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National Wildlife Refuge

Events

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 friends(at)friendsofbalcones.org for current information.

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Upcoming events

    • Monday, December 15, 2014
    • 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • The Balcones NWR Circle

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    Christmas Bird Count

    Monday December 15th, 2014

    Join us on Monday, December 15th, 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 http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count
    Email balconescbc@gmail.com 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.
    • Saturday, January 24, 2015
    • 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
    • 15
    Registration starts in mid-December!
    Please join us for a bird walk at the Balcones Canyonlands NWR. The trip will run from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM. We will be looking and listening for wintering birds, as well as year-round residents. The trip is moderately strenuous and will include walking for approximately four hours on rocky, hill country terrain. The trip is limited to 15 participants and reservations are required. After you register, you will receive more details on the trip. For further questions, contact Shelia Hargis at shelia.hargis@gmail.com .
    • Friday, February 06, 2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Sunday, February 08, 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • The Retreat at Balcones Springs
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    SparrowFest
    See sparrowfest.org for details on the event.

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

    • Sunday, February 15, 2015
    • 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
    • 15
    Registration starts in mid-December!
    Please join us for a bird walk at the Balcones Canyonlands NWR. The trip will run from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM. We will be looking  and listening for winter birds and early migrants, as well as year-round residents. The trip is moderately strenuous and will include walking for approximately four hours on rocky, hill country terrain. The trip is limited to 15 participants and reservations are required. After you register, you will receive more details on the trip. For further questions, contact John Harrington at harricat55@yahoo.com .
    • Friday, April 24, 2015
    • Monday, April 27, 2015
    • Balcones Canyonlands NWR

    BalconesSongbird
    Festival

    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

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