SAAS Meetings

We meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at the San Antonio Zoo Education Center. We will have access to the Zoo Alternate Parking Lot just around the corner from the main entrance to the zoo. This lot is just a short walk down a brick path to the Education Center. For those with mobility concerns, a parking permit for the few spaces just outside the Education Center will be available.

Meeting Location

General Meetings




Thursday, March 1 ● 7:00 PM
San Antonio Zoo Education Center
Snakes You Might Meet While Birding
Presenter: Gil Martinez, MLAC

All snakes are NOT “copper-headed water rattlers” intent on biting birders. While most snakes are nonvenomous and tend to avoid contact with people when given the chance, they can still give us quite a scare. And a well camouflaged snake can surprise us at close range and may protect itself if we miss its “Don’t Tread on Me” signs and blunder too close. The best way to avoid trouble with snakes is to understand their habits and avoid close contact with them.That’s where Gil Martinez of Mitchell Lake Audubon Center comes in. At our March meeting, he will discuss range, habitats and habits of these amazing creatures. Gil is bringing some of his snake collection with him to the meeting, but the snakes will NOT be in the meeting room.

Gil has a degree in Biology from the University of Texas Pan-American (now UT Rio Grande Valley), with an emphasis in herpetology. He is a native Texan who spends most of his spare time in the south Texas thornscrub chasing after indigo snakes and western diamondbacks. He has worked for the USFWS as a park ranger, as an environmental scientist working with oil and gas companies, and has been with Audubon for the past 3 years.


Thursday, April 5 ● 7:00 PM
San Antonio Zoo Education Center
 The 12 Elements of a Thoughtful Bird Feeding Station
 Presenter: Kim Keller Bose, Wild Birds Unlimited

According to Kim Keller Bose, Wild Birds Unlimited is our GO TO place for backyard bird feeding and advice, with everything we need to create a backyard birding area. Kim will fill us in on The 12 Elements of a Thoughtful Bird Feeding Station and bring along some new products to help us bring more birds to our backyard with a greater variety and better food. Kim is the owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU) store at 9910 W. Loop 1604 N in San Antonio. WBU is a national franchise that prides itself on bringing people and nature together. This location has been open for over 2 years. This is Kim’s retirement job, although she says she works harder than she ever did as a financial advisor, and that it brings her great joy every day!

Board Meetings

Last Tuesday of each month, 6:30 PM
SAAS Board Meeting
location: San Antonio Zoo Education Center



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