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

Meet Karen Moulder ( 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 17, Saturday, 7:15 AM
Hornsby Bend Monthly Walk, Austin

We will join the monthly bird walk at Hornsby Bend in Austin. It begins promptly at 7:30 AM, so please allow enough travel time, and time to check in and use bathroom facilities. To attend, contact Christine Turnbull ( no later than Sept.10 so we can inform the local leader how many people to expect. Bring water, snacks and insect repellent. Will carpool at Hornsby. For driving directions, visit

September 20, Tuesday, 8:30 AM
Panther Springs Park

Join us on a field trip to a new destination for SAAS—Panther Springs Park in Stone Oak, behind the Parman Library at 20735 Wilderness Oak. Drive on Blanco Road north of 1604 and turn right on Wilderness Oak. Drive two blocks and look for the library on the left. Turn into the Parman Library parking lot to park and meet the group. For information, contact Babs Gore, 210/378-7448.

September 22, Thursday, 8:00 AM
Avenue A and SA Botanical Garden

Meet leader Lora Reynolds (210/414-0792) in the parking lot on Red Oak, which intersects Mulberry in Brackenridge Park. We will walk down Avenue A. Time permitting, we will go to the San Antonio Botanical Garden (SABG), where the fee is $10 for non-SABG members, $8 for 65+ and free for SABG members.

September 24-25, Saturday and Sunday
Port Aransas/Hazel Bazemore Hawk Watch

The group will be birding the hotspots and concentrating on shorebirds and migrants. Trip is limited to 12 people and SAAS members have priority. For information, contact Karen Moulder at 210/824-2547 or

September 27, Tuesday, 7:30 AM
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.

October 1, 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.

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 (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):

September 4, 1st Sunday, 8:00 AM
September 11, 2nd Sunday, 8:00 AM
September 13 , 2nd Tuesday, 8:00 AM
September 18, 3rd Sunday, 8:00 AM
September 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]

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