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Field Trips in 2006

 

December 17, Friday
SAAS Christmas Bird Count

Bob Doe is compiler. Sign up at the December meeting or by contacting Bob at <cbc@saaudubon.org>. The teams meet in their designated areas for a full day of counting species for science. A great way to see new country and lots of birds. You DO NOT have to be an expert to help on the CBC! Everyone is welcome.

December 16, Saturday, **8:45 AM**
Botanical Garden Bird Walk
Meet SAAS leader at the south gate entrance of the Carriage House at 8:45 AM sharp, gates are locked at 9:00 AM; walk ends at about 11 AM. Admission $5. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place (corner of N. New Braunfels).

December 9, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS Beginner’s Bird Walk
Meet leader at Judson Nature Trails next to Alamo Heights swimming pool. At 5900 block of Broadway in Alamo Heights, turn west on Ogden to stop sign at Greely Street. Turn left one block, then right on Viesca to small parking lot on left before the swimming pool. Binoculars available, everyone is welcome.Map

December 3, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS Adopt-a-Highway Trash Pick-up

SAAS has agreed to pick up trash once each quarter. Meet at the sign designating the San Antonio Audubon’s section along US 281 (south of 410) to pick up supplies and instructions. Bring gloves and water. The sign is 2 miles south of the intersection of US 281 with FM 1937. Our section continues 2 miles to just past the Medina River Bridge. Our goal is always to finish in two hours or less, so participants can always head over to Mitchell Lake for some birding afterwards.

December 2, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Pullin Ranch

In Whitsett. TX. Meet there at 8:00 AM. Driving time about 1 1/2 hours. Proceed down I-37 and exit to FM 99. Take a right and go past the blinking light and the railroad track in Whitsett to Pullin Road on the left. Bring lunch and plan to walk around the ranch. We may make a stop at the feed lot on the way back to look for sandhill cranes and snow geese.

November 25, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Mitchell Lake
Meet leader Ernie Roney at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center entrance on Moursund/Pleasanton Road, 0.7 mile south of Loop 410 (exit 46) in south San Antonio. A small entrance fee will be charged.Map

November 18, Saturday, **8:45 AM**
Botanical Garden Bird Walk
Meet SAAS leader at the south gate entrance of the Carriage House at 8:45 AM sharp, gates are locked at 9:00 AM; walk ends at about 11 AM. Admission $5. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place (corner of N. New Braunfels).

November 12, Sunday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Castroville Regional Park
We will look for late migrants and winter residents in several different habitats: ponds, scrub, park, river. Meet leaders Georgina Schwartz and Helen Rejzek in the first parking lot (above the pool). From US 90 West, turn left on Athens St. and follow the signs to the park.

November 11, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS Beginner’s Bird Walk
Meet leader Georgina Schwartz at Judson Nature Trails next to Alamo Heights swimming pool. At 5900 block of Broadway in Alamo Heights, turn west on Ogden to stop sign at Greely Street. Turn left one block, then right on Viesca to small parking lot on left before the swimming pool. Binoculars available, everyone is welcome.Map

November 4, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Schaezler’s Warbler Woods
Meet at Susan and Don Schaezler’s home, 19349 Old Wiederstein Road in Cibolo at 8:00 AM. From I-35 northbound, take exit 176. Stay on the access road and turn right onto Wiederstein Road. After about 1/2 mile, turn left onto Old Wiederstein Road. Continue past Dean Road 4/10 mile to the driveway and green mailbox on the right. Continue down the driveway; please sign in at the Visitor Kiosk in the parking area.

October 28, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Mitchell Lake

Meet leader Ernie Roney at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center entrance on Moursund/Pleasanton Road, 0.7 mile south of Loop 410 (exit 46) in south San Antonio. A small entrance fee will be charged.Map

October 21, Saturday, **8:45 AM** [NEW TIME]
Botanical Garden Bird Walk

Meet SAAS leader at the south gate entrance of the Carriage House at 8:45 AM sharp, gates are locked at 9:00 AM; walk ends at about 11 AM. Admission $5. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place (corner of N. New Braunfels).

