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17th Annual Balcones Songbird Festival 

   April 21-23, 2017

The Balcones Songbird Festival is committed to providing small group focus tours, with leaders of distinction that will provide you with a quality and fun-filled experience. This leads to sell-out tours very quickly, so please plan accordingly. Looking forward to seeing you at the Refuge!


THANKS to our Partners & Donors

Our leaders are affiliated with these birding organizations that have graciously partnered with us. 

Travis Audubon Society (TAS)
Williamson Audubon Group (WAG)
Texas Ornithology Society (TOS)
 City of Lago Vista            


  Listening to a Blue-Headed Vireo on Cow Road with Byron Stone's group, seeing a group of Cave Swallows punctuated by a surprise flock of White-faced Ibis flying over with Chuck Sexton's group after capturing a picture of a GC Warbler and learning to get more out of photographing birds with Karen Kilfeather, all of these were very special experience. Wonderful.
Pam, Liberty Hill
 The staff of the Balcones NWR are among the finest people I know. Everything they do is first rate. They are outstanding, experts, and a joy to know. Keep up the great work.
Jeff, Austin


All tours (unless otherwise noted) leave by van from the Refuge Headquarters. Please check-in with the REGISTRATION DESK at least 15 minutes before your 1st scheduled tour. 

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 sunscreen 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. Call 512 965-2473 for an update, but be prepared to leave on schedule.

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

The Refuge is an unimproved, semi-wilderness state. By submitting your registration, you assume full responsibility for all loss, damages, harm, or expenses incurred by you. 

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