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 3, Saturday, 8:00 AM
Haggard Ranch
We will meet Metha at her ranch in South Bexar County. Go south on I-37, about 4 miles south of Loop 1604. Take Exit 137 (Shepherd Road) and take a left across the bridge, then left on the access road. Drive 0.5 mile to the gate and cattle guard. Please make sure gate is closed once you drive through. Go over second cattle guard and go left at the fork to the house. For additional info, call Metha at 210/622-3886.

March 5, Monday, 8:00 AM
Mission Espada
Meet Karen and Jerry Moulder (210/824-2547 or moulderkf@gmail.com) at Mission Espada parking lot for a bird walk along the trails. After birding, Jerry, a Mission docent, will give a short talk about the Spanish Missions.

March 10, Saturday,  8:00 AM
SAAS Beginners’ Bird Walk

Meet Georgina Schwartz 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 17, Saturday, 8:00 AM
Land Heritage Institute

Meet Patsy and Alan Kuentz (210/493-2673 or 210/749-7196) at the LHI gate on Neal Road. Take Exit 46 off Loop 410 on the south side and turn south on Morsund Blvd., which turns into Pleasanton Road. Turn right onto Neal Road about 5 miles south of 410. Follow Neal Road 2.3 miles to the road on the right to the gated entrance. A $3 donation is requested. Bring snacks and water.

March 20, 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.

March 23, Friday, 8:00 AM
Friedrich Wilderness Park
Meet Helen Rejzek (hmr78253@gmail.com) in the parking lot of the park. Take I-10 west from Loop 1604 to the Dominion Drive exit. Turn left under I-10 and turn left again heading toward San Antonio. Continue on access road. Turn right on Milsa Drive, then turn left on Milsa. The park will be on your right. Trails are rocky, so please wear appropriate footwear.

March 31,
Saturday, 8:00 AM
Frank Madla Natural Area
Meet leader Zachary Tonzetich (zachary.tonzetich@gmail.com or 210/232-3670 ) in the parking lot. The park is off of Menchaca Road in Grey Forest near Rancho Diana. Take Bandera Road (Highway 16) to  Scenic Loop Road. Take a right on Scenic Loop Road and drive about 2 miles to Menchaca. Turn right and drive until you see a rock and wood entry gate on the right.

April 3, Tuesday, 8:00 AM
Blanco State Park
Meet Shirley Winslow at the entrance to the park at 8:00 AM. The park opens at 8:30 AM, but we can pay $4 or show our park pass on the way out. We will enjoy wildflowers blooming and early Spring migrants.Lunch at the Redbud Cafe. For info and to RSVP for lunch, contact Georgina (210/342-2073).

April 8, Sunday, 8:00 AM
Maverick Ranch

Meet Mary and Bebe Fenstermaker (956/236-3779) at their gate to their ranch on Boerne Stage Road. Exit I-10 West in Leon Springs. Turn left on Boerne Stage Road; drive 3 miles to the stop sign and turn right on Boerne Stage Road. Drive 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 snacks and water! Lunch at a local restaurant.

April 14, Saturday,  8:00 AM
SAAS Beginners’ Bird Walk

Meet Georgina Schwartz 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 22, 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.

April 24, Tuesday, 8:00 AM
Warbler Woods

Meet Sandi Wheeler at Don and Susan Schaezler’s sanctuary in Cibolo. Take I-35 north toward Austin. Take Exit 176, Wiederstein Road. Turn right onto Wiederstein at the overpass. Turn left at the next road, Old Wiederstein Road. After you pass Dean Road, the Schaezler property begins on the right. Look for the green mailbox, 19349 Old Wiederstein.

April 25, Wednesday, 8:00 AM
Warbler Wednesday, Judson Nature Trails

Meet leader Mariann Golden (210-415-4661) at the Judson Nature Trail House. From the 5900 block of Broadway, turn west on Ogden Street and drive to the stop sign at Greeley Street. You’ll see a sign to Judson Nature Trails. Turn left, go one block and turn right on Viesca, then into parking lot on left. We will look for warblers and Spring migrants.

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 4, 1st Sunday, 7:30 AM
March 11, 2nd Sunday, 7:30 AM
March 13, 2nd Tuesday, 7:30 AM
March 18, 3rd Sunday, 7:30 AM
March 25, 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][2017]

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