Welcome to the Young Birders Club!

The Travis Audubon Young Birders Club is a fun group of young nature enthusiasts in the Greater Austin area who gather each month to learn about birds!

If your child is interested in learning more about birds and bird conservation, we would like them to join us!  We recommend ages 10 and older who can demonstrate appropriate birding etiquette. It is important for Young Birders to have the ability to walk quietly and be respectful on the trails without running or disturbing other members.

A parent or guardian must accompany their child(ren) at all Travis Audubon Young Birders Club events. Please note that by attending any of our events, you agree to our Event Policies and Liability Waiver.

The Young Birders Club meets 1-2 times a month and has bird walks led by an experienced birder/guide, as well as seasonal community service projects that will be announced in advance. Young Birders also participate in birding competitions, including Travis Audubon’s “Roadrunner Racers” Birdathon Team.

Sign up and registration is required for attending TAS YBC events.

Travis Audubon Young Birders Club membership fees are as follows:
– Travis Audubon Youth Member $10 Annual Fee (18 years old and younger)
– Travis Audubon Family Membership Annual Fee $50 (up to 4 members in household)

Please contact Kat Ross, Travis Audubon Young Birder’s Club Coordinator, at kathrine_ross@hotmail.com if you have any questions or need more information! For general membership questions, please contact Travis Audubon at 512-300-BIRD (2473) or membership@travisaudubon.org.

Thank You & Happy Birding!

 July 2017

Young Birders and their families are invited to attend the Travis Audubon Purple Martin Parties on weekend evenings in July! See our Purple Martin Parties page for more details.

August 2017

1st Sunday Bird Walk: Herons & Egrets
Sunday, August 6, 2017 @ 8:00am-9:30am
Devine Lake Park

August Guest Speaker: Chimney Swifts with Shelia Hargis
Sunday, August 27, 2017 @ 7:00pm-8:15pm
Location TBA

September 2017

Violet Crown Trail
Sunday, September 17, 8-10AM

Come explore part of Hill Country Conservancy’s Violet Crown Trail with Master Birder Janel Nye.  This trail is set to become the crown jewel of Central Texas; once completed, the trail will traverse a 30 mile corridor of urban parks and rural natural areas.  Beginning in Zilker Park, the Violet Crown Trail follows the Barton Creek Greenbelt to the Gaines Creek Greenbelt and continues on to Sunset Valley.  Designated trailhead meet-up TBA.

October 2017

Lake Creek Trail
Sunday, October 8, 8-10AM

Join us for a walk led by birder Chuck Sexton along the 1.5 mile Lake Creek Trail that travels through a birdy greenbelt in the Williamson County section of Round Rock. During the past few years over 200 bird species have been identified along this trail and in the surrounding neighborhood.

Cherry Springs Ranch
Sunday, October 29, 8-10AM

Who’s up for a mini road trip?!  Young Birders are invited to visit Cherry Springs Ranch in Spicewood, Texas.  This ranch consists of grasslands, woods, creeks as well as Cherry Springs itself, named for the Escarpment Black Cherry Trees.  We will be led by long time birder Laurie Foss, and will be on the lookout for local resident wildlife as well as avian migrants.

November 2017

Return to Lake Creek Trail 
Sunday, November 12, 8-10AM

We just can’t get enough of Lake Creek Trail!  Come join birder Mikael Behrens as we revisit this trail in search of migrants.  Mikael periodically leads bird walks in the surrounding neighborhood and has recorded species such as Yellow Warblers, Mississippi Kites, Gray Catbird, and Least Sandpipers to name a few.  Migration can yield so many surprises; you never know what’ll show up…come join us and find out!

McKinney Falls State Park
Sunday, November 26, 8-10AM

Young Birders are invited to go birding with long time birder George Kerr.  McKinney Falls State Park is located at the confluence of Onion and Williamson Creeks and visitors can enjoy the rugged beauty of the waterfalls, woodland trails, historic rock shelter, not to mention the local wildlife.  Over 200 species of birds have been recorded in this park and we are counting on YBC members to help find new species during migration.  Come join us! (Please note, participants will be responsible for park admission fees.  Adults: $6 daily; Children 12 and under: free)

December 2017

Holiday Potluck & Volunteer Recognition Party
Sunday, December 10, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

It’s that time of year! Join us for our Holiday Potluck and Volunteer Recognition Party at Austin’s Saengerrunde Hall next door to Scholz Garten. We’ll be feasting, making merry, and celebrating all who give their time and effort to Travis Audubon! We’ll be giving a special recognition to Young Birders Club members, so please RSVP using the link above.

January 2018

Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve
Saturday, January 27, 8-10AM

Join us as we explore the Hill Country Conservancy’s Nalle Bunny Run Wildlife Preserve with Wildlife Biologist Romey Swanson.  This 35 acre wildlife preserve is situated on the banks of the Colorado River and provides habitat for rare, endangered or threatened species like the Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo.  It is also one of the monitoring sites for the University of Texas Fire Ant research teams.  Nalle Bunny Run is only open to the public through guided tours. Come join us!