Palmetto State Park Field Trip Led by Justin Bosler

6:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Palmetto State Park, located in Gonzales County, is only about an hour’s drive southeast of Austin.  The San Marcos River flows through the park and there is also an oxbow lake. This beautiful park is named for the dwarf palmetto plants, more often seen in southeast Texas, but found in some areas of the park. There is diverse plant and animal life, some found in more western habitats and others in east Texas. Many have referred to the park as one of Texas’ “hidden gems.” Palmetto State Park was opened in 1936 and is one of the state parks that was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps; several structures are still standing. We’ll explore several of the trails as we search for birds. Ducks will have begun to arrive and we might even see Wild Turkey. At this time of year there are also several species of doves, woodpeckers (e.g., Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker), both species of kinglet, and several species of wrens. Sparrows are also beginning to arrive (e.g., Chipping, White-crowned, White-throated, Lincoln’s, Swamp, and towhees) as well as wintering warblers (Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned, etc.). This is a lovely park for a November visit.

Note: Registration is required. Limited to 12 participants.

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