Travis Audubon Activities & COVID-19

Updated March 20, 2020, 4:00pm

Birdathon has been postponed for fall migration; learn more here. We have decided to cancel/ postpone/ hold virtually all field trips, birdwalks, classes, and speaker series through April 30. Please see more information for activities below.

We encourage everyone to keep informed of developments and respond accordingly. Any updates to our programs and activities will be posted on our website, www.travisaudubon.org. General inquires can be made to info@travisaudubon.org or 512-300-2473.

Thank you for your patience and support. We want to hear from you about any concerns, and encourage you to both practice “social distancing” and to spend time in nature to relieve stress and anxiety. Please act with kindness during this challenging time, and consider the needs of those in our community who might be the most vulnerable to the spread of this disease.

Sincerely,
Nicole Netherton, Executive Director, nicole@travisaudubon.org
Eric Stager, Board President


GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • Stay home when you are sick. Do not go out in public when you are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissue and wash your hands immediately afterward.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water. If no soap is available, use a hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Do NOT greet each other with hugs or handshakes.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Avoid touching your face.

SANCTUARIES

Be advised that the trails are open, but all facilities, including restrooms, are indefinitely closed at Blair Woods and Baker Sanctuary. Baker continues to be open to members only, but for limited hours, while Blair Woods is open to the public daily, 10 am – 4 pm. At both properties, you will need to sign in using a QR code provided on the sign in. This can be done by scanning the code with the camera function of a smart phone. Members will receive an email that contains more specific information about Sanctuary hours and operations.

During your visit, maintain at least 6 feet distance from any others on the trail at all times.

Travis Audubon will reassess these rules as the local situation evolves, so please check our website for updates before going to any Sanctuary property.

Be advised that anytime you leave your home, there is additional risk for exposure to COVID-19. Be cautious and prepare in advance: come equipped with your own water, hand sanitizer, wipes, disposable gloves, etc.



CANCELED ACTIVITIES

  • All Travis Audubon activities through April 30 are now canceled.

 

Field Trips, Bird Walks, and Birdathon

Contact: Judith Allen, Operations Coordinator (judith@travisaudubon.org)

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Volunteer Assignments

  • Travis Audubon has canceled volunteer activities. Volunteers have or will hear directly from their designated staff liaison about any changes or cancellations.
  • Volunteers identified by public health officials as being at higher risk of complications from COVID-19 should stay home. This includes people:
    • Over 60 years old
    • People with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
    • People who have weakened immune systems
    • People who are pregnant

Contact: Program and Education Coordinator Caley Zuzula (caley@travisaudubon.org)

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Committee meetings and classes

  • Committee meetings and classes will either occur virtually or be postponed. Committee chairs, instructors, and/or TAS staff liaisons will contact volunteers directly with more information regarding specific meetings and events.
  • We are working on options for a virtual speaker series meeting on April 16th. More information coming soon.

Contact: Judith Allen, Operations Coordinator (judith@travisaudubon.org)


UNDER REVIEW

International Trips and Nature Camp

  • Travis Audubon and our partners are currently evaluating the implications of the COVID-19 outbreak on our upcoming international trips and planning for our summer Nature Camp. We will update our website as we learn more about how these activities may or may not be affected. Registered participants with specific concerns can contact JB Journeys, Mowgli Expeditions, or info@travisaudubon.org.

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