Through our education and conservation programs, Travis Audubon is raising awareness about the mounting threat that urban development presents to our local and migratory birds and their habitats. We have found that inspiring people to celebrate birds and wildlife naturally leads them to participate in habitat protection efforts. A constituency built around the need for conservation will ensure a balanced regional eco-system and a healthy environment for future generations.
Travis Audubon’s Conservation Award is named for Victor Emanuel, who has been a pioneer in ecotourism and conservation. Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, based in Austin, is the largest company in the world specializing in birding tours.
Our monthly speaker series feature guest speakers and are great for meeting members. These meetings are free to the public and held on the third Thursday of each month, except for June, July, August, and December. Visit the website calendar to learn more about the individual speakers and events.
Looking for more than just a morning of birding? Whether you want to explore more of Texas, travel to another state, or embark an international birding getaway, there are opportunities for you!
Share the wonders of nature with your family through opportunities such as our Family Nature Days and our Young Birders Club.
Travis Audubon’s Master Birder Program is offered annually— check back here for application updates. Applications open in the summer. Increase your knowledge of birds and your understanding of birds and their habitats, while also developing the skills and opportunities for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for birds with others.
Bird surveys and counts help with scientific advancement by alerting communities to climate and environmental changes. Large, rapid declines in bird populations point to environmental problems that need immediate attention.
Celebrate Urban Birds is a project started by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to engage diverse urban audiences with citizen science and local birds. Travis Audubon partners with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Capital Area Master Naturalists, libraries, and other local groups to educate the community about birds through nature walks, crafts, and more.
Birdathon is one of Travis Audubon’s most engaging and entertaining ways to protect Central Texas native birds. Like a walkathon, Birdathon participants collect pledges for finding and counting bird species.
Watch a hurricane of birds as hundreds of thousands of Purple Martins “swirl” into their roosting site each evening. It’s better than the bats! Click here to learn about our Purple Martin Parties.
Travis Audubon’s Annual Avian Ink Contest is a celebration of bird-inspired art! Check back in the summer for info on Avian Ink 2019.
Please note that by attending any of our events, you agree to our Event Policies and Liability Waiver.