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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)friendsofbalcones.org for current information.

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Upcoming events

    • Thursday, December 08, 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Balcones Canyonlands NWR Headquarters
    • 9

    Fall & Winter Birding on the Refuge

    As the first few cool fronts of the year enter into Texas, birding is once again on the mind of many visitors to the Refuge. Many species of birds ride the northerly winds into Texas, where they will spend the winter months.

    Please register to join John Harrington in search of the latest arrivals and winter residents across various tracts of the Refuge. 

    Trips will be every Tuesday and Thursday From November thru February. Session dates will be posted monthly.

    All trips will be by van, departing from the Refuge Headquarters. Destinations will vary with each session.

    Arrive by 7:45 am at Balcones Canyonlands NWR Headquarters, 24518 E FM 1431, 5 miles west of Lago Vista (from light at FM 1431 and Lohman's Ford Rd).

    Prepare for any weather. Bring binoculars, hat, water, snacks, sunscreen, and bird field guide. Wear long pants, socks, and closed-toe shoes.

    Restroom availability is limited. Loaner binoculars and field guides are available (please arrive 15 minutes early to borrow).

    JOHN HARRINGTON

    John has been an active volunteer and member of the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands since 2002. His love of the outdoors naturally blossomed to an obsession for birding. He is also a member of the Travis Audubon Society and the American Birding Association. John leads field trips at the Refuge for TAS and FOB frequently and is actively involved in the USFWS Golden-cheeked Warbler surveys and assists the banding programs. John puts many hours into the Balcones Songbird Festival, the Balcones Christmas Bird Count and SparrowFest . John is retired from AT&T where he was a Lab Manager. All the years at his desk, he dreamed of the great outdoors and visited it to hunt, hike or play whenever he had the chance. Recently, he and his wife, Cathy has become full-time RVer's and travel the country from Refuge to Refuge as volunteers.
    • Tuesday, December 13, 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Balcones Canyonlands NWR Headquarters
    • 9

    Fall & Winter Birding on the Refuge

    As the first few cool fronts of the year enter into Texas, birding is once again on the mind of many visitors to the Refuge. Many species of birds ride the northerly winds into Texas, where they will spend the winter months.

    Please register to join John Harrington in search of the latest arrivals and winter residents across various tracts of the Refuge. 

    Trips will be every Tuesday and Thursday From November thru February. Session dates will be posted monthly.

    All trips will be by van, departing from the Refuge Headquarters. Destinations will vary with each session.

    Arrive by 7:45 am at Balcones Canyonlands NWR Headquarters, 24518 E FM 1431, 5 miles west of Lago Vista (from light at FM 1431 and Lohman's Ford Rd).

    Prepare for any weather. Bring binoculars, hat, water, snacks, sunscreen, and bird field guide. Wear long pants, socks, and closed-toe shoes.

    Restroom availability is limited. Loaner binoculars and field guides are available (please arrive 15 minutes early to borrow).

    JOHN HARRINGTON

    John has been an active volunteer and member of the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands since 2002. His love of the outdoors naturally blossomed to an obsession for birding. He is also a member of the Travis Audubon Society and the American Birding Association. John leads field trips at the Refuge for TAS and FOB frequently and is actively involved in the USFWS Golden-cheeked Warbler surveys and assists the banding programs. John puts many hours into the Balcones Songbird Festival, the Balcones Christmas Bird Count and SparrowFest . John is retired from AT&T where he was a Lab Manager. All the years at his desk, he dreamed of the great outdoors and visited it to hunt, hike or play whenever he had the chance. Recently, he and his wife, Cathy has become full-time RVer's and travel the country from Refuge to Refuge as volunteers.
    • Thursday, December 15, 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Balcones Canyonlands NWR Headquarters
    • 10

    Fall & Winter Birding on the Refuge

    As the first few cool fronts of the year enter into Texas, birding is once again on the mind of many visitors to the Refuge. Many species of birds ride the northerly winds into Texas, where they will spend the winter months.

    Please register to join John Harrington in search of the latest arrivals and winter residents across various tracts of the Refuge. 

    Trips will be every Tuesday and Thursday From November thru February. Session dates will be posted monthly.

    All trips will be by van, departing from the Refuge Headquarters. Destinations will vary with each session.

    Arrive by 7:45 am at Balcones Canyonlands NWR Headquarters, 24518 E FM 1431, 5 miles west of Lago Vista (from light at FM 1431 and Lohman's Ford Rd).

    Prepare for any weather. Bring binoculars, hat, water, snacks, sunscreen, and bird field guide. Wear long pants, socks, and closed-toe shoes.

    Restroom availability is limited. Loaner binoculars and field guides are available (please arrive 15 minutes early to borrow).

    JOHN HARRINGTON

    John has been an active volunteer and member of the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands since 2002. His love of the outdoors naturally blossomed to an obsession for birding. He is also a member of the Travis Audubon Society and the American Birding Association. John leads field trips at the Refuge for TAS and FOB frequently and is actively involved in the USFWS Golden-cheeked Warbler surveys and assists the banding programs. John puts many hours into the Balcones Songbird Festival, the Balcones Christmas Bird Count and SparrowFest . John is retired from AT&T where he was a Lab Manager. All the years at his desk, he dreamed of the great outdoors and visited it to hunt, hike or play whenever he had the chance. Recently, he and his wife, Cathy has become full-time RVer's and travel the country from Refuge to Refuge as volunteers.
    • Tuesday, December 20, 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Balcones Canyonlands NWR Headquarters
    • 12

    CANCELLED DUE TO CBC ACTIVITY

    Fall & Winter Birding on the Refuge

    As the first few cool fronts of the year enter into Texas, birding is once again on the mind of many visitors to the Refuge. Many species of birds ride the northerly winds into Texas, where they will spend the winter months.

    Please register to join John Harrington in search of the latest arrivals and winter residents across various tracts of the Refuge. 

    Trips will be every Tuesday and Thursday From November thru February. Session dates will be posted monthly.

    All trips will be by van, departing from the Refuge Headquarters. Destinations will vary with each session.

    Arrive by 7:45 am at Balcones Canyonlands NWR Headquarters, 24518 E FM 1431, 5 miles west of Lago Vista (from light at FM 1431 and Lohman's Ford Rd).

    Prepare for any weather. Bring binoculars, hat, water, snacks, sunscreen, and bird field guide. Wear long pants, socks, and closed-toe shoes.

    Restroom availability is limited. Loaner binoculars and field guides are available (please arrive 15 minutes early to borrow).

    JOHN HARRINGTON

    John has been an active volunteer and member of the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands since 2002. His love of the outdoors naturally blossomed to an obsession for birding. He is also a member of the Travis Audubon Society and the American Birding Association. John leads field trips at the Refuge for TAS and FOB frequently and is actively involved in the USFWS Golden-cheeked Warbler surveys and assists the banding programs. John puts many hours into the Balcones Songbird Festival, the Balcones Christmas Bird Count and SparrowFest . John is retired from AT&T where he was a Lab Manager. All the years at his desk, he dreamed of the great outdoors and visited it to hunt, hike or play whenever he had the chance. Recently, he and his wife, Cathy has become full-time RVer's and travel the country from Refuge to Refuge as volunteers.
    • Thursday, December 22, 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Balcones Canyonlands NWR Headquarters
    • 9

    Fall & Winter Birding on the Refuge

    As the first few cool fronts of the year enter into Texas, birding is once again on the mind of many visitors to the Refuge. Many species of birds ride the northerly winds into Texas, where they will spend the winter months.

    Please register to join John Harrington in search of the latest arrivals and winter residents across various tracts of the Refuge. 

    Trips will be every Tuesday and Thursday From November thru February. Session dates will be posted monthly.

    All trips will be by van, departing from the Refuge Headquarters. Destinations will vary with each session.

    Arrive by 7:45 am at Balcones Canyonlands NWR Headquarters, 24518 E FM 1431, 5 miles west of Lago Vista (from light at FM 1431 and Lohman's Ford Rd).

    Prepare for any weather. Bring binoculars, hat, water, snacks, sunscreen, and bird field guide. Wear long pants, socks, and closed-toe shoes.

    Restroom availability is limited. Loaner binoculars and field guides are available (please arrive 15 minutes early to borrow).

    JOHN HARRINGTON

    John has been an active volunteer and member of the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands since 2002. His love of the outdoors naturally blossomed to an obsession for birding. He is also a member of the Travis Audubon Society and the American Birding Association. John leads field trips at the Refuge for TAS and FOB frequently and is actively involved in the USFWS Golden-cheeked Warbler surveys and assists the banding programs. John puts many hours into the Balcones Songbird Festival, the Balcones Christmas Bird Count and SparrowFest . John is retired from AT&T where he was a Lab Manager. All the years at his desk, he dreamed of the great outdoors and visited it to hunt, hike or play whenever he had the chance. Recently, he and his wife, Cathy has become full-time RVer's and travel the country from Refuge to Refuge as volunteers.
    • Tuesday, December 27, 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Balcones Canyonlands NWR Headquarters
    • 11

    Fall & Winter Birding on the Refuge

    As the first few cool fronts of the year enter into Texas, birding is once again on the mind of many visitors to the Refuge. Many species of birds ride the northerly winds into Texas, where they will spend the winter months.

