Inspiring conservation through birding. We promote the enjoyment, understanding, and conservation of native birds and their habitats in central Texas.
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.
Have bird books and guides you no longer use? Donate them to benefit youth birding and ornithology clubs:
Master Birders Jasmine, Tracy, Glen, Laura, and Sharon spent this morning surveying the birds at the Austin Country Club. Everyone agreed– birding by golf cart is amazing! #atxbirds #keepaustinbirding
Board Member Virginia Rose's Birdability Blog is live! Read about her experiences connecting folks of all abilities with nature, and get a list of all wheelchair-accessible parks in Austin:
The application for the 2019 Master Birder Program is up on the website! Don't wait– the deadline to submit is December 3.
Happy Halloween! Celebrate by learning more about one of Central Texas' spookiest birds:
This week's featured bird is the Yellow-rumped Warbler! Learn more:
Check out the results of the Inaugural Commons Ford Classic:
Sponsor Alert! Thank you, Shield Ranch, for supporting Travis Audubon as a sponsor for this year's Victor Emanuel Conservation Award Luncheon. We appreciate all that you do for land and wildlife conservation in the beautiful Hill Country.
This week's featured bird is the Downy Woodpecker! Learn more:
Sponsor Alert! Thank you, Texas Disposal Systems, for supporting Travis Audubon as a sponsor for this year's Victor Emanuel Conservation Award Luncheon. We appreciate your commitment to investing in conservation!
This week's featured bird is the Mississippi Kite! Like toy kites, these smoky black and gray birds seem to defy gravity, drifting on air currents and scanning for prey. Learn more:
Christmas Mountains Oasis, which is known for being a reliable site for Lucifer Hummingbirds, has touched the lives of countless birders. Let's ensure this magical birding spot is around for future generations of birders to experience:
The September Bird Forecast calls for high-flyers, including the Mississippi Kite and Broad-winged Hawk:
Another year, another successful Avian Ink Contest! Check out the winning tattoos:
Sign up for the First Annual Commons Ford Classic on October 6! Form or join a team to compete for bragging rights and special prizes. Learn more here:
Join us tonight as we celebrate our Third Annual Avian Ink Contest! Link for details:
This week's featured bird is the Black-and-white Warbler! Learn more:
If you have a subscription to Audubon Magazine and are willing to part with the latest summer issue, bring it to the September 20 meeting or drop it off at the office by the end of the month. Learn more about where it will go:
If you enjoy watching colorful flying creatures but would occasionally like to skip the cold, damp, early mornings that many birds prefer, your schedule may sync better with butterflies. Learn more about local butterflies with our Fall Butterflies Class:
If you find yourself craving a moment outside between the bouts of rain expected this weekend, come break in the sign-in sheet at Blair Woods! It's located in a beautiful box created by Travis Audubon member and volunteer Al Morgan. Learn more:
Attention birders: One room (for one or two people) has opened up on the J.B. Journeys Guatemala Birding Trip for January 3-13, 2019! Learn more: Photo credit: John Cahill
The deadline for submitting your bird-inspired tattoo to our third annual Avian Ink Contest is TOMORROW! Feel free to share with your family and friends– the grand prize is $150! Learn more at… Pictured: The winning tattoo from a past year, from James Hall.
This week's featured bird is the Western Kingbird! Learn more here:
Did you know that there are about 20 state parks within a 2-hour drive of Austin? Join Travis Audubon's Field Trip Committee for a new field trip series that focuses on birding Texas State Parks!
Do you know a child who loves to bird? Tell them about Travis Audubon's Young Birder's Club! Learn more about YBC and register for an event today:
The Baker Steward's home will be ready for move-in later this year:
This week's featured bird is the Red-eyed Vireo! Learn more about this local bird:
This month, keep and eye out for hot and thirsty birds– small offerings of shallow water mean a lot for birds trying to beat the Texas heat:
This week's featured bird is the Eastern Meadowlark... or is that a Western Meadowlark?
We would like to extend our greatest thanks to long time member and volunteer Mary Parker for her donation of roughly 300 books on birding, ornithology, biology, prairies and nature:
Are you a bird nerd or general lover of nature who wants to get involved with local education and outreach? Become a Travis Audubon volunteer today! It's easy– find the application here:
This week's featured bird is the Killdeer! These small, active plovers are built for wading but are true habitat generalists, and can be found almost anywhere they can find food and nest sites, including parks, sports fields, and golf courses. Learn more:
Bios on this year's Avian Ink judges are up on the website! Learn more about the creative minds that are this year's artistic appraisers:
If you have a subscription to Audubon Magazine and are willing to part with the latest issue, please consider donating it to a good cause:
Do you like Chimney Swifts? Would you like to be actively involved in collecting data that will contribute to conservation efforts? Learn more about the 18th Annual Swift Night Out!
This week's featured bird is the Yellow-billed Cuckoo! When food is abundant, they will act as brood parasites, laying their eggs in other birds’ nests in order to maximize the number of offspring laid. Learn more:
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