Cemetery Birding: Austin Memorial Park

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

This large, historic cemetery is the final resting place of many of Austin’s interesting citizens including the founder of Travis Audubon, Magnolia Greene. The mature trees and prairie area support over 130 species (and counting) of migrating and local birds. This trip will be co-led by Travis Audubon Society field trip leaders Cheryl McGrath and Brooke Scheibe, and Caitlen Hill, the Cemetery Programs Manager with Austin Parks and Recreation Department. Paved roads throughout the cemetery make this cemetery accessible for those with mobility challenges.

Please plan on arriving a few minutes before the scheduled start time of 8:00. The parking lot is quite small, so it is recommended that participants drive around to the wildflower meadow on the north side of the cemetery. When driving in, go past the maintenance gates and turn right. Follow the road along the curve and park alongside the meadow.

Please do not pull off the road into grassy areas. We understand it is common practice to pull off the road when parking, but there are burials throughout the cemetery that are very close to the road.

Bring binoculars if you have them (loaners will be available), wear closed-toed shoes, and clothing layers appropriate for the weather. Bring water and snacks if desired. Walk will proceed in the event of drizzle or very light rain, but will be canceled for lightning or heavy rain.

Bathrooms are available just inside the main entrance, immediately to the left, across from the small parking lot and administration offices.

This walk is FREE, but registration is required and limited to 16 participants. Questions, contact Cheryl McGrath at: mcgmilquet@gmail.com.


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.