Birdathon: Birding in Bandera and South Llano River State Park, Friday – Sunday

April 7 – April 9

Come join Dennis Palafox as we explore two beautiful locations in the Hill Country – Twin Elm Guest Ranch in Bandera and South Llano River State Park in Junction. Dennis has been leading trips to Twin Elm for two years and has been amazed at the species diversity on the Twin Elm grounds. Plan to arrive at Twin ElmFriday evening where we can dine on a delicious meal prepared by Kathlyn Cunningham, our gracious and vivacious host. We can also relax afterwards as we watch the sunset over the beautiful Medina River valley. We’ll begin Saturday morning, birding the undeveloped sections of the ranch grounds and areas along the scenic Medina River. Lodging and meals are available at Twin Elm for those folks who are interested. A block of rooms has been reserved for this trip.

After we finish birding Twin Elm, we’ll make the 1.5 hr drive to Junction, stopping at the Junction Sewage Ponds and other locations on Saturday afternoon. Habitat in the Junction area includes deciduous woodlands on canyon slopes and mesquite grasslands in lowland areas. Bird life in the Junction area includes species typical of Edwards Plateau canyons and woodlands as well as species typical of the more arid, western part of the State. We’ll spend the night in Junction on Saturday night. We’ll bird the various trails and bird blinds at the Park on Sunday morning, ending the trip about noon so we can return to Austin mid to late afternoon. Spring time is a great time to see migrating birds in both locations.

There is a $80 fee for this trip in support of Travis Audubon’s Birdathon fundraising event. Participants’ travel, hotel and meals are not included in this fee. We can carpool and share gas expenses. The trip is limited to 10 participants. Contact Dennis Palafox ( for more information.

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