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Board Meetings are normally at 5:30pm the 3rd Wednesday of every Month, at the Refuge Headquarters. If you would like to attend, please send an email to friends(at) for current information.

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Upcoming events

    • Saturday, September 26, 2015
    • 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

    National Public Lands Day September 26, 2015

    Trail Day at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

       7:30 am – 3:00 pm


    Goal- Introduce others to the Refuge and have some fun

    BRING A FRIEND (or two)


    7:30 am Meet at Refuge Headquarters 

                  24518 FM 1431, Marble Falls, TX 78654

    Volunteers should bring their own gear and tools they work with best.  The refuge will have some weed whips, loppers, pruners, rakes and shovels.Bring water, wear closed shoes, hat and gloves.Disperse to Wabler Vista, Doeskin Ranch & Headquarters.

    8:00-10:30 Trail Work

    Warbler Vista- Cactus Rock & Ridgeline Trails- clean flood debris, cut back trees, shrubs. Reapply mulch at entrances to Ridgeline, Cactus Rocks & Sunset Deck. May install plants at kiosk.

    Headquarters- Flood damage to Creek Trail lower loop, move boulders & rocks to clear trail. Cut back trees,grass & shrubs. Photo blind, cut back plants, remove Bermuda grass, trim and clean up area. HQ building clean up flower beds.

    Doeskin- Shin Oak, Rimrock & Indiangrass Trails, cut back trees & shrubs from trails, weed whip tall grasses.

    11:30-12:30 Meet the Refuge & Lunch Flying X 

                        *(RSVP needed for lunch)

    Refuge Update- David Maples, Acting Refuge Manager

    Friends of Balcones- Dub Lyon, President

    Biology Update- Jim Mueller. Refuge Zone Biologist

    1:00- 3:00 Tour the Backcountry

    Group 1 Peaceful Springs- see the newest acquisition planned for the refuge

    Group 2 Simon Tract- tour cave entrance, Black-capped vireo habitat, habitat manipulation & grassland restoration

    2:00 Group 1 Simon Tract- tour cave entrance, Black-capped vireo habitat, habitat manipulation & grassland restoration

    Group 2 Peaceful Springs- see the newest acquisition planned for the refuge

    *Lunch will be provided by JJ's Barbeque and served family style. Choose BBQ, fried chicken or vegetarian.

    You MUST RSVP for lunch

    Remember the goal of this Trail Day is to introduce others the the beautiful Balcones Canyonlands NWR

    Grab a friend, family member or a stranger off the street

    Get outdoors! 

    • Monday, December 14, 2015
    • 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • The Balcones NWR Circle

    Seaon GreetingsThe Balcones
    Christmas Bird Count

    Monday December 14th, 2015

    Join us on Monday, December 14th, for the annual Balcones Christmas Bird Count (CBC). This count has enjoyed steady growth in participation over the past few years, and as a result our species total has continued to climb as well. We would love to continue this trend - more eyes in the field gives a better view of the birds life there.

    The Christmas Bird Count is the longest running wildlife census in the world and provides critical data on bird population trends and movements. The Balcones CBC is sponsored by the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands NWR. The circle includes all the tracts of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding area (see the map on our website). We need many birders of all skill levels to adequately survey the birds in the circle area to find all of the expected species and the rare species visiting the area. We would especially like to have some feeder watchers this year, so if you live within the circle and have bird feeders, please participate.

    Thank you for participating in this important citizen-science project!

    For more information about CBC’s in general, see
    Email with questions or to register. Exisitng team leaders and member should email us to confirm you are returning.

    Not on an established Balcones CBC team yet? Please read the NEWCOMERS FAQ.

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