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February and March news from the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

January, 2012




Open to birders of all experience levels 

 $5 per person for non-MLAC members, $3 for MLAC members. 

No reservation necessary


  • Every 2nd Tuesday
  • Every 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sunday
  • Bird Count Survey: 4th Sunday of the month
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MLAC Wish List
If you can help us by donating these much needed items or services, please call Susan Albert at
(210) 628-1639
  • Room-darkening widnow shades
  • Solar powered outdoor pathway lights
  • Printing for MLAC student Nature Journals
  • Used binoculars in good condition

 snowy egret roost 

mexican olive   

owl photo bill skinner


mockingbird h eskin


american coot

Thank you to our photographers: Howard Eskin, Bill Skinner, Juan Zarazua, Susan Albert



blue winged teal



Learning from Historic Texas Landscape Designs with Mike Pecen

Saturday, 2/18/12: 10 am to 12 noon 

This program will explore the idea of creating contemporary, conservation conscious landscapes guided by the lessons and successes of the past. After a brief survey of historic regional landscapes and styles, discussion will include heritage plants and their uses in landscape design, as well as invasive plants introduced by our ancestors. The class will be held both indoors and outdoors. Mike Pecen is a San Antonio landscape designer whose projects have earned LEED designation and an Austin Business Journal Going Green Award. He designed the rehabilitation plan for the National Trust's Villa Finale house museum in San Antonio, and he is at work on other historic sites.

* Program fee: $10 for MLAC members; $15 for non-members
* Space is limited, RSVP is required

* For info or to


 TogetherGreen Community Volunteer Day 

Saturday, 2/25/12: 9 am to 12 noon

Come help us prepare our native plant gardens for the spring. Some simple garden maintenance will help us to provide habitat for butterflies and other wildlife. You will learn about our great plants and what you can do at your home! No experience necessary, ages 12 and up.

*Free,space is limited, RSVP is required 

*For info or to


Free Family Program: Kids Birding 101

Saturday, 3/3/12: 9 am to 11 am
Great program for kids to learn about bird identification and habitat.  We'll learn how to use binuculars and take a hike to see which birds we can identify!


* Free, space is limited, RSVP is required

* For info or to RSVP:



Top 20 Plants for Birds with Judit Green

          Saturday, 4/14/12: 9 am to noon                 

Join us for this top 20 countdown to the most valuable native plants that will draw in birds to your backyard.  Many of the plants highlighted are shrubs and trees that serve as valuable food sources, shelter and nesting opportunities.   We will also offer up some basic ID tips to help you identify the birds you might see on your roperty.   Birds are one of the easiest wildlife species to attract, so why not get started with a new and fun gardening project!  Judit is a  23 year employee of Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. and has been an Urban Wildlife Biologist in San Antonio for the past 17 years. She, along with many others, initiated the first chapter of Master Naturalists in Texas in 1996 and she still serves as advisor to the founding Alamo Area Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist™ Volunteer Program. 


* Program fee: $10 for MLAC members;

$15 for non-members
* Space is limited, RSVP is required

* For info or to RSVP:


   Words for Birds V

Sunday, 4/15/12 1 to 3 pm

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Nature! Some of our favorite poