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National Wildlife Refuge

Events

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

    • Sunday, April 12, 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Doeskin Ranch

    J.Harrington Monarch
    MISSION FLYAWAY

    Monarchs on the Move

    Anticipation is building…. The Monarch Butterflies have left their winter home in Mexico on their annual migration
    and they are coming to
    BALCONES CANYONLANDS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
    To visit our fields of milkweed flowers to lay their eggs before continuing north.

    See all the action and learn more about Monarchs

    Sunday, April 12th at Doeskin Ranch
    2 pm – in the amphitheater learn about Monarchs and how to build a backyard butterfly garden
    3 pm – Field guides will lead hikes to see Monarchs and find their eggs

    Open to the Public with so much to see and do.
    Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring your camera and binoculars. The Doeskin Ranch Unit of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge is located on RR 1174. Directions from FM 1431 (connecting Marble Falls and Lago Vista), go north on RR 1174 for approximately 5 miles. Doeskin Ranch is on the east side of the road.

    Hosted by the Friends Membership Committee.
    No RSVP necessary!

    For more information, contact the Refuge at 512-339-9432

    About the Refuge

    • Friday, April 24, 2015
    • Monday, April 27, 2015
    • Balcones Canyonlands NWR

    BalconesSongbird
    Festival

    See Events & REGISTER

    Our Mission

    The Balcones Songbird Festival encourages the preservation of the Refuge's critical habitat through the festivals educational tours, exhibits and children's activities which provide an opportunity to experience the animals, plants and habitats of the Texas Hill Country.
    We envision;
    .....a world in which people, plants and animals live in harmony
    .....a world in which the practice of green living comes naturally
    .....a world in which ecosystems around the world are protected for future generations

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR NATURE TOURS and opens early February.

    Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge 
    Located about 30 miles NW of Austin, TX. 
    call: (512) 965-2473 
    email: friends@friendsofbalcones.org
    • Sunday, May 10, 2015
    • 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
    • 15
    Registration starts in April! 
       
    Join Diane Sherrill, owner of NativeEarthscapes, for a beautiful spring morning on the Refuge. It's a great time to look for birds--besides the residents, it's also the height of migration, and many of the returning breeders will be here, including the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler, which is a possible find on this trip. Plants should also be having a good spring season, so we'll be checking out some of those, as well. Participants will be contacted a few days before the trip with directions and further details. For questions and more information, contact Diane Sherrill at NativeEarthscapes@gmail.com.
    • Saturday, June 13, 2015
    • 6:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
    • 10

    Registration begins in mid-April!

    Join Shelia Hargis and Laurie Foss for our annual birding adventure by bicycle along Cow Creek Road. Cow Creek Road is roughly seven miles of hilly pavement that runs along Cow Creek and past several Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge tracts. The scenery is amazing and the birding is great. Birding the road by bike allows you to hear and see what’s happening around you much better than in a vehicle. In June we expect to see and/or hear Yellow-billed Cuckoo, White-eyed Vireo, Western Scrub-Jay, Common Raven, Canyon Wren, Summer Tanager, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Painted Bunting, and other species. If we’re really lucky, we’ll hear Golden-cheeked Warblers. The trip is limited to 10 participants and reservations are required. If you’re interested, register online. More details will be provided a week or so before the field trip. For further questions, contact Shelia Hargis at Shelia.hargis@gmail.com or 512-294-0272.

    • Sunday, July 05, 2015
    • 6:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
    • 12

    (Photo credit: Laurie Foss)
    Registration starts in May! 

    Join Shelia Hargis and Laurie Foss for a different type of field trip at the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife refuge. Bring your favorite lawn chair and join us for a morning of sitting in the shade, watching and discussing bird behavior, practicing your fledgling ID skills, and practicing your birding-by-ear skills. We’ll visit a couple of locations but most of the time will be spent letting the birds come to us and really observing the birds. If you haven’t figured it out yet, this trip is NOT strenuous so if our usual “moderately strenuous” statement has scared you off from other Refuge field trips, this might be the perfect field trip for you! The trip is limited to 12 participants and reservations are required. If you’re interested, register online. More details will be provided a week or so before the field trip. For further questions, contact Shelia Hargis at shelia.hargis@gmail.com or 512-294-0272.

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