8:00 AM – Late Morning
Note: Online Registration is Required.
About an hour northwest of Austin, the Upper Highland Lakes Nature Center (UHLNC) is located in western Burnet County near Lake Buchanan. The UHLNC is located within the 1,300-acre Reveille Peak Ranch, which is in the eastern portion of the Llano Uplift. Almost 100 species have been reported for Reveille Peak Ranch on eBird. However, because the area is not heavily birded and reporting efforts tend to be low, there are quite a few species not reported on eBird which have been observed at Reveille Peak Ranch.
We will walk about 1 mile, mostly around a beautiful large pond that is largely surrounded by wooded areas and occasional open fields, which can be decent for sparrows. Various waterfowl and other water birds have been documented from the pond as well as the creek as it flows into the pond. A unique part of our walk will be the opportunity to see interesting archaeological and geological features. There is a registered archeological feature as well as an unusual 1.2-billion year-old geologic formation which attracts college programs from all over the state.
If you have a spotting scope, you are welcome to bring it, as it may come in handy at certain areas by the pond. Additionally, feel free to bring snacks or lunch. There is a nice covered pavilion next to the pond that will allow us the option to eat lunch, if close to lunchtime, or visit and relax after our walk, while keeping an eye on the pond for more birds.
We’ll meet at the UHLNC entrance gate at 8:00 am and bird for at least a couple of hours, possibly longer if desired.
Registration is required, and further details will be provided to registrants prior to the date of the trip. Limited to 15 registrants. Please contact Amy Sugeno at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.