    Please register to join John Harrington in search of the latest arrivals and winter residents across various tracts of the Refuge. 

    Trips will be every Tuesday and Thursday From November thru February. Session dates will be posted monthly.

    All trips will be by van, departing from the Refuge Headquarters. Destinations will vary with each session.

    Arrive by 7:45 am at Balcones Canyonlands NWR Headquarters, 24518 E FM 1431, 5 miles west of Lago Vista (from light at FM 1431 and Lohman's Ford Rd).

    Prepare for any weather. Bring binoculars, hat, water, snacks, sunscreen, and bird field guide. Wear long pants, socks, and closed-toe shoes.

    Restroom availability is limited. Loaner binoculars and field guides are available (please arrive 15 minutes early to borrow).

    JOHN HARRINGTON

    John has been an active volunteer and member of the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands since 2002. His love of the outdoors naturally blossomed to an obsession for birding. He is also a member of the Travis Audubon Society and the American Birding Association. John leads field trips at the Refuge for TAS and FOB frequently and is actively involved in the USFWS Golden-cheeked Warbler surveys and assists the banding programs. John puts many hours into the Balcones Songbird Festival, the Balcones Christmas Bird Count and SparrowFest . John is retired from AT&T where he was a Lab Manager. All the years at his desk, he dreamed of the great outdoors and visited it to hunt, hike or play whenever he had the chance. Recently, he and his wife, Cathy has become full-time RVer's and travel the country from Refuge to Refuge as volunteers.
    • Thursday, December 29, 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Balcones Canyonlands NWR Headquarters
    • 11

    Fall & Winter Birding on the Refuge

    As the first few cool fronts of the year enter into Texas, birding is once again on the mind of many visitors to the Refuge. Many species of birds ride the northerly winds into Texas, where they will spend the winter months.

    Please register to join John Harrington in search of the latest arrivals and winter residents across various tracts of the Refuge. 

    Trips will be every Tuesday and Thursday From November thru February. Session dates will be posted monthly.

    All trips will be by van, departing from the Refuge Headquarters. Destinations will vary with each session.

    Arrive by 7:45 am at Balcones Canyonlands NWR Headquarters, 24518 E FM 1431, 5 miles west of Lago Vista (from light at FM 1431 and Lohman's Ford Rd).

    Prepare for any weather. Bring binoculars, hat, water, snacks, sunscreen, and bird field guide. Wear long pants, socks, and closed-toe shoes.

    Restroom availability is limited. Loaner binoculars and field guides are available (please arrive 15 minutes early to borrow).

    JOHN HARRINGTON

    John has been an active volunteer and member of the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands since 2002. His love of the outdoors naturally blossomed to an obsession for birding. He is also a member of the Travis Audubon Society and the American Birding Association. John leads field trips at the Refuge for TAS and FOB frequently and is actively involved in the USFWS Golden-cheeked Warbler surveys and assists the banding programs. John puts many hours into the Balcones Songbird Festival, the Balcones Christmas Bird Count and SparrowFest . John is retired from AT&T where he was a Lab Manager. All the years at his desk, he dreamed of the great outdoors and visited it to hunt, hike or play whenever he had the chance. Recently, he and his wife, Cathy has become full-time RVer's and travel the country from Refuge to Refuge as volunteers.
    • Saturday, February 04, 2017
    • 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Flying X Ranch, 8339 S. FM 1174, Bertram TX 78605
    • 11

    SparrowFest 2017

    This sparrow identification workshop will be held Saturday, February 4 

    Due to it's popularity this event is celebrating it's 13th year.

    Birders of all levels will meet before dawn for a light breakfast then break into groups for a workshop or disperse to usually off-limit areas of the Refuge with experienced leaders.

    Birders will meet back at "the X" for lunch and a talk by Dr. Byron Stone, President of the Texas Ornithological Society. The afternoon will be another series of workshops and field trips.  The day will end with dinner at the Flying X while birders exchange their day's experiences.

    Local housing may be found here.


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