October 14, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS Beginner’s Bird Walk

Meet leader at Judson Nature Trails next to Alamo Heights swimming pool. At 5900 block of Broadway in Alamo Heights, turn west on Ogden to stop sign at Greely Street. Turn left one block, then right on Viesca to small parking lot on left before the swimming pool. Binoculars available, everyone is welcome.Map

September 30, Saturday, 7:30 AM
SAAS Adopt-a-Highway Trash Pickup

SAAS has agreed to pick up trash once each quarter. Meet at the sign designating the San Antonio Audubon’s section along US 281 (south of 410) to pick up supplies and instructions. The sign is 2 miles south of the intersection of US 281 with FM 1937. Our section continues 2 miles to just past the Medina River Bridge. Our goal is always to finish in two hours or less, so participants can always head over to Mitchell Lake for some birding afterwards.

September 23, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Mitchell Lake

Meet leader Ernie Roney at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center entrance on Moursund/Pleasanton Road, 0.7 mile south of Loop 410 (exit 46) in south San Antonio. A small entrance fee will be charged.Map

September 17, Sunday, 7:30 AM
SAAS field trip to Medina River Park

Meet the leader Bob Doe at parking lot at 7:30 AM. The park entrance on SH 16 is 4.2 miles south of the intersection of SH 16 and IH 410 in south San Antonio. Turn left into the park just BEFORE crossing the bridge over the Medina River.

September 16, Saturday, 7:45 AM
Botanical Garden Bird Walk

Meet SAAS leader at the south gate entrance of the Carriage House at 7:45 AM sharp, gates are locked at 8 AM; walk ends at about 10 AM. Free admission. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place (corner of N. New Braunfels).

September 9, Saturday, *8:00 AM*
SAAS Beginner’s Bird Walk

Meet leader Georgina Schwartz at Judson Nature Trails next to Alamo Heights swimming pool. At 5900 block of Broadway in Alamo Heights, turn west on Ogden to stop sign at Greely Street. Turn left one block, then right on Viesca to small parking lot on left before the swimming pool. Binoculars available, everyone is welcome.Map

August 27, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Mitchell Lake

Meet leader Ernie Roney at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center entrance on Moursund/Pleasanton Road, 0.7 mile south of Loop 410 (exit 46) in south San Antonio. A small entrance fee will be charged.Map

August 20, Sunday, 7:30 AM
SAAS field trip to O.P. Schnabel Park and Leon Creek Greenway

Meet leader Bob Doe at 7:30 at the parking lot by the soccer fields just inside the entrance to the park. The entrance is on the east side of Bandera Road, opposite Braun Road, in NW San Antonio. The creek bottom along Leon Creek has historically been a good place for migrant warblers and flycatchers. Note: The walk down to the creek bottom is steep, rocky and slippery.

August 19, Saturday, 7:45 AM
Botanical Garden Bird Walk

Meet SAAS leader at the south gate entrance of the Carriage House at 7:45 AM sharp, gates are locked at 8 AM; walk ends at about 10 AM. Free admission. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place (corner of N. New Braunfels).

August 12, Saturday, 7:30 AM
SAAS Beginner’s Bird Walk

Meet leader Georgina Schwartz at Judson Nature Trails next to Alamo Heights swimming pool. At 5900 block of Broadway in Alamo Heights, turn west on Ogden to stop sign at Greely Street. Turn left one block, then right on Viesca to small parking lot on left before the swimming pool. Binoculars available, everyone is welcome.Map

July 30, Sunday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Mitchell Lake for Shorebirds

Meet leader Bob Doe at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center; enter from Moursund/Pleasanton Road, 0.7 miles south of Loop 410 (Exit 46) in south San Antonio. This trip will concentrate on returning shorebirds. There is a small admission fee for the docent-led tour.Map

July 22, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Mitchell Lake

Meet leader Ernie Roney at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center entrance on Moursund/Pleasanton Road, 0.7 mile south of Loop 410 (exit 46) in south San Antonio. A small entrance fee will be charged.Map

July 15, Saturday, 7:45 AM
Botanical Garden Bird Walk

Meet SAAS leader at the south gate entrance of the Carriage House at 7:45 AM sharp, gates are locked at 8 AM; walk ends at about 10 AM. Free admission. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place (corner of N. New Braunfels).

July 9, Sunday, 7:30 AM
SAAS field trip to Medina River Park
Meet leaders Helen Rejzek and Georgina Schwartz at the parking lot at 7:30 AM. From the intersection of SH 16 and Loop 410 in south San Antonio, take SH 16 south. Turn left into the park just BEFORE you reach the bridge over the Medina River.

