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Balcones Canyonlands
National Wildlife Refuge
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Balcones Songbird Nature Festival
April 24-27, 2015


Board Meetings are normally at 5:30pm the 4th Tuesday of every Month, at the Refuge Headquarters. If you would like to attend, please send an email to for current information.

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Upcoming events

    • Saturday, August 23, 2014
    • 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Downtown Jonestown

    Swift Fest in Jonestown




    A Music Festival Wrapped in a Birding Celebration

    Enjoy Swift Fest, a unique celebration of the small migratory birds that make the City of Jonestown their seasonal home!  Between great sets of live music and under the cool shade of oak trees, enjoy nature-themed vendors, good food, adult beverages, and fun activities for families and children. End the fun-filled day marveling at the sight of the swifts’ tornado-like return to their cistern home.  Guess the number of swifts returning for the evening and win a prize! To learn more, like us on Facebook at ‘Swift Fest of Jonestown.’ It’s FREE!

    Musical Lineup
    4:00-4:45 ~ Jean Synodinos Trio
    Grit, grace and raw soul delivered with a velvety smooth voice

    5:00-5:45 ~ Jennifer B Trio
    A heart-rending powerhouse of sassy, soulful, bluesy roots rock

    6:00-7:30 ~ Jim Stringer and the AM Band
    A blend of traditional honky-tonk and old time rock & roll, featuring silky vocals and rousing instrumentals

    Directions:  The City of Jonestown is located northwest of Austin and is nine miles west of intersection U.S.183 and F.M. 1431. The physical address is 18649 Hwy. 1431, Jonestown, TX  78645.

    For more information:

    • Thursday, August 28, 2014
    • 5:30 PM
    • Blue Corn Harvest Bar & Grill -- Cedar Park


    RSVP not required, but nice to give a count on how many to expect so register you're coming! See you there..

    Blue Corn Harvest Bar & Grill
    700 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste B-204
    Cedar Park, TX
    Phone: 512-528-0889

    • Sunday, September 21, 2014
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    • Doeskin Ranch
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    Spend a beautiful Fall morning exploring the plants and their niches in the diverse and interesting environs of Doeskin Ranch. The walk will be led by Diane Sherrill, owner of NativeEarthscapes landscaping and property restoration. Identification, wildlife uses, landscaping possibilites, and all manner of fascinating tidbits will be covered for the plants we find. Of course, Diane can't help but bird when she's outside, so bring your binoculars! Dress for the weather, including sturdy, close-toed shoes and hat. Bring water, sunscreen, and a curious attitude. Meet in the Doeskin parking lot at 8 a.m. Registration limited to 15. Contact Diane Sherrill at with questions or to be put on a waiting list if the walk is full. To get to Doeskin Ranch:

    From Cedar Park, go west on 1431 through Jonestown and Lago Vista.  Pass the Refuge Headquarters. Pass Cow Creek Road. Turn north (right) at 1174 toward Bertram. Drive app 4.5 miles and look for Doeskin Ranch on the right.

    From Liberty Hill, take FM 1869 to the T at 1174. Turn left and drive 2.3 miles. Doeskin will be on your left.


    • Sunday, October 12, 2014
    • 6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Doeskin Ranch, Balcones Canyonlands NWR

    Last year this event was canceled due to the Refuge being closed for the government shutdown. Join us this year as we sit twice as much to make up for missing our birds last year!  ( :

    The Big Sit! is an annual, international birding event hosted by Bird Watcher's Digest and sponsored by Swarovski Optik and Eagle Optics. It is more informally known as a "tailgate party for birders." The object is to see how many species you can count in a 17-foot diameter circle within a 24-hour period. This is usually done while sitting, visiting with fellow birders, eating, drinking, and relaxing!

    This will be the fifth year for The Big Sit! circle at the Balcones Canyonlands NWR on the Doeskin Ranch tract. The count will officially start around 6:30 a.m. and will likely end around 5:00 p.m. or so, but feel free to join us at any time during the day. It is a great way to spend the day in a beautiful place with good friends watching the birds. So bring a comfortable chair and join us! The count location is also wheelchair accessible. Reserve your spot by registering online or just show up. If you have questions, contact Shelia Hargis at or 512-294-0272.

    Visit the Bird big_sit_logo04.gifWatcher’s Digest website to see a video about the event and read more about it.

    The Big Sit!-  the most sedentary event in birding. Don’t miss it!

    • Friday, February 06, 2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Sunday, February 08, 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • The Retreat at Balcones Springs
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    See for details on the event.

    Please contact The Retreat at Balcones Springs to reserve your spot! 830.693.6639


We are proud Recipients of  Every Day Grants which support our events and contributed to the new kiosk!

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