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

June 1, Wednesday, 7:30 AM
Joshua Springs Park and Preserve

Meet leader Desi D'Orsogna (H: 830/755-8642 or C: 361/648-2179) at the first parking lot in the park. Take I-10 West to Exit 533 (Welfare/FM289). After you exit, stay right and go past Po-Po's Restaurant. Veer left and follow FM 289 under I-10 and make the first right. Park is on the left. Bring water and snacks. Please RSVP Desi if you plan to attend.

June 4, Saturday, 7:30 AM
Haggard Ranch Field Trip & Potluck

Visit Metha for a walk at her ranch in South Bexar County. Go south on IH-35 about 4 miles south of Loop 1604.Take Exit 137(Shepherd Road) and go left over the interstate. Take another left on the northbound access road. Drive 0.5 mile to the gate (cattle guard). Gate lock combo is 2473; please make sure the gate is closed once you drive through. Go over second cattle guard and go left at the fork to the house. Bring lunch and either a side dish or dessert to share. For more info contact Metha at 210/622-3886.

June 11, Saturday,  7:30 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

June 12, Sunday, 7:00 AM --- Note earlier start time!
Crescent Bend Nature Park

Meet leader Sandi Wheeler ( 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.

June 25, Saturday, 7:00 PM—Note PM start time
Warbler Woods at Night

Join Sandi Wheeler for an evening visit to Don and Susan Schaezler's Warbler Woods Sanctuary for nightjars, nighthawks, and owls. Bring a flashlight, insect repellent, chair, and water. To join us for dinner at Siam Cuisine (Thai) in Schertz before the field trip, contact Sandi Wheeler ( so she knows how many to expect. Directions to Warbler Woods are at under the heading Contact/Visit.

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):

June 5, 1st Sunday, 7:30 AM
June 12, 2nd Sunday, 7:30 AM
June 14, 2nd Tuesday, 7:30 AM
June 19, 3rd Sunday, 7:30 AM
June 25, 4th Sunday, 7:30 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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