Inspiring conservation through birding. We promote the enjoyment, understanding, and conservation of native birds and their habitats in central Texas.
You should make The Feather Thief the next book on your reading list. Here's why:…
RT @TXEnvEd: Fun time at a @TravisAudubon Purple Martin party. Texas is one of the major flyways at the end of breeding season and enormous…
Today's the day! Join us for our first Purple Martin Party of the season tonight at 7:45 PM near the Sam's Club in Round Rock. Learn more (including the other dates you can join us) at…
Purple Martin Parties start tomorrow! Free and open to the public, these parties are a time for nature enthusiasts to congregate and watch an acrobatic swirl of tens (sometimes hundreds) of thousands of birds. Check out our website for more info:
Please join us in welcoming our newest team member, Kelsey McKenna!…
Part II of the spectacular VENT trip to the midwest:
Other than the Purple Martins (our first party is this Friday!), these are some birds you can expect to see in July:
Next Monday (July 15) is the deadline to submit an application for our part-time education internship! Learn more here:
Our office will be closed on July 4th and 5th in observance of Independence Day. Have a safe and fun holiday, everyone!
Next time you're at Commons Ford, check out the new bird blind at the prairie! It was recently dedicated to Rusty Osborne, a lover of nature and frequent visitor to the park before his passing in June of 2016. Learn more:
Interested in improving your raptor ID skills? Register for the fall session of our Raptor Identification Class:…
RT @mrwalkerlasa: Wed at 7PM CST, I'll be live from the Arctic with Rose Cory on her work investigating thawing permafrost. Would love to h…
Travis Audubon is seeking a part-time Education Intern for Fall 2019! Learn more here:
Learn why we oppose the current route for Kinder Morgan's Permian Basin Highway Pipeline, and sign the petition to keep Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat intact and our aquifer clean and safe:…
Have you been on a trip with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours? Here's one Master Birder's story of the excellent adventure he had on one of their trips to the midwest:…
Paul and Georgean Kyle, thank you for all that you do at Chaetura Canyon!…
One of the benefits of being a higher-level Travis Audubon member is an invitation to our VIP field trips. Learn more about the recent trip to a beautiful property in Johnson City:
This weekend, over a hundred folks gathered to learn more about a Purple Martin Colony in South Austin managed by a group of passionate neighbors:…
Thanks to everyone who celebrated the first ever World Swift Day at Chaetura Canyon!…
Travis Audubon is seeking a part-time Education Intern for Fall 2019! Learn more here:
Bird Therapy by Joe Harkness asserts that "being part of nature in some meaningful way is an essential element in an emotionally healthy life." Read more about this memoir that explores the healing effects of watching birds:…
Have you been "heron" about all the cool events coming up? Check out our calendar to see what's happening this weekend! Pictured: Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Photo by James Giroux
Meet James Giroux, 1st Place Winner of the 2019 Birdathon Photography Contest:
This June, Travis Audubon member and high school teacher David Walker will be joining a team of scientists in the Arctic to analyze the effects of thawing permafrost on climate change. Follow his work here - - or via Instagram and Twitter (@mrwalkerlasa).
Happy Friday! We're just whistlin' into the weekend... Pictured: Black-bellied Whistling Duck Photo by Marianne Gonta
Have you ever seen a cuckoo? They are notoriously difficult to spot, and the Yellow-billed Cuckoo (pictured here) is no exception. Learn more about these elusive birds:… Photo by James Giroux
Thanks to everyone who joined us this weekend at our Blair Woods Family Nature Day! Here's to outdoor nature experiences that'll "stick" with you forever! Want to see this special place for yourself? Blair Woods is open to the public daily 9 AM - 4 PM.
All of the Birdathon Photography Contest submissions are up on our website! Check out this awesome album of Texas birds:
Thank you to everyone who attended this year's Chalupas and Chimney Swifts!
