker Ranch Park on West Avenue for a walk around a new trail by Coker Methodist Church. Additional parking is available in the park’s south lot off of West Rhapsody if you find the main lot full. If there is time, we will also walk around Walker Ranch Park.

November 5, Saturday, 8:00 AM
Medina River Greenway/Pleasanton Road

Meet leader Christian Fernandez (210/415-0843) in the parking lot at the Pleasanton Road Trailhead located 2.9 miles south of the entrance to Mitchell Lake Audubon Center. Bring scopes to look at ducks from the SE side of the lake.

November 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

November 13, Sunday, 8:00 AM
Choke Canyon State Park

Meet leader Mike Creese (210/479-5552) at entrance parking lot of Calliham Unit. Go south on I-37 and take the exit to Three Rivers. In town turn west on FM 72 and go past the South Shore Unit for about 10 miles. The road to the park is on the right. $5 entrance fee or use State Parks Pass. Bring water, lunch, bug spray.

November 15, 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.

November 19, Saturday, 8:00 AM
Jackson Nature Park

Meet leader Christine Turnbull (cbsturnbull@hotmail.com) at the parking lot of the park. From San Antonio on US 87 toward Victoria, go past TX 97 to Floresville. Look for CR 401 on the right before Stockdale and the brown sign for Jackson Nature Trails. Turn right and drive to the park on the left after crossing the Cibolo Creek. Entrance fee $1.00.

December 10, 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

December 11, Sunday, 8:00 AM
Crescent Bend Nature Park

Meet leader Alyssia Church (hawksaucebirding att 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.

December 11, Sunday, 8:00 AM
Maverick Ranch/Fromme Farm

Meet Mary and Bebe Fenstermaker (956/236-3779) at the gate to the ranch on Boerne Stage Road for the winter bird survey. Exit IH-10 West in Leon Springs. Turn left on Boerne Stage Road, drive 3 miles to stop sign, turn right on Boerne Stage Road. Go 1.4 miles to the gate on the left. The gate will be locked after we meet, so please be on time. Wear suitable footwear for hiking. Bring water and snacks. Also bring lunch and a side to share. Will do the countdown at lunch.

December 18, Sunday
Christmas Bird Count
Dahn Windhorn (naturenut7@hotmail.com or 210-382-5968) is your contact for the Christmas Bird Count. If you are not already on a count team and are interested in participating, please let her know.

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 (see summer hours below) 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.

Summer Hours: July 5 - September 1
Tuesday-Thursday: 8am - noon
Friday-Saturday: 8am - 4pm
Sunday: 8am - 2pm

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

October 2, 1st Sunday, 8:00 AM
October 9, 2nd Sunday, 8:00 AM
October 11 , 2nd Tuesday, 8:00 AM
October 16, 3rd Sunday, 8:00 AM
October 30, 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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