July 8, Saturday, 7:30 AM
SAAS Beginner’s Bird Walk

Meet leader Dick Bartels at Judson Nature Trails next to Alamo Heights swimming pool. At 5900 block of Broadway in Alamo Heights, turn west on Ogden to stop sign at Greely Street. Turn left one block, then right on Viesca to small parking lot on left before the swimming pool. Binoculars available, everyone is welcome.Map

June 24, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Mitchell Lake

Meet leader Ernie Roney at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center entrance on Moursund/Pleasanton Road, 0.7 mile south of Loop 410 (exit 46) in south San Antonio. A small entrance fee will be charged.Map

June 17, Saturday, 7:45 AM
Botanical Garden Bird Walk

Meet SAAS leader at the south gate entrance of the Carriage House at 7:45 AM sharp, gates are locked at 8 AM; walk ends at about 10 AM. Free admission. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place (corner of N. New Braunfels).

June 10, Saturday, *7:30* AM NOTE EARLIER TIME
SAAS Beginner’s Bird Walk

Meet leader Georgina Schwartz at Judson Nature Trails next to Alamo Heights swimming pool. At 5900 block of Broadway in Alamo Heights, turn west on Ogden to stop sign at Greely Street. Turn left one block, then right on Viesca to small parking lot on left before the swimming pool. Binoculars available, everyone is welcome.Map

June 4, Sunday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Castroville Regional Park

We will look for summer residents in several different habitats: ponds, scrub, park, river. Meet leaders Helen Rejzek and Georgina Schwartz in the first parking lot (above the pool). From US 90 West, turn left on Athens St. and follow the signs to the park

May 27, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Mitchell Lake

Meet leader Ernie Roney at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center entrance on Moursund/Pleasanton Road, 0.7 mile south of Loop 410 (exit 46) in south San Antonio. A small entrance fee will be charged.Map

May 20, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Tobin Park

This park is being developed as part of the Salado Creek Hike and Bike Trail system. We should see late spring migrants and summer residents. Meet leader Mariann Golden at 8:00 AM. Directions: Driving east on Loop 410 in north San Antonio, take the Harry Wurzbach exit and stay on the access road. Ira Lee Road will be on the right BEFORE you cross Salado Creek. Turn Right on Ira Lee until you see the park entrance on the left. Mariann Golden

May 20, Saturday, 7:45 AM
Botanical Garden Bird Walk

Meet SAAS leader at the south gate entrance of the Carriage House at 7:45 AM sharp, gates are locked at 8 AM; walk ends at about 10 AM. Free admission. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place (corner of N. New Braunfels).

May 13, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS Beginner’s Bird Walk

Meet leader Georgina Schwartz at Judson Nature Trails next to Alamo Heights swimming pool. At 5900 block of Broadway in Alamo Heights, turn west on Ogden to stop sign at Greely Street. Turn left one block, then right on Viesca to small parking lot on left before the swimming pool. Binoculars available, everyone is welcome.Map

May 7, Sunday, 8:00 AM
SAAS Adopt-A-Highway Pick-up and Field Trip

Let’s hope the turn-out is better than last time, folks. This is our chance to show the community our small commitment to the environment, so please lend a hand. We’ll be having a picnic afterward! Small teams will be covering quarter-mile sections. Bring gloves. Please contact Barbara Kyse to sign up, or just show up that morning and we’ll be happy to see you. Meet at the Adopt-A-Highway sign on US 281 South, south of Loop 410 and north of the Medina River.

April 30, Sunday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Schaezler’s Warbler Woods

Meet at Susan and Don Schaezler’s home, 19349 Old Wiederstein Road in Cibolo at 8:00 AM. From I-35 northbound, take Exit 176. Stay on the access road and turn right onto Wiederstein Road. After about 1/2 mile, turn left onto Old Wiederstein Road. Continue past Dean Road 4/10 mile to the driveway and green mailbox on the right.

April 22, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Mitchell Lake

Meet leader Ernie Roney at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center entrance on Moursund/Pleasanton Road, 0.7 mile south of Loop 410 (exit 46) in south San Antonio. A small entrance fee will be charged.Map

April 15, Saturday, 7:45 AM
Botanical Garden Bird Walk

Meet SAAS leader at the south gate entrance of the Carriage House at 7:45 AM sharp, gates are locked at 8 AM; walk ends at about 10 AM. Free admission. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place (corner of N. New Braunfels).

