Come Meet our Winter Texans!

  • Saturday, October 16, 2021
  • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Doeskin Ranch Trailhead
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It's that time of year again -- time to welcome our winter birds! Join Lori and Brad at Doeskin Ranch for a bird walk to spy some of these lovely birds who come back year after year to spend their winters with us at the refuge. All birding levels will be welcome. 

(Photo: Claire Hassler, FWS photojournalist)

The group will meet up at the Doeskin Ranch kiosk on the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. (The kiosk is just down the hill from the parking area.)  Bird watching begins in this area filled with large oaks, brush and grasslands.  We’ll take the Creek Trail that follows a tributary to Cow Creek for a short distance.  This riparian section is always full of birds.  Then we go up the hill on the Rimrock trail to a plateau with great views of the Hill Country.  The plateau is always a good area to look for sparrows, doves and distant hawks.  On the plateau we join the Shinoak trail, then travel back to the Rimrock trail.  Joining the Rimrock trail again, we walk back down the hill to more grasslands and then back to the riparian area and creek crossing.  We’ll finish the walk by taking the Pond and Prairie trail.  Target birds will be our resident and winter visitors.

Dress for the weather.  Bring binoculars, a hat, sunscreen, plenty of water, a snack and insect spray.   The walk is a little over 3 miles with a steep elevation climb of about 200 feet on the Rimrock trail.  We’ll take it slow, looking for birds.  Wear good hiking shoes, the trail can be rocky with loose gravel.  Vault toilets are available at the trailhead.

Doeskin Ranch is located on RR 1174, Bertram, TX 78605, about 12 miles west of Liberty Hill, 21 miles west of Lago Vista and 17 miles east of Marble Falls.

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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.

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