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

September 9, Saturday,  7:30 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

September 19, Tuesday, 7:30 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.

September 26, Tuesday, 8:00 AM
Avenue A in Brackenridge Park

Meet leader Lora Reynolds (210/414-0792) in the Brackenridge Park parking lot on Red Oak, which intersects with Mulberry in the park. Bring water.

September 30, Saturday, 8:00 AM
Castroville Regional Park

Meet leader Georgina Schwartz (210/342-2073) in the upper parking lot of the park. Take US 90 west to Castroville. At the end of the Medina River bridge as you enter Castroville, turn left in front of the Landmark Inn onto Florence Street and follow the signs to the park. Bring water and snacks; lunch at a local restaurant.

October 7, Saturday, 4:00 PM Hike, 5:30 PM Meal
SAAS Annual Picnic

Join us at the Headwaters of the San Antonio River behind the University of Incarnate Word. SAAS VP Alex Antram (alex.antram@amormeus.org) will lead a walk at 4 PM; we’ll eat at 5:30 PM. The location has water, restrooms and picnic tables, but no electricity, so bring a dish to share that does not require heating and bring a chair, if you wish. SAAS will supply water and iced tea, cups, plates and plastic ware. Enter the UIW campus from Hildebrand and turn left. Follow the road around to back of the sports complex. Find the map here.

October 14, Saturday,  7:30 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

October 15, Sunday, 7:30 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 beon your left before Cibolo Creek. Bring water.

October 26, Thursday, 8:00 AM
Haggard Ranch

We will meet Metha at her ranch in South Bexar County. Drive south on I-35, about 4 miles south of Loop 1604 and take Exit 137 (Shepherd Road). Go left across the bridge and then left on the access road. Drive 0.5 mile to the gate and cattle guard. Drive over the second cattle guard and go left at the fork to the house. For more info, contact Metha 210/622-3886.

October 28, Saturday, 8:00 AM
Choke Canyon State Park

Meet leader Mike Creese (210/479-5552) at the entrance parking lot of the 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. There is an admission fee or use a State Parks Pass. Bring water, snacks, and lunch.

October 31, 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. Bring water and snacks.

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):

July 2, 1st Sunday, 7:30 AM
July 9, 2nd Sunday, 7:30 AM
July 11, 2nd Tuesday, 7:30 AM
July 16, 3rd Sunday, 7:30 AM
July 23, 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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