Archive: 2016 Trips

January 9, 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

January 10, Sunday, 8:00 AM
Frank Madla Natural Area, Grey Forest

Meet leader Zachary Tonzetich (210/232-3670 or Zachary.tonzetich@gmail.com) in the parking lot at 8:00 am. Bring water and snacks. The park is on Menchaca Road in Grey Forest. Take Bandera Road (Highway 16) to Scenic Loop Road and turn right. Menchaca is located about 2 miles down Scenic Loop on the right. Look for the rock and wood entry gate on the right.

January 31, Sunday, 8:00 AM
Calaveras Lake

Meet leader Chris Bailey (210/621-3025) in the large parking lot inside the entrance to the park. We might have access to the gated primitive area, so everyone needs to be prompt.

March 12, 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

March 14, Monday, 10:00 AM
Materials Recovery Facility Tour

We will visit the Materials Recovery Facility (or MRF) which processes and sends individual recycling commodities, bales those commodities and then sells them on the open market. The MRF processes several thousand tons of recyclables for the city of San Antonio. We will meet at the ReCommunity MRF at 10:00 am, located at 1949 Hormel Drive off the
Splashtown exit of IH-35. Please wear sturdy shoes (no open-toed shoes or sandals). If you have a hard hat, safety glasses and ear protection, please bring those items. This tour will be limited to 15 people. If you plan to attend, please call Georgina Schwartz (210/342-2073).

March 22, Tuesday, 8:00 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 and snacks.

March 26, Saturday, 8:30 AM
Land Heritage Institute

Meet leaders Patsy and Alan Kuentz (210/422-3218) or apkuentz@aol.com) at the LHI gate on Neal Road. Take Exit 46 off Loop 410 on the south side and turn south on Moursand Blvd., which turns into Pleasanton Road. Turn right on Neal Road, about 5 miles south of Loop 410. Follow Neal Road 2.3 miles to the road on the right where there is a gated entrance. A $3 per person donation is requested. Bring water and snacks.

March 31, Thursday, 8:00 AM
Helton Nature Park—Wilson County

Leaders Sandi Wheeler(wheels5683@gmail.com) and Bill Zwartjes will meet you in the upper parking lot of the Helton Nature Center in Wilson County. To reach the park, drive south on I-37 and take US 181 toward Floresville. After passing Loop 1604, continue to FM 775. Turn right on FM 775 and continue west for about 1.2 miles. Turn right at the gate.

April 2, Saturday, 7:45 AM
South Llano State Park & Junction

We will meet Rhandy Helton at the Shell gas station at the IH-10/Martinez Street Exit in Junction. Trip will include sewer ponds, state park, and other hot spots around Junction. Please contact Helen Rejzek (hmr78253@gmail.com) if you plan to attend and if you are going to eat lunch with the group. Bring water and snacks; lunch at a local restaurant.

April 9, 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

April 10, Sunday, 7:45 AM
Maverick Ranch/Fromme Farm

We will meet Mary and Bebe Fenstermaker (956/236-3779) at the gate to the ranch on Boerne Stage Road. Directions: Exit IH-10 West in Leon Springs. Turn left on Boerne Stage Road, drive 3 miles to the stop sign, turn right on Boerne Stage Road. Go 1.4 miles to their gate on the left. The gate will be locked after we meet, so please be on time. Wear suitable footwear for hiking. Bring water, snacks, and lunch.

April 14, Thursday, 8:00 AM
Warbler Woods

Meet Sandi Wheeler (wheels5683@gmail.com) at Don and Susan Schaezler's sanctuary in Cibolo. Take IH-35 north toward Austin. Take Exit 176, Wiederstein Road. Turn right on Wiederstein at the overpass. Turn left at the next road, Old Wiederstein. After you pass Dean Road, the Schaezler's property begins on the right. Look for the green mailbox,19349 Old Wiederstein and the gate to the property.

April 17, Sunday, 8:00 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 and snacks.

April 22, Friday
Port Aransas

SAAS will bird the hotspots in Port Aransas. The trip is limited to 12 people. Contact Karen Moulder for more information (210/824-2547 or moulderkf@gmail.com).

April 27, Wednesday, 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. Time permitting, we will go to the San Antonio Botanical Garden afterward. The SABG fee is $10 for non-members; free for members.

June 1, Wednesday, 7:30 AM
Joshua Springs Park and Preserve

Meet leader Desi D'Orsogna (H: 830/755-8642 or C: 361/648-2179) at the first parking lot in the park. Take I-10 West to Exit 533 (Welfare/FM289). After you exit, stay right and go past Po-Po's Restaurant. Veer left and follow FM 289 under I-10 and make the first right. Park is on the left. Bring water and snacks. Please RSVP Desi if you plan to attend.

June 4, Saturday, 7:30 AM
Haggard Ranch Field Trip & Potluck

Visit Metha for a walk at her ranch in South Bexar County. Go south on IH-35 about 4 miles south of Loop 1604.Take Exit 137(Shepherd Road) and go left over the interstate. Take another left on the northbound access road. Drive 0.5 mile to the gate (cattle guard). Gate lock combo is 2473; please make sure the gate is closed once you drive through. Go over second cattle guard and go left at the fork to the house. Bring lunch and either a side dish or dessert to share. For more info contact Metha at 210/622-3886.

June 11, Saturday,  7:30 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

June 12, Sunday, 7:00 AM --- Note earlier start time!
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 and snacks.

