Cemetery Birding: Evergreen Cemetery

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Join Travis Audubon and Austin Parks and Recreation Department in birding and exploring Austin’s Evergreen Cemetery. This large, historic cemetery is home to mature live oaks, pecans and cedar elms, and is flanked by woodlands that support a nice variety of birds. Evergreen was established in 1926 as a public cemetery to serve the African American communities of Travis County. Skip Mencio and Kimberly Fritch will be your Travis Audubon field trip leaders, and Ryan Dees from Austin PARD Cemetery Operations will provide historical interpretation.

The cemetery is located at the corner of east 12th St and Airport Blvd. After pulling into the cemetery, participants should park at the North end of the cemetery, along the street furthest from the main gate. Bring a hat and sunscreen as parts of the cemetery are quite open, wear closed-toed shoes, and layers appropriate for the weather. Walk will proceed with very light rain or drizzle, but will be canceled in the event of lightning or heavy rain/winds. Please check your emails before leaving home on the morning of the walk, in case of late cancellation due to weather. Bring binoculars if you have them (a small supply of loaners will be available).  A portable restroom is available on site.

Contact Skip Mencio with questions: skip.mencio@gmail.com

Registration is free, but limited to 16 participants.


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.