Barton Springs Bird Walk (FULL)

7:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Join Rachel Zierzow and Chris Gunter to find birds and observe their behavior at Barton Springs and Zilker Park, an amazing place to go birding close to downtown! Native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers, and natural spring water dominate the landscape and provide excellent habitat for many different species of birds. As the seasons change, so do the birds, so you’ll want to come on this walk frequently to see what’s around.

This bird walk is ideal for beginners, but all levels are welcome. We have binoculars to lend anyone that doesn’t have a pair. Our walk will total 1-2 miles in about 3 hours, making our way through Bartons Springs and adjacent parkland to listen to and look for resident birds, migrants, and flyovers. Terrain is mostly flat (dirt trails and sidewalks) with one area at Barton Springs that is uneven/rocky. If needed, we can take an alternate route around the pool to avoid the rocks. In winter, we may walk down the trail a bit to watch the ducks at Lou Neff Point.

Registration is required and is limited to 10 participants. A reminder email will be sent with pertinent details before the field trip. For questions, contact Rachel at


The email used to register for this walk will be used to communicate any changes or cancellations due to weather or other factors. Please ALWAYS check your email inbox on the morning of the walk, prior to leaving your home, in case of last-minute changes in the trip plan. Please also check to be sure our emails do not land in your spam folder. When in doubt, please call or email your trip leader. We encourage participants to put the leader’s email address in their safe sender list. Their contact information is included in this trip description.