Old Tunnel and LBJ State Parks Field Trip Led by Amy Sugeno

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Old Tunnel and Lyndon B. Johnson State Parks lie in the southeastern edge of the Texas Hill Country. However, though only about 25 miles apart, they are quite different! Old Tunnel SP supports surprising habitat diversity within its steep slopes and mesic canyon-like areas, despite its small size. There are Live oak-Ashe juniper woodlands in upland areas; Cedar elm woodlands along a small creek; and a small, rocky, dry slope covered with Sotol. Just below the tunnel entrance, a small, perennial seep flows along a rock face, creating tiny pools which often attract birds and other wildlife. LBJ SP, by contrast, is dominated by a mixture of grasslands and woodlands in the upland areas and wooded floodplains along the Pedernales River, which flows through the park. Over 130 species have been reported at Old Tunnel SP, and over 150 species have been reported at LBJ SP. On this trip, we will look for the more common winter birds, such as Spotted Towhee, Hermit Thrush, and Lincoln’s Sparrow. However, if we’re lucky, some possibilities also include Winter Wren, Harris’ Sparrow, and a few wintering duck species. What makes this trip so special is the varied habitats we will get to explore. Plus, a unique highlight will be getting to look down a historic railroad tunnel to glimpse a few hardy Mexican Free-tailed Bats overwintering in the tunnel!

We’ll leave Austin at 7:00 am and return by 5:00 pm, possibly sooner, depending on the birding.

Registration is required for this trip and further details for meeting the group will be provided to registrants prior to the date of the trip. Limited to 12 registrants.

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