April 8, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS Beginner’s Bird Walk

Meet leader Georgina Schwartz at Judson Nature Trails next to Alamo Heights swimming pool. At 5900 block of Broadway in Alamo Heights, turn west on Ogden to stop sign at Greely Street. Turn left one block, then right on Viesca to small parking lot on left before the swimming pool. Binoculars available, everyone is welcome.Map

April 2, Sunday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to O.P. Schnabel Park and Leon Creek Greenway

Meet leader Bob Doe for a trip up Leon Creek (water level permitting). We will walk up the creek to Bamberger Nature Park and back, about 4 miles total, looking for migrants. Directions: From the intersection of Loop 1604 and Bandera Road in NW San Antonio, take Bandera southeast (inside the loop) about 2 miles to the park entrance on the left (across from Braun Road). Once inside the park, turn left at the first road, and meet in the large parking lot near the pavilion. Bring water for the walk. NOTE: Daylight Savings Time starts SUNDAY MORNING!

March 26, Sunday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Government Canyon SNA

By late March, singing and nesting are in full force for many of our resident birds. Additionally, the flood of spring migrants is swelling. This trip will be about a 6-mile, round trip up the canyon on good, but rocky, trails. A shorter (4-mile) trip through the lowlands may be possible. Meet leader Rachel Alvarado at 8:00 am at the park entrance. Bring water and possibly a trail snack. From the intersection of Loop 1604 and Culebra Rd (FM 471) in western San Antonio, take 471 South (west) past Taft High School and the National Shooting Range to Galm Road. Turn right on Galm and proceed to the park entrance. Entrance fee is $6 or park pass

March 25, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Mitchell Lake

Meet leader Ernie Roney at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center entrance on Moursund/Pleasanton Road, 0.7 mile south of Loop 410 (exit 46) in south San Antonio. A small entrance fee will be charged.Map

March 19, Sunday, 8:00 AM
SAAS Sky Watch at Comanche Lookout

Mid March is an ideal time to look for large flocks of northbound migrants. Sandhill Cranes, Anhinga, Geese, Broad-winged and Swainson’s Hawks, accipiters and falcons can all be seen if conditions are right. Meet leader Bob Doe at Comanche Lookout Park at 8:00 am. We will bird in the brush around the hill for resident and migrant passerines, then plan to be on top of the hill about 9:00. From the intersection of Judson Road and Nacogdoches Road in north San Antonio, go NE on Nacogdoches for about 200 yards to the park entrance on the left.

March 18, Saturday, 7:45 AM
Botanical Garden Bird Walk

Meet SAAS leader Greg Lisciandro at the south gate entrance of the Carriage House at 7:45 AM sharp, gates are locked at 8 AM; walk ends at about 10 AM. Free admission. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place (corner of N. New Braunfels).

March 12, Sunday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Medina River Park

Northern Parula are among the earliest migrating warblers; they apparently nested in the park last year. This trip is to look for returning Northern Parula, Louisiana Waterthrush, and other early migrants, as well as wintering visitors. Meet leader Helen Rejzek at the park at 8:00 am, expect about a 3-mile walk over good trails. From the intersection of SH 16 and Loop 410 in south San Antonio, take SH 16 south. Turn left into the park just BEFORE you reach the bridge over the Medina River.

March 11, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS Beginner’s Bird Walk

Meet leader Dick Bartels at Judson Nature Trails next to Alamo Heights swimming pool. At 5900 block of Broadway in Alamo Heights, turn west on Ogden to stop sign at Greely Street. Turn left one block, then right on Viesca to small parking lot on left before the swimming pool. Binoculars available, everyone is welcome.Map

March 5, Sunday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Friedrich & Crownridge Parks

This trip is to look and listen for returning Golden-cheeked Warblers. We will also walk up to the south rim to listen for singing Rufous-crowned Sparrows. In the late morning, we will drive around the hill to the explore the newly opened Crownridge Park. Meet leader Bob Doe at Friedrich Park at 8:00 am. Trails are good, but steep in parts. From the intersection of Loop 1604 and I-10 in NW San Antonio, take I-10 West. Exit at Camp Bullis Road. Go under the freeway and turn right onto the eastern access road. Follow signs to the park.

