Welcome to the Current Events page. Here you will find the news, volunteer opportunities, and places to visit.
The information was updated on 02/23/2024.
The Great Texas Birding Classic
28th Annual Birding Classic
The biggest, longest, wildest birdwatching tournament in the U.S.!
2024 official artwork by Amber Leung (American Kestrel)
2024 Birding Classic registration is now open! Gather your teammates and sign up today to be a part of the next Great Texas Birding Classic.
Who can join the fun
- All levels and ages of birders are welcome to join this Texas birdwatching event during the amazing spring migration.
- There’s a tournament category for everyone – from the beginning backyard birder to the competitive lister!
- Registration fees raise money for Texas bird and birding conservation project grants.
- Gather your team, register, and go birding – it’s truly that simple.
How to Participate gives you a step-by-step guide to help you put together and enter your team.
Visit Tournament Advice and Sponsorship Tips for tips on mentoring youth teams, advice from former winners on how to run a successful Big Day or the Weeklong tournament, pointers on birding with blind or visually impaired birders, and even advice on finding team sponsors to save you some money in registration fees.
VMS CODE: CC-01-B-FR TPWD Field Projects
Date Posted: 20240224
|Photo of Red-tailed Hawk by Robin Mata
|Hi Friend, There are three more months left to participate in FeederWatch this season, and we hope you will consider joining. By participating you will learn about your backyard birds and get tools to track them over time. As a thank you for joining in the month of February, we are offering new participants a copy of our gorgeous Common Backyard Hawks poster, a limited printing. Join today and enjoy this wonderful poster that will help you ID those tricky hawks!Hawk poster is only available in the U.S. until February 29, 2024.
|If you choose to receive print materials when you sign up in February, we’ll include this gorgeous hawk poster as well.
|What Our Participants Are Saying:“Project FeederWatch taught me so much in such a short time. I loved feeding and watching the birds before, but now it is much more interesting and useful.” Deborah Yesko, Cornelius, NC. “Thank you for providing us with a motivation to really pay attention to our local bird populations. Winter weekends, especially snowy ones, go by very quickly when watching for birds!” Kathy and Steve Olsen, Holden, MA. “We always wondered what kinds of birds were coming to our feeders, but it was hard to identify them with the books we have. Project FeederWatch was a fun way to learn their names, and your poster made it easy.” Christopher Love, Latrobe, PA. “Not only is our son learning from FeederWatch, but so are we! We have been amazed by what he can tell us about the birds at our feeder.” Allison McLendon, Irmo, SC.
|Have questions about FeederWatch?Find answers to your questions on the FeederWatch website.
Date Posted: 202402209
Microsoft Excel Enthusiast Needed for Moderately Complex Data
Tom Denyer at Albert & Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area needs someone to help produce a set of Excel spreadsheets for the Stream Survey Protocol he and other volunteers have been testing. It would be a document with headers, footnotes, and calculations for a variety of data on riparian properties: morphology, habitats, plants, water quality and others.
If interested, email Tom Denyer at email@example.com or reply to this email and it will go directly to Tom.
VMS CODE: BD-01-B-FR TPWD Albert and Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area Field Research
Date Posted: 202402205
Hill Country Parks
This list has been created to show all the parks in our Chapter region. I have lived in Bandera County for most of my life and was not aware how many parks the Hill Country contains.
I have no idea how accurate this list is. If you are aware of other parks, let me know. The thought is that this list will be added to our website under the “About Us” menu option.
Which ones have you visited? Tell us your stories. Who knows, you could be published on the website, Facebook, and/or the Texas Star Newsletter.
Contact us at Communications@hillcountrytmn.org with changes, website thoughts, and experiences.
Edwards County – Kickapoo Cavern State Park
Gillespie County – Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Kimble County – South Llano River State Park
San Saba County – Colorado Bend State Park
Uvalde County – Garner State Park
Val Verde County – Seminole Canyon State Park & Historic Site
State Natural Areas
Bandera County – Albert & Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area
Bandera County – Hill Country State Natural Area
Bandera County – Lost Maples State Natural Area
Edwards County – Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area
Kendall County – Honey Creek State Natural Area
Val Verde County – Devils River State Natural Area
State Wildlife Management Areas
Kerr County – Kerr WMA
Mason County – Mason Mountain WMA
Bandera County – Love Creek Preserve | The Nature Conservancy
Kendall County – Home – Cibolo Center for Conservation
Kendall County – Muleshoe Farm
Kendall County – Camp Capers
Kerr County – Mo-Ranch Christian Conference Center & Summer Camp
Kerr County – Riverside Nature Center
Kerr County – YMCA Roberts Ranch
Date Posted: 20240129
Hill Country Archeological Association
The Hill Country Archeological Association had a representative at our January Chapter Meeting. Here is their rack card promoting the association. Here is the link to their website if you wish more information.
Date Posted: 20240128
2024 Class News
Planning for the 2024 Fall Master Naturalist Class continues. Stay tuned for more information.
Date Posted: 20240209
Here is something to do…
Date Posted: 20240205
This workshop has been approved for a total of three (3) hours of TMN AT credit – 2 hours workshop presentation and a 1-hour field trip that is limited to the first 30 people who register. There is a $10 fee.
VMS-AT: AT: Fredericksburg Nature Center (Enter AT#, Class Title as posted, and Presenter)
Comments: AT24-063 Cemetery Birding, Fredericksburg, Presenter:
Jennifer Bristol (AT=see below 3h max)
To register, contact Gracie Waggener at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date Posted: 20240130
The Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off began in 1986 as a call to action to refrain from littering on one designated day. The program soon became incorporated into the Don’t mess with Texas campaign to encourage Adopt-a-Highway volunteers and citizens to participate in litter pickups statewide. In 1993, Keep Texas Beautiful officially joined Adopt-a-Highway volunteers. The Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off is the signature state event for the annual Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup.
The official Trash-Off date is Saturday, April 6, 2024, but pickups throughout April count towards Trash-Off. Volunteers must go by their local AAH Coordinator maintenance office before March 29, 2024, to pick up supplies AAH trash bags, safety vests and safety signs. Encourage volunteers to post about their experience on social media. #TrashOff2024.
Melanie L. McBride
Permit Coordinator & AAH District Coordinator
4615 NW LP 410
San Antonio, Texas 78229
VMS CODE: CC-06-A Roadside and Riparian Cleanup
Date Posted: 20240209
Date Posted: 20240223