Inspiring conservation through birding. We promote the enjoyment, understanding, and conservation of native birds and their habitats in central Texas.
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.
Spring is around the corner, which means there will be baby birds galore. Here's what to do if you find one out of the nest:
This is exciting news! We encourage you to contact your state senator and ask them to sign on to this effort:
Love your local birds? Donating to Travis Audubon supports over 780 acres of protected wildlife habitat in the Texas Hill Country. Even better– donations done through Amplify Austin are eligible for matching funds! Schedule your donation today:
This week's featured bird is the Red-breasted Nuthatch! Learn more about this acrobatic winter visitor:
Land Manager Chris Murray captured the sights and sounds of a hefty flock of American Robins living it up at Baker Springs this morning! via @YouTube
We love our volunteers and the work they achieve at our sanctuaries!
Rainy days may not be great for outside exploration, but it sure does bring some interesting mushrooms! These fungi were spotted along a trail at Blair Woods this month. Still haven't been to Blair Woods? Remember: it's free and open to the public 9-5 daily! #mushrooms #fungi
This week's featured bird is the Common Yellowthroat! Learn more about this mischievous-looking warbler:
Spotted by TAS staff on 38th and Guadalupe: a nest of twigs about 4 feet off the ground. Any ideas for which species of bird made it? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Starting TODAY, you can schedule a donation to Travis Audubon for Amplify Austin Day! Donations through Amplify Austin are eligible for matching funds. Schedule your donation today:
This week's featured bird is the Black-crowned Night Heron! Learn more about this avian angler:
RT @SaveBartonCreek: There’s nothing better than breathing in the fresh outdoor air and learning about Austin’s wildlife with @TravisAudubo…
We are thrilled to introduce you to our newest staff member, Judith!
One of our most popular classes is back this spring! If you are a beginning birder who would like to take a more active role in seeking out birds and learning to identify them, this class if for you! Register for Introduction to Birds and Birding today:
The Jan/Feb 2019 Issue of Signal Smoke is up on the website! You can find it here:
This week's featured bird is the Bald Eagle! Learn more about this national symbol here:
Have a child who loves to bird? Join the Young Birders Club for their first event of the new year at Dog Park Blue:
Fly into the new year with us! Become a member today:
Happy holidays from your friends at Travis Audubon!
The Travis Audubon office is closed now through January 2nd. We will see you in the new year!
We need YOUR help to prevent the closure of Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park! Learn how you can help:
RT @TXForestService: On Saturday (Dec. 15) get outdoors and head to the W.G. Jones State Forest and participate in the @audubonsociety's 11…
This week's featured bird is the Belted Kingfisher! Learn more about this hefty-billed bird:
The deadline to submit an application for Master Birder has been EXTENDED to December 7 at 5 pm CST. Apply today:
The New York Times released a great, and sobering, article reminding us what the decline of insects means for birds, humans, and other life on Earth:
Know a child who loves birding? Let them know about Travis Audubon's Young Birders Club! Learn more about this group, and their upcoming birding trip, at
This week's featured bird is the Red-tailed Hawk! This hawk is probably our most common raptor, and easily spotted from a moving car: tall trees, street lights, and tall buildings are equally attractive to this adaptable buteo. Learn more:
Happy Thanksgiving! We are so grateful for all of you and your continued support for Travis Audubon. Thanks for being part of our flock!
This month's bird forecast calls for plenty of ducks and sparrows!
Even Master Birders are learning about and seeing new birds every day! Read about the Common Pauraque and Master Birder Laura's experience seeing it for the first time:
Our 2018 Annual Report is up on the website! Read it today:
RT @AustinISDGreen: Update! One year after uncapping the school's retired chimney, Brooke Elementary is home to approximately 100 chimney s…
Calling all cat people! Are you a proud catio owner and want to showcase your creation to the public? We are currently looking for "stops" on our 2019 Catio Tour! Must be available on January 12, 2019. Please contact for more details.
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