Inspiring conservation through birding. We promote the enjoyment, understanding, and conservation of native birds and their habitats in central Texas.
Recently, two volunteers presented to a garden club about the often difficult-to-identify LBJs (little brown jobs) that can be found in Central Texas backyards:
Our one-day Intro to Nature Photography course is a great way to get acquainted with your camera and learn techniques for taking better wildlife photographs. This course is taught by Theresa Bayoud and will take place on October 5th. Register today:
Participate in the Victor Emanuel Conservation Award Luncheon Silent Auction! Online bidding will be open from Friday, September 27 until Friday, October 11 at 5pm. Bidding will resume in-person at the luncheon until noon on October 12.
Check out the rare birds seen around Travis (and surrounding counties this week:
RT @shoalcc: This Saturday we’re birding with @TravisAudubon. Better pack your binoculars, y’all! Maybe you’ll see a yellow-crowned night h…
If you're interested in strengthening your knowledge of local butterflies, our Fall Butterfly ID class is a must! You'll receive a general introduction on butterflies and then delve into identifying local lepidopterans. Learn more and register today:
Thanks to everyone who attended the Mediterranean Feast on Saturday! Here's an excellent blog post detailing one guest's first time at Chaetura Canyon:
There are still spots open in this fall's Butterfly ID, Intro to Nature Photography, and Intro to Lightroom courses! Learn more:
This week's Rare Bird Alert is up on the blog now!…
Fall migration is here! Learn more about what to expect in Austin and a tool you can use to track migrating birds:…
Today our office is closed in observance of Labor Day. Have a safe and fun holiday!
Our Rare Bird Alerts are up and running on the Signal Smoke Blog once again! A special thanks to Justin Bosler and Vincent O'Brien for bringing these important updates back to life. See this week's update:
Tickets for the 10th Annual Victor Emanuel Conservation Award Luncheon Honoring Chris Harte are on sale now! There are a limited number of tickets this year, so don't wait! Learn more about this special event and secure your spot today:
Our Intro to Lightroom class taught by Theresa Bayoud will introduce you to Lightroom with an emphasis on using it for bird photography. Techniques learned can also be used for other types of photography. Learn more and register today:
Have a good camera but need a lesson on how to use it to its greatest potential? On October 5, take our intro to nature photography class! Learn more and register today:
We stand with the Texas Coalition of State Parks in support of Prop 5. Find out more at
Today's the day! Place an order from ANY i Fratelli location and mention Travis Audubon Society. When you do, we'll receive 15% of the purchase total. Find your nearest i Fratelli:
Tomorrow place an order from ANY i Fratelli location and mention Travis Audubon Society. When you do, we'll receive 15% of the purchase total. Have a pizza party for the family, the office, for yourself! Find your nearest i Fratelli:
On August 19th, place an order from ANY i Fratelli location and mention Travis Audubon Society. When you do, we'll receive 15% of the purchase total. Find your nearest i Fratelli:
Have you participated in a Swift Night Out? Pictured are some of our members who met at the Brentwood Elementary Chimney Swift Tower on August 11th to count the swifts as they entered the chimney for the evening. Learn more about Swift Night Out:
On August 19th, place an order from ANY i Fratelli Pizza location and mention Travis Audubon Society. When you do, we'll receive 15% of the purchase total. Find your nearest i Fratelli: #pizza #grackle #doughnation #ifratelli
On August 19th, place an order from ANY @ifratelli_pizza Pizza location and mention Travis Audubon Society. When you do, we'll receive 15% of the purchase total. Find your nearest i Fratelli: #pizza #grackle #doughnation #ifratelli
Just posted to our calendar today: Fall Butterfly Identification with Val Bugh! Learn more and register today:
August's Bird Forecast includes shorebirds galore:…
RT @Mission_Capital: Thanks to @NeuropathyTX, @westatxchamber, House of Friends, @TravisAudubon, @MaryLeeRehabCtr & @3DayStartup for being…
Have you been to Lake Somerville State Park? Bird this lakeside park during the fall shorebird migration on August 17-- learn more and register today: Pictured: Wood Stork
Looking for a hobby that can be done indoors during the summer but will still further your bird knowledge? Try knitting some birds. Learn how it can help you better identify the birds around you:…
Don't use iNaturalist but want to help with our Bird-Building Collision Project? Submit your sighting here:…
Our popular Bird Nerd shirts are available on our website with FREE shipping until Sunday! We'll throw in a free Purple Martin sticker, too. Get yours today:
Have you ever been on a bird walk with Travis Audubon? If not, we invite you to join us! Read one of our board member's account of becoming involved with Travis Audubon:…
Learn more about our Bird-Building Collision Project that collects valuable data to help us understand how to prevent bird strikes in Austin:
Birds like a good pool party, too! Check out these turkeys enjoying a dip in Baker Springs. How many can you spot? #atxbirds #texasbirds
Forgot to pick up one of these super soft shirts at a Purple Martin Party? This week, we are doing free shipping on our Bird Nerd shirts. We will throw in a Purple Martin Sticker, too!
Thank you to the 1,200+ folks who joined us for our 2019 Purple Martin Parties! It is a joy to share our passion for birds with you all.
Check out our own Virginia Rose sharing the JOY of Birdability with fellow Auduboners at the National Conference in Milwaukee. What an inspiring session about Audubon for EVERYONE! #birdability #audubonconvention
RT @AustinWater: #DYK our Biosolids Management Plant at Hornsby Bend doubles as a Bird Observatory of over 350 species?! 2019 marks the 15t…
"If you haven’t yet been out to see the purple martins roosting in Round Rock this month, it’s not exaggerating to say you’re missing out on one of the biggest biological wonders in the world." Join us this weekend for the last PUMA Parties of the year!
Start your week feeling inspired by reading this wonderful piece on Florence Merriam Bailey, a pioneer of modern bird-watching:…
Have you gone to to Round Rock to see the Purple Martins yet? We will be there tonight and tomorrow enjoying the show. Learn more about our Purple Martin Parties at…
Looking to improve your ability to recognize bird vocalizations? Secure your spot in Mikael Behrens' Birding by Ear workshop coming up in August:
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.
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