What:60 Years of Birding at Hornsby Bend Celebration Where: Hornsby Bend Center for Environmental Research (2210 FM 973, Austin, TX 78725) When: Saturday, November 23 Time: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Cost: All events are free except dinner ($8 per person)
AUSTIN, TX – Join Travis Audubon and Austin Water in celebrating the 60th anniversary of birding at Hornsby Bend. A water treatment facility might seem like a strange place to bird, but an incredible variety of birdlife enjoys the lakes and meadows on the grounds. In fact, more species have been found at Hornsby Bend than at any park in Austin! The City of Austin has been kind enough to allow birders to explore there for 60 years, and we are celebrating with a day of festivities.
The day will begin with the start of a day-long Super Bird Survey. We will have free birding field trips in the morning and afternoon – and a special morning field trip which will be led by young birders. Throughout the day, there will be information tables and activities in the Austin Water Center for Environmental Research culminating at 4 p.m. in food and an evening program about 60 years of Hornsby Bend birds and birders including a photography presentation by Greg Lasley.
Thanks to our community partners: Eldorado Café, Land Sea & Sky Co., Sierra Club
About Travis Audubon
Travis Audubon is an independent chapter of the National Audubon Society. Travis Audubon inspires conservation through birding and raises awareness of the importance of native plant and animal life.
Travis Audubon manages three wildlife sanctuaries in and around Austin including the 715-acre Baker Sanctuary, which provides critical habitat for the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler. The Chaetura Canyon Sanctuary is home to more than 30 nesting avian species and is world renowned for research and conservation of Chimney Swifts. Blair Woods in east Austin is a ‘living lab’ for habitat restoration and education.
About Hornsby Bend
The Austin Water Center for Environmental Research at the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant is a partnership formed in 1989 with the University of Texas and Texas A&M University to support urban ecology and sustainability studies for Austin. Numerous Texas universities along with federal and state agencies and non-profit groups like Travis Audubon work through the CER to utilize the Hornsby Bend site for citizen science, education, and research.
The Austin Water Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant is nationally known for biosolids and yard trimmings recycling and as a research site for sewage recycling, soil ecology, biodiversity, riparian ecology, river hydrology, and more. The 1,200-acre site stretches along 3.5 miles of the Colorado River downstream of Austin and contains a diversity of bottomland and riparian habitats. Hornsby Bend is nationally known as one of the best birding sites in Texas – harboring over 360 species of birds and an abundance of other wildlife which is monitored through the CER’s citizen science programs and university researchers. Hornsby Bend also is a destination on the TPWD Central Texas ecotourism trail and as a popular Austin nature viewing site.