Several species of owl call Austin home, including the Barred Owl. Here are the adventures of one owl family near Barton Springs:…
The results are in! See the Top 5 Photos from the 1st ever Birdathon Photography Contest:…
Birdathon came to a close this weekend as participants gathered to celebrate a memorable fundraiser. See how much we raised, who saw the most birds, and more:…
Have you ever been to Doeskin Ranch? Learn more about this birding hotspot in the Balcones Canyonlands National Refuge:…
Did you know that many seabirds and shorebirds have a gland above each eye that functions like an extra kidney? Learn more about this adaptation that allows these birds to drink the water in which they live: Photo of Herring Gull, taken by Mike Mercer
Did you know that your smart phone can be a useful birding tool? Check out the best birding apps to use while out in the field:
What kind of backyard birds do you get in the spring? Creating a bird-friendly backyard, and even a backyard bird blind, can be a fruitful endeavor if you'd prefer to bird from the comfort of your own home. See what is possible from a South Austin home:
Tomorrow is World Migratory Bird Day! Learn how people around the world are celebrating: What is your favorite bird to see in the spring? Let us know in the comments! Pictured: Magnolia Warbler
Have you ever spent a morning at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center? It's worth waking up early:
Do you use eBird to report your bird sightings? If so, you may have stumbled across the exciting, albeit nerve-wracking, "R." Learn what that means, and read about one Master Birder's experience confronting the "R":
What might you see this month while birding? Expect some eye candy (aka warblers):
RT @PEASEproudAISD: Our Pesse Bobcats enjoyed @TravisAudubon station. @AustinISDGreen #baldeagle
Have you been to an Earth Day Celebration at Radha Madhav Dham? Our volunteers enjoy participating in this event year after year. Learn more about how our volunteers get involved at this annual celebration:
Travis Audubon's Executive Director, Nicole Netherton, shares what she enjoys about spring in Central Texas:
Thank you to all our volunteers for all the work that you do to keep our sanctuaries beautiful! Check out some smiling faces from the last Blair Woods Restoration Day:
The Birdathon trip to Baker Sanctuary this weekend could not have been better! Wondering what they saw (and heard)? Click to find out!
April's Bird Forecast is here! Expect Chimney Swifts, Warblers, and more:
Road-RUN to H-E-B this April! Next time you're at the register, purchase one of the tear pad coupons. A portion of those proceeds will benefit Travis Audubon. Participating locations include Hwy183/Lakeline Blvd, Hwy183/Spicewood Springs, and IH35/Buda.
Learn about one Master Birder's adventure to South Llano River State Park and why it's a great place to bird:
RT @mikaelb: The first @TravisAudubon Mindful Birding Birdathon endured heavy rains but was a success!……
Have you ever seen a Gray Catbird? Learn about these headstrong relatives of the mockingbird:
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Chaetura Canyon Video Premiere! Photo credit: Rafael Ruiz
Thanks to everyone who joined us last weekend at Chaetura Canyon! Photo credit: Rafael Ruiz
One Master Birder found a potential hybrid bird in her backyard! Take a closer look:
Get the scoop on what's happening at Hornsby Bend:
Volunteering with Travis Audubon is a fantastic way to serve your community and meet great people– and it's fun to boot! Fill out a volunteer application at Photo taken by Michael Jewell at the most recent Blair Woods Restoration Day.
Chris Harte has been selected as the 2019 Victor Emanuel Conservation Award Hero. Learn more:
Chaetura Canyon Sanctuary Stewards Georgean and Paul Kyle were featured this past weekend on Texas Parks & Wildlife TV Series. See the video on our website.
Birdathon 2019 starts TODAY! Don't be a fool– take the opportunity to bird in special places with great people. Register for a team today:
Want to have a prairie good time during Birdathon? On May 5, come bird the dawn chorus with Kirsti Harms and Terri Siegenthaler at Commons Ford Ranch Park. Register for this team today:
Have you started to see birds build their nests? One Master Birder has been closely observing a Bewick's wren doing just that in her own backyard:
Are you as captivated by Tower Girl as we are? Keep the Falcon Cam on by donating today! Don't know about the legend that is Tower Girl? Learn more and watch her LIVE:
Birdathon starts next week, and we are ready to kick it off in style! We still have spots left for our kickoff celebration at Easy Tiger on April 2nd. Learn more, and register, here:
Thanks to everyone who joined us this past Saturday for the first Blair Woods Family Nature Day of the year! We hope to see you at our other two this spring on April 27 and May 25.
Thought about introducing a child in your life to the joys of birding? Here are some tips for how to get started:
Interested in submitting a photo or two for the Birdathon Photo Contest? Join a team that plans to focus on getting great pictures of spectacular birds! Learn more about the birds you are likely to see, and register, here:
On April 6, join us for a crash course on how to identify Austin’s backyard birds and how to attract them to your yard by providing water, supplementary food, native plants, and shelter. Learn more and register here:
Thank you to everyone who joined us for this special celebration!