February 26, Sunday, 8:00 AM
SAAS Adopt-A-Highway Pick-up and Field Trip

Please contact Barbara Kyse to sign up for the trash party. This is a great way to show support for the environment and the club. Small teams will be covering quarter-mile sections. Bring gloves. We’ll be touring Mitchell Lake afterward as our reward. Meet at the Adopt-A-Highway sign on US 281 South, south of Loop 410 and north of the Medina River.

February 25, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Mitchell Lake

Meet leader Ernie Roney at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center entrance on Moursund/Pleasanton Road, 0.7 mile south of Loop 410 (exit 46) in south San Antonio. A small entrance fee will be charged.Map

February 18, Saturday, 7:45 AM
Botanical Garden Bird Walk

Meet SAAS leader Greg Lisciandro at the south gate entrance of the Carriage House at 7:45 AM sharp, gates are locked at 8 AM; walk ends at about 10 AM. Free admission. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place (corner of N. New Braunfels).

February 18–20, Saturday–Monday
SAAS field trips in Big Bend National Park

This trip will concentrate on wintering sparrows not usually found in the San Antonio area (Sage, Brewer’s, Black-chinned, etc), as well as provide an orientation to the park for those wishing to visit at other times. Meet at 8:00 AM on Saturday morning at the Rio Grande Village store. Leader: Bob Doe

February 11, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS Beginner’s Bird Walk

Meet leader Dick Bartels at Judson Nature Trails next to Alamo Heights swimming pool. At 5900 block of Broadway in Alamo Heights, turn west on Ogden to stop sign at Greely Street. Turn left one block, then right on Viesca to small parking lot on left before the swimming pool. Binoculars available, everyone is welcome.Map

February 4, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Cartwright Ranch
Meet leader Jean Bensmiller at 8:00 AM at the causeway on FM 534 over Lake Corpus Christi; arrive early if you want to bird there. About 2 hours south of SA: take IH-37 south to exit 47 (Swinney Switch), go to the intersection of FM 534. Turn right on 534 toward Dinero and go about a half mile; park off the road before you reach the causeway. Carpooling is encouraged; Jean will lead the caravan to the ranch gate. Bring lunch and water; no restrooms, but there’s a convenience store in Swinney Switch. Probable Green Jays, Great Kiskadee and lots more.

January 28, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS field trip to Mitchell Lake

Meet leader Ernie Roney at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center entrance on Moursund/Pleasanton Road, 0.7 mile south of Loop 410 (exit 46) in south San Antonio. A small entrance fee will be charged.Map

January 21, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS Field trips to Government Canyon SNA

Introductory walks in newly opened State Natural Area. For people doing the Bexar County Birding Challenge, this is a good area for Canyon Wren and Common Raven among others. Bring water and good walking shoes or boots. At least 2 walks available: Visitor Center and Escarpment (approx. 2 miles round trip, easy walking) and Canyon Walk (approx. 6 miles round trip, moderately rough). If enough interest, we may do a Ridge and Canyon walk (approx. 6 miles, rough walking). Directions: From Loop 1604 and Culebra in West Bexar County, take Culebra (FM 471 South) west past Taft High School and the National Shooting Range to Galm Road. Turn right on Galm and proceed to the entrance. Meet at 8:00 AM at the entrance. $6 park fee (or park pass)

January 21, Saturday, 7:45 AM
Botanical Garden Bird Walk

Meet the SAAS leader at the south gate entrance of the Carriage House at 7:45 AM sharp, gates are locked at 8 AM; walk ends at about 10 AM. Free admission. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place (corner of N. New Braunfels).

January 14, Saturday, 8:00 AM
SAAS Beginner’s Bird Walk

Meet leader at Judson Nature Trails next to Alamo Heights swimming pool. At 5900 block of Broadway in Alamo Heights, turn west on Ogden to stop sign at Greely Street. Turn left one block, then right on Viesca to small parking lot on left before the swimming pool. Binoculars available, everyone is welcome.Map

January 8, Sunday, 8:00 AM
SAAS Field trip to Calaveras Lake

Meet at 8:00 AM at the rest room just inside the entrance to the park. Bring lunch or lunch money. $4 entrance fee ($2 seniors) Directions: From Loop 1604 and US 181 in SE Bexar County, take Loop 1604 north (left) to Stuart Road. Turn north (left) on Stuart to the park entrance on left. Leader: Georgina Schwartz


 

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