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Balcones Songbird Festival

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April 21-23, 2023


Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters

24518 E FM 1431

Marble Falls, Texas 78654


A light breakfast and coffee will be provided before your tour.  All tours leave by van from the Refuge Headquarters (see address above) promptly at 7:00AM. Volunteers will be on-site beginning at 6:00am. Please check-in with the Registration Desk AT LEAST 15 minutes before your scheduled tour.  All tours require advanced Registration unless otherwise indicated.


The official half-day Songbird tours cost $100 per person. This cost includes food/bev and on-site van transportation. Songbird guides are world-class and will lead attendees through portions of the National Wildlife Refuge that are closed to the public. If cost is a barrier, we will also offer various FREE presentations and events throughout the weekend. 


  • Chasing the Rare and Endangered (5 sessions)
  • Hill Country Birding (4 sessions)
  • Birding the Plateaus and Springs (3 sessions)
  • Birding By Sight and Sound (1 session)
  • Leader's Choice (2 sessions)


To Register, simply find and select your preferred tour(s) on the Events calendar and follow the necessary steps. You will receive an email confirmation once approved. 


Nature tours will follow the birds, so please come prepared to get off the beaten trail when needed. Closed-toe shoes and long pants are recommended on our walks, due to primitive trail conditions. Be sure to bring your water, sunscreen, bug spray and hats!


There are no guarantees with respect to Hill Country weather. WE WILL SEND TOURS OUT REGARDLESS OF RAIN OR TEMPERATURE. Some may be delayed but we will keep the tours within the same day of the event. Be prepared to leave on schedule.


Due to the rough terrain, Nature Tours are not recommended for children. 


You may cancel with a refund up until March 31, 2023.  After you cancel your payment will be refunded within 10 business days.  After April 1, 2023 there will be no refunds. To cancel, click the  icon in the upper right corner.  Go to My Profile > My Registrations >  Cancel.


Short-term rentals and bed and breakfasts are located in Bertram, Lago Vista, Jonestown and Liberty Hill. 

Hotels/Motels are located in Cedar Park, Marble Falls and Leander


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About Us

The Friends of Balcones Canyonlands NWR is a 501(c)(3) organization whose primary purpose is to support the mission of the Refuge in restoring and protecting the habitat. The Friends are committed to building a diverse, vibrant community that appreciates, supports, and connects with nature in a meaningful way.

Become a Member

Join the Friends in protecting the wildlife and habitat, and supporting the mission of the Refuge. Start by taking a hike or  attending an event, by watching the seasons change through what’s blooming, or by just watching a hawk soar, or even just sitting still and listening to the songbirds sing. You can have a positive impact. Come find your refuge at the Refuge and join the fun!

Find Us

Mailing Address:

PO Box 4678

Lago Vista, TX 78645

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