Want the chance to see a Golden-cheeked Warbler on a beautiful private property in the Hill County? On April 28, join some fantastic trip leaders on the Early Birders team! Learn more, and register, here:
In January, group of Travis Audubon members traveled to Guatemala with JB Journeys. See where they went, what birds they saw, and why you should see Guatemala for yourself:
On April 13th, enjoy a relaxed and exclusive mid-morning birding excursion around Jester King Brewery! We will bird for a couple of hours and then those who wish to stay can enjoy some beer. Learn more, and register, here:
John Kelly was the President of Travis Audubon from 1994 to 1996. Those who knew him described him as witty, humorous, and reliable.
Ever been to the Matagorda Bay Birdfest in Palacios? Let one of our Master Birders tempt you to register for next year:
Don't allow birds to fall victim to your windows! Learn why birds hit windows and how you can help prevent it:
On April 20, bird at TPWD’s newest acquisition, Powderhorn Ranch SP, with Daniel Walker of TPWD. We will be birding a variety of habitats including lake, bay and coastal oaks. Register today:
Getting children excited about the outdoors is a key part of Travis Audubon's mission, and our youth volunteers do that best! Read about a recent youth birding excursion a couple of TAS volunteers led at Roy Guerrero Park:
Have you heard? Golden-cheeked Warblers are back at Baker Sanctuary! Join Cindy Sperry and Celeste Treadway on April 7 as they search for Golden-cheeks and other spring warblers as part of Birdathon. Learn more, and register for this Birdathon team, here:
This week's featured bird is the House Finch! Learn more about this adaptable bird:
Congrats to TAS Board Member Virginia Rose for being featured in TPW Magazine! Read about Rose and other Texans making the outdoors accessible for all:
Today's weather is less than ideal for birding, so hunker down indoors and sign up for a Birdathon team instead!
Where does the Northern Cardinal get its stunning red color?
On April 6, join Mikael Behrens and Amy Sugeno at Baker Sanctuary as you slow down and experience quiet and contemplative ways of enjoying birds and being in nature. Learn more, and register, here:
Great news: Golden-cheeked Warblers are officially back at Baker! All Travis Audubon members can enjoy access to Baker Sanctuary– if you're not a member already, become one today:
On April 6, go birding with Bill and Ann Edwards and birder Laurie Foss on the Edwards’ lovely Cherry Springs Ranch, which is about 30 miles west of Austin! Learn more here:
A couple of our Master Birders traveled to the coast for the 2019 Whooping Crane Festival! Read about their adventure:
The Texas Women in Conservation Luncheon and 2019 Terry Hershey Awards were a huge success! Thanks to Audubon Texas for a wonderful afternoon. See the event details here:
Last week, a group of local third graders got to see some great birds! Check out what they saw:
Amplify Austin starts this Thursday at 6:00 PM, and is a 24-hour period of giving to the nonprofit organizations that make Austin a great place to live! Schedule your donation today:
Amplify Austin is NEXT WEEK! Schedule your donation to Travis Audubon today:
If you love nature photography, this is the perfect way to get involved with Birdathon 2019! Learn more:
Check out the results from Baker's GBBC:
Birdathon 2019 is live on the website!
The 2019 Great Backyard Bird Count begins TODAY! Learn more about the GBBC, including how to participate, by checking out
Learn more about Central Texas' only year-round goldfinch from a Texas Naturalist!
BREAKING UPDATE: A federal judge in Austin yesterday ruled that the golden-cheeked warbler should remain protected under the Endangered Species Act. Travis Audubon fully supports Judge Sparks' decision.
This week's featured bird is the Pileated Woodpecker! Learn more about the largest woodpecker in Texas:
Good news, families with young birders– there are TWO Young Birders Club events this month! Learn more about these upcoming birding opportunities:
RT @audubonsociety: Along w/climate change, habitat loss is a leading cause of declining bird populations. The biological impact of destroy…
Our parks need a consistent stream of funding as intended by the Sporting Goods Sales Tax. A constitutional dedication will preserve Texas Parks for future generations. Thank you @loiskolkhorst and @JCyrier for filing #SB526 and #HB1214 to do just that.
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