Birdathon: Breakfast and Canyon Walk
Saturday, April 15, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Paul and Georgean Kyle will take up to 30 lucky people on a private tour of Chaetura Canyon, home to a significant chimney swift population and so much more! During their 40+ years on this gorgeous 12-acre property, a slot canyon just down river from Mansfield Dam, they have documented more than 2 dozen nesting species of birds, and more than 160 species that have been seen there at one time or another. Golden-cheeked warblers in recent years have been singing near the Kyles’ residence in spring and can be seen and heard from their decks. In April the native wildflowers should also be blooming. As an added bonus, participants will be treated to a delicious continental breakfast before the tour, and brunch after our birding, cooked by Georgean so you know it will be wonderful. 

Last year this event sold out, so don’t delay. Donation per participant: $75. Please contact Jo Wilson with questions: joandcarol@gmail.com

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 Chalupas and Chimney Swifts

Where: Travis Audubon’s Chaetura Canyon Bird Sanctuary

When: May 6, 6:00 PM ‘til 10:00 PM

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

Who: The first 25 to sign up.
How Much: $100 per person
How Come:

  • Simply to enjoy the company of Chimney Swifts and fellow conservationists
  • Proceeds to benefit projects at Travis Audubon’s Chaetura Canyon Sanctuary

Please contact Sanctuary Stewards Georgean and Paul Kyle at kyle@ChimneySwifts.org with any questions.

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May – August


Canyon Crawls

May 13, June 10, (July 8Sold out!), August 5

Join us for a leisurely guided stroll through the Chimney Swift Meadow and Lower Canyon Trails. These events are from 8:00 – 10:00 AM with emphasis on history of Chaetura Canyon, plants, geology, birds, habitat restoration and (of course) Chimney Swifts!

Trails are well-developed but some of the lower trails are steep with many steps and moderately difficult.  Sturdy shoes or boots, a walking stick, binoculars and a water bottle are recommended.  Walking sticks and binoculars are available for loan.

These tours are limited to 12 participants – 1st come, first served.  Events are free to TAS members and their guests, but donations to Travis Audubon for Chaetura Canyon are 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.

Directions and more information will be emailed to participants the week of the event.

For more info or to register, please contact Sanctuary Stewards Georgean and Paul Kyle: kyle@ChimneySwifts.org

Swift Watches

May 13, June 10, (July 8, August 5Sold out!)

Chimney Swifts Sunset

These events are scheduled for 7:00 PM ‘til 9:00 PM. They are limited to 20 participants.  Snacks, adult beverages 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. Note cards, limited edition prints and TAS merchandise will be available for purchase. A donation of $10.00 per person is requested. All donations and purchases benefit maintenance and projects at Chaetura Canyon.

For more info or to register, please contact Sanctuary Stewards Georgean and Paul Kyle: kyle@ChimneySwifts.org


August 19

Swift Watch for “Introduction to Birds” Class participants

This is a special Swift Watch for class participants only! Please contact your instructors to register for this exclusive event.


Mediterranean Feast

Chaetura Canyon Feast

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 16th

                                    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 25 participants and has sold out each year, so don’t wait too long!

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Admission is $75 per TAS member ($100 for non-members) with all proceeds going into the TAS Chaetura Canyon maintenance fund. The fund is used for maintenance and ongoing conservation and educational projects at Chaetura Canyon. 


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Sanctuary closed except for West Cave Christmas Bird CountTo participate in this count, please contact Jane Jones: Jane@westcave.org