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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

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

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    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.
    • Sunday, December 27, 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Cedar Stump Ranch, RR 1431, Marble Falls TX
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    Winter in Texas is a wonderful time for a walk in the woods on a cool, sunny afternoon.   Yes, even a plant walk.  Have you ever wondered why so many birds gather here in the winter?   Why, to feast , of course.   Our native landscape is loaded with berries and grains.   Even the insect eaters such as the brown creeper, warblers and woodpeckers find sustenance here in the winter.  How do they do it?  It is all about plants, both those with, and without leaves.  Come and see what we can discover about native plants in winter.

    Hosted by Joan Mukherjee who has been studying the flora of the Texas Hills Country for over 15 years.

    • Saturday, February 06, 2016
    • 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Flying X Ranch, Balcones Canyonlands Nat'l Wildlife Refuge
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    This sparrow identification workshop will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016.  Due to it's popularity this event is celebrating it's 12th 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.

    Discounted overnight accommodations are available at the Marble Falls Best Western at a rate of $69/night.  Tell them you are there for the SparrowFest Event.

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