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 3, Saturday, 7:30 AM
Tobin Park

Meet Mariann Golden (210/415-4661) at Tobin Park at the 150 Ira Lee entrance near Austin Highway. Bring water, snacks, and bug spray.
Information call 210/415-4661.

October 7, Wednesday, 8:00 AM
Joshua Springs Park and Preserve

Meet leader Desi D'Orsogna (home 830/755-8642 or cell 361/648-2719) at the first parking lot in the park. Take IH-10 West to Exit 533 (Welfare/FM 289). After you exit, stay right and go past Po-Po's Restaurant. Veer left and follow FM 289 under IH-10 and make the first right. Park is on your left. Bring water and snacks. Please RSVP to Desi so she knows who is attending.

October 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

October 11, Sunday, 8:00 AM
Choke Canyon State Park

Meet leader Mike Creese (210/479-5552) at the entrance to the South Shore Unit of Choke Canyon State Park, about 4 miles west of Three Rivers on Texas Highway 72. After birding a short while there, we will go to the Calliham Unit. Bring water, snacks, and insect repellent. There is a $5entrance fee or use your Texas State Parks pass.

October 21, Wednesday, 1:00—3:00 PM
SeaWorld San Antonio

SeaWorld San Antonio is home to over 50+ species of birds from all over the world. Thanks to SeaWorld employee/SAAS member Paige Newman, we’ll visit birds from the Arctic, Antarctic, and everywhere in between. Our group will visit Roa's Aviary and see tropical birds from South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Then we’ll visit The Penguin Encounter to meet penguins, puffins and more. We will also meet SeaWorld's Conservation Ambassador and learn how Sea-World is helping birds all over the world. Contact Helen Rejzek ( or 210/679-7437) by Thursday Oct.14. SAAS members have priority; space is limited.

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):

October 4, 1st Sunday, 8:00 AM with Mike Creese
October 11, 2nd Sunday, 8:00 AM with Curt McCamy
October 13, 2nd Tuesday, 8:00 AM with Helen Rejzek and Georgina Schwartz
October 18, 3rd Sunday, 8:00 AM with Helen Rejzek and Georgina Schwartz
October 24, 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]

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