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 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
July 9, Saturday,
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.
Purple Martin Roost, Austin
We will be attending one of Travis Audubon's Purple Martin Parties on July 9. We'll plan to arrive at the roost site around 7:30 PM. The exact location is to be determined—the birds choose. Watch for updates through SAAS email list.
Saturday, 8:00 AM
Choke Canyon Calliham Unit
Meet leader Mike Creese (210/479-5552) at the entrance parking lot of the Choke Canyon State Park Calliham Unit. Go south on I-37 and take the Three Rivers exit. In town, go west on FM 72 and drive past the South Shore Unit for about 10 miles. The road to the park is on the right. A park entrance fee is charged per day -- $5 per person for adults 13 years of age and older. Or use your State Parks Pass. Bring water, snacks, lunch and insect repellent.
July 19, Tuesday, 7:30 AM
Stone Oak Park
Meet leader Barbara Gore at Stone Oak Park, 20395 Stone Oak Parkway. We will meet in the parking lot on the north side of the road.
July 26, Tuesday, 7:00 AM --- Note earlier start
Crescent Bend Nature Park
Meet leader Sandi Wheeler (email@example.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.
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):
1st Sunday, 7:30 AM
July 10, 2nd Sunday, 7:30 AM
July 12, 2nd Tuesday, 7:30 AM
July 17, 3rd Sunday, 7:30 AM
July 24, 4th Sunday, 7:30 AM
Check the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center website for the very latest schedule.
San Antonio Audubon Society, 5150 Broadway
#257, San Antonio, TX 78209-5710, E-mail
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