Celebrate Urban Birds is a project started by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to engage diverse urban audiences with citizen science and local birds. Travis Audubon partners with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Capital Area Master Naturalists, libraries, and other local groups to educate the community about birds through nature walks, crafts, and more. Check out the Celebrate Urban Birds events planned this year and check back for updates!

February 11, 9am-12pm: Austin Nature & Science Center

Location: Austin Nature & Science Center, 2389 Stratford Dr, Austin 78746
Contact: 512-974-3888

Join Travis Audubon, the Austin Nature and Science Center, Capital Area Master Naturalists, and Wildlife Rescue for a fun-filled day learning about birds! Activities include:

  • Big Sit with Sandra and Sebastian Casarez
  • Bird Walks at 9:15, 10:00, 10:45, and 11:30
  • Birds of Prey Tour
  • Live Bird Comparisons
  • And more!

February 12, 12pm-4pm: Umlauf Sculpture Gardens

Location: Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E Lee Rd, Austin 78704
Contact: 512-445-5582

Umlauf Sculpture Garden invites you to their Free Family Day and to learn about birds – there will be crafts, Bird Yoga, and more!

February 15, 9am-12pm: Bird by Kayak!

Location: Camacho Activity Center, 35 Robert T. Martinez
Contact: 512-391-1863

Take a tour by kayak of some of Austin’s urban bird population. There will be a brief presentation followed by a paddle of Lady Bird Lake. This event is part of Celebrate Urban Birds!, a series of free family events throughout the month of February. Check out our calendar for other activities!

Registration required. Equipment/instruction provided.

To register, email erick.olivares@austintexas.gov or phone 512-391-1863

February 18, 9am-1pm: Elisabet Ney Museum

Location: Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th Street, Austin 78751
Contact: 512-458-2255

Come to the Elisabet Ney Museum to learn more about our feathered friends, specifically those who also call cities home! As you’ll learn, it’s a much richer community than you may expect. More than grackles and pigeons, from warblers to hawks, many can be found in an afternoon at a Certified Wildlife Habitat like the one at the Ney. Join us for bird walks, arts & crafts, and more!

Admission as always is free.

February 25, 8am-10:30am: Bird Walk at Mayfield Park & Laguna Gloria

Location: Mayfield Park, 3505 W 35th St, Austin 78703
Contact: 512-300-2473

Join Travis Audubon volunteers Dennis Palafox and Jane Tillman to bird two popular sites, Mayfield Park and the grounds of Laguna Gloria (where over 200 species have been seen). Bring binoculars if you have them, and dress for the weather. Trails can be slippery and muddy if wet, so good footwear is a must. We hope to see and hear birds like wintering Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned Warblers, and the usual cheerful suspects like titmice, cardinals, and chickadees. This event is free and suitable for beginning birders! Limited to 30 people. Depending on number of participants the group may be split in two. Click here to register!

February 25, 10am-12pm: Bird by Kayak!

Location: Camacho Activity Center, 35 Robert T. Martinez
Contact: 512-391-1863

Take a tour by kayak of some of Austin’s urban bird population. There will be a brief presentation followed by a paddle of Town Lake. This event is part of Celebrate Urban Birds!, a series of free family events throughout the month of February. Check out our calendar for other activities!

Ages 8+. Registration required. Equipment/instruction provided.

To register, email erick.olivares@austintexas.gov or phone 512-391-1863

March 2, 7pm-8pm: Birds of Austin’s Northwest Hills

Location: Old Quarry Branch, 7051 Village Center Drive, Austin 78731
Contact: 512-974-8860

Join Jane Tillman, a Northwest Hills birder who has seen more than 300 bird species in Travis County, to learn about the common and rare birds that share our backyards, greenbelts, parks, and parking lots. Find out what you can do to make your living space more inviting to birds. Click here for more information.