January

Stewardship Day: January 27

Join us at Chaetura Canyon for one of our Stewardship Days for some hill climbing, brush removal, trail work, food and fellowship.

The events will start with a continental breakfast followed by a walk of the Sanctuary stopping at the various sites where work is needed. After a few of hours of labor we will adjourn to the deck for lunch.

8:30 — Meet, greet and eat
9:00 — Trail walk and survey of work to be done
9:30 — Trail and habitat work
12:00 — Lunch on the deck overlooking the Canyon

These will be physical outdoor work events on sloping terrain, so dress appropriately with sturdy shoes or boots. Consider dressing in layers; bring work gloves, sunscreen and a hat.

These events are limited to twelve volunteers each day. Secure your reservation today! Contact Stewards Georgean and Paul Kyle: kyle@ChimneySwifts.org


February

Hays County Master Naturalist Stewardship Day: February 17
Contact Steve Janda steve.janda@gmail.com to sign up.

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March

Capital Area Master Naturalist Advanced Training and Stewardship Day: March 17
Contact Mark Wilson mlwilson4311@gmail.com to sign up.

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April

Master Birder’s Wrap-up Party: April 7
See the TAS calendar for more information.

Appreciation Dinner for TAS Board of Directors and Staff

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May

Chalupas and Chimney Swifts: May 18

Where: Travis Audubon’s Chaetura Canyon Bird Sanctuary

When: May 18, 6:00 PM ‘til 10:00 PM
What:

  • Observe Chimney Swifts impressive aerial displays.
  • Wander the self-guided upper-canyon nature trail.
  • Enjoy a Mexican Food Buffet with cold beer, Texas wines and soft drinks.
  • Marvel at a screening of “The Secret Home Life of Chimney Swifts” Starring Twig, Timber and Puddin’

Who: The first 30 Travis Audubon members to sign up.
How Much: $75 for TAS members / $100 for non-members
How Come: To enjoy the company of Chimney Swifts and fellow conservationists

Please contact Sanctuary Stewards Georgean and Paul Kyle at kyle@ChimneySwifts.org with any questions. All proceeds going into the TAS Chaetura Canyon maintenance fund for maintenance and ongoing conservation and education projects at Chaetura Canyon. Registration is required.

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May – September

We have two events on the Second Saturday of each month: May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14

Morning Canyon Crawl

These events are scheduled for the second Saturday of the month in May through September from 8:00 – 10:00 AM. A guided tour will emphasize the history of Chaetura Canyon, plants, geology, birds, habitat restoration and (of course) Chimney Swifts!

Feel free to bring breakfast bars or snacks.  Water and soft drinks will be provided.  We will begin with a short orientation and then hit the trails.

Trails are well-developed, but a stretch of the main lower trail is moderately strenuous with:

  • A very narrow path
  • A 100-foot drop-off
  •  Loose rocks
  • Many steps going down, then up back up again

This tour is not recommended for children under seven (7) years of age or people with balance problems.

Sturdy shoes or boots are required (no sandals, flip-flops or flats!). A walking stick, binoculars and a water bottle are recommended.  Walking sticks and binoculars are available for loan.  Cameras are also welcome, but we do ask that you put your cell phones on “vibrate” while on the trails.

This event is free to TAS members and their guests, but a minimum donation of $10 per person to Travis Audubon for Chaetura Canyon is encouraged.   Note cards, t-shirts, limited edition prints and TAS merchandise will be available for purchase.  All donations and purchases benefit the maintenance of and projects at Chaetura Canyon.

All proceeds benefit the TAS Chaetura Canyon Maintenance Fund for maintenance and ongoing conservation and education projects at Chaetura Canyon.

Further details will be emailed to registrants prior to the event. For questions, please contact the Stewards, Paul and Georgean Kyle:  kyle@ChimneySwifts.org. Registration is required.

 

Second Saturday Swift Watch

These events are scheduled for the second Saturday of the month in May, June, July and August from 7:00 PM ‘til 9:00 PM. They are limited to 15 participants. Snacks, beer, wine, soft drinks and water are provided.

Each evening will begin with an orientation and short, guided walk of the upper trails. Guests then socialize on the deck and observe the Chimney Swifts as they cavort over the Canyon and then go to roost at dusk. Bird feeders, note cards, limited edition prints and TAS merchandise will be available for purchase. A donation of $10.00 per person is required.

All proceeds benefit the TAS Chaetura Canyon Maintenance Fund for maintenance and ongoing conservation and education projects at Chaetura Canyon.

Further details will be emailed to registrants prior to the event. For questions, please contact kyle@ChimneySwifts.orgRegistration is required.

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September

Mediterranean Feast: September 7

The Travis Audubon Chaetura Canyon Bird Sanctuary is unique. It is the only place in the world where Chimney Swifts are so carefully protected and so closely observed in such an intimate setting. As their numbers dwindle elsewhere, Chimney Swifts thrive at Chaetura Canyon due to innovative conservation practices resulting from over 30 years of observation and research by Georgean and Paul Kyle. To insure conservation for future generations of swifts and birders alike, Georgean and Paul donated their beautiful property and home to the Travis Audubon Society in 2006 to be protected in perpetuity. You can help maintain this wonderful TAS resource by attending an unforgettable evening this Fall:

                                    Date:   Saturday, September 7th
                                    Time:   6:00 ‘till 10:00 PM
                                    Place: The Steward’s Residence at Chaetura Canyon

The evening will begin with an optional self-guided stroll that wanders past numerous Chimney Swift Towers, through a haven of native plants, carefully restored wildlife habitat including an amazing grove of sapling Spanish Oaks and several small ponds teaming with dragonflies, chorusing Leopard Frogs and other aquatic critters along the easily walkable upper trails.

Enjoy drinks and numerous delicious appetizers on the covered deck overlooking the Canyon followed by other more filling entrees from Georgean’s now famous culinary imagination. After dinner entertainment will include a brief video presentation about the Canyon and its most famous avian residents which often make an impressive appearance at sunset.

This event is limited to 30 participants and has sold out each year, so don’t wait too long!

Admission is $75 per TAS member ($100 for non-members)

All proceeds benefit the TAS Chaetura Canyon Maintenance Fund for maintenance and ongoing conservation and education projects at Chaetura Canyon. Registration is required.

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October 

No events scheduled at this time.

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November & December

Stewardship Days: November 10 & December 15

Join us at Chaetura Canyon for one of our Stewardship Days for some hill climbing, brush removal, trail work, food and fellowship.

The events will start with a continental breakfast followed by a walk of the Sanctuary stopping at the various sites where work is needed. After a few of hours of labor we will adjourn to the deck for lunch.

8:30 — Meet, greet and eat
9:00 — Trail walk and survey of work to be done
9:30 — Trail and habitat work
12:00 — Lunch on the deck overlooking the Canyon

These will be physical outdoor work events on sloping terrain, so dress appropriately with sturdy shoes or boots. Consider dressing in layers; bring work gloves, sunscreen and a hat.

These events are limited to twelve volunteers each day. Secure your reservation today! Contact Stewards Georgean and Paul Kyle: kyle@ChimneySwifts.org

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West Cave Christmas Bird Count: December 17

To participate in this count, please contact Jane Jones at Jane@westcave.org.