June 25, Saturday, 7:00 PM—Note PM start time
Warbler Woods at Night

Join Sandi Wheeler for an evening visit to Don and Susan Schaezler's Warbler Woods Sanctuary for nightjars, nighthawks, and owls. Bring a flashlight, insect repellent, chair, and water. To join us for dinner at Siam Cuisine (Thai) in Schertz before the field trip, contact Sandi Wheeler (wheels5683@gmail.com) so she knows how many to expect. Directions to Warbler Woods are at Warblerwoods.org under the heading Contact/Visit.

July 9, Saturday,  7:30 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

 July 9, Saturday,  TBD PM
 Purple Martin Roost, Austin
We will be attending one of Travis Audubon's Purple Martin Parties on July 9. We'll plan to arrive at the roost site around 7:30 PM. The exact location is to be determined—the birds choose. Watch for updates through SAAS email list.

July 16, Saturday, 8:00 AM
Choke Canyon Calliham Unit

Meet leader Mike Creese (210/479-5552) at the entrance parking lot of the Choke Canyon State Park Calliham Unit. Go south on I-37 and take the Three Rivers exit. In town, go west on FM 72 and drive past the South Shore Unit for about 10 miles. The road to the park is on the right. A park entrance fee is charged per day -- $5 per person for adults 13 years of age and older. Or use your State Parks Pass. Bring water, snacks, lunch and insect repellent.

July 19, Tuesday, 7:30 AM
Stone Oak Park

Meet leader Barbara Gore at Stone Oak Park, 20395 Stone Oak Parkway. We will meet in the parking lot on the north side of the road.

July 26, Tuesday, 7:00 AM --- Note earlier start time!
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 and snacks.

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

Meet Karen Moulder (moulderkf@gmail.com) 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 (cbsturnbull@hotmail.com) 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 hornsbybend.org.

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 moulderkf@gmail.com.

September 27, 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 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.

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

Meet Karen Moulder (moulderkf@gmail.com) 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, Saturday,  4:30 PM
SA Audubon Annual Potluck Picnic

Meet at the Judson Nature Trails trailhouse, 246 Viesca Street in Alamo Heights. Some of SeaWorld’s avian ambassadors will join us to talk about their travels around the U.S. on behalf of wildlife conservation and education. Bring a dish to share or a donation for supplies. SAAS Board will furnish plasticware, plates, cups and beverages. There is no power at the trailhouse and sunset is at 7:00 PM. Bring a few card tables and a chair. Contact Georgina for details, if needed (210/342-2073).

October 25, 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.

October 30, Sunday, 8:00 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 and snacks.

November 2, Wednesday, 8:30 AM
Walker Ranch Park

Meet leaders Barbara Gore (210/378-7448) and Margie Zumbehl at the Walker Ranch Park on West Avenue for a walk around a new trail by Coker Methodist Church. Additional parking is available in the park’s south lot off of West Rhapsody if you find the main lot full. If there is time, we will also walk around Walker Ranch Park.

November 5, Saturday, 8:00 AM
Medina River Greenway/Pleasanton Road

Meet leader Christian Fernandez (210/415-0843) in the parking lot at the Pleasanton Road Trailhead located 2.9 miles south of the entrance to Mitchell Lake Audubon Center. Bring scopes to look at ducks from the SE side of the lake.

November 12, 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

November 13, Sunday, 8:00 AM
Choke Canyon State Park

Meet leader Mike Creese (210/479-5552) at entrance parking lot of 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. $5 entrance fee or use State Parks Pass. Bring water, lunch, bug spray.

November 15, Tuesday, 8:00 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 and snacks.

November 19, Saturday, 8:00 AM
Jackson Nature Park

Meet leader Christine Turnbull (cbsturnbull@hotmail.com) at the parking lot of the park. From San Antonio on US 87 toward Victoria, go past TX 97 to Floresville. Look for CR 401 on the right before Stockdale and the brown sign for Jackson Nature Trails. Turn right and drive to the park on the left after crossing the Cibolo Creek. Entrance fee $1.00.

December 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

December 11, Sunday, 8:00 AM
Crescent Bend Nature Park

Meet leader Alyssia Church (hawksaucebirding att 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 and snacks.

December 11, Sunday, 8:00 AM
Maverick Ranch/Fromme Farm

Meet Mary and Bebe Fenstermaker (956/236-3779) at the gate to the ranch on Boerne Stage Road for the winter bird survey. Exit IH-10 West in Leon Springs. Turn left on Boerne Stage Road, drive 3 miles to stop sign, turn right on Boerne Stage Road. Go 1.4 miles to the gate on the left. The gate will be locked after we meet, so please be on time. Wear suitable footwear for hiking. Bring water and snacks. Also bring lunch and a side to share. Will do the countdown at lunch.

December 18, Sunday
Christmas Bird Count

Dahn Windhorn (naturenut7@hotmail.com or 210-382-5968) is your contact for the Christmas Bird Count. If you are not already on a count team and are interested in participating, please let her know.

 

 


San Antonio Audubon Society, 5150 Broadway #257, San Antonio, TX 78209-5710, (210) 308-6788, E-mail
These pages are Copyright ©2005 San Antonio Audubon Society. Permission is granted to other nonprofit organizations to reprint articles, unless otherwise noted. Reprints must refer to the originating web site or newsletter and give credit to San Antonio Audubon Society and the specific author.

Webmaster e-mail: