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Travel with BirdNote to Texas Hill Country

Join us April 10-18, 2019, as we team up with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours to visit the Texas Hill Country!

View of Enchanted Rock and beyond in the Texas Hill Country

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In a state brimming with natural history and cultural attractions, few regions of Texas hold greater allure than the famed Hill Country and surrounding area.

Black-capped Vireo in Texas Hill Country

Late April is a marvelous time to be in Central Texas, with moderate temperatures prevailing and a landscape festooned in wildflowers. Shorebirds and wading birds are easy to find around area lakes and ponds, while a pageant of migrant hawks, flycatchers, swallows, vireos, and warblers is surging northward.

Diversity will be a theme of this trip—diversity of natural history, landscapes, and culture. Several days will be dedicated entirely to birdwatching and nature while other days will include elements of history, culture, and sightseeing.

On the schedule are visits to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and Mitchell Lake Audubon Center. One of our field trips is specially dedicated to finding the two most sought-after birds of the region: the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler and the recently delisted but still vulnerable Black-capped Vireo.

Mexican free-tailed bats in Texas Hill Country

There will also be an excursion to the Frio Bat Cave to witness one of the continent’s greatest wildlife spectacles: the nightly emergence of nine million Brazilian (or Mexican) free-tailed bats.

On the cultural front, our itinerary includes an afternoon at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, a stop at a native-seed wildflower farm followed by wine tasting at a Hill Country winery, a chance to explore Texas’s German-American heritage in attractive Fredericksburg, and a grand finale trip to the Alamo in San Antonio.

A representative from BirdNote will be hosting this trip. Guiding our activities will be Kitty Coley and Erik Bruhnke from Texas-based Victor Emanuel Nature Tours.

Painted Bunting, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Golden-cheeked Warbler

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We are pleased to announce that a non-tax-deductible portion of the proceeds go toward the support of BirdNote’s programs.

Check out these BirdNote shows about the Texas Hill Country and some of the bird species found there:

A City Learns to Love Its Bats - Interview with Merlin Tuttle
Crested Caracara: Mexico's National Bird? Not Quite, but Close.
Mississippi Kites: Buoyant in Flight
The Painted Bunting: A Small Bird with a Big Presence
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: Showing Off for the Ladies
Texas Hill Country Conservation

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Photo credits:

Enchanted Rock © sbmeaper1 CC
Black-capped Vireo © Kevin Zimmer
Mexican free-tailed bats © USFWS/Ann Forschauer CC
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Alan Schmierer CC
Painted Bunting © Greg Lavaty
Golden-cheeked Warbler © Greg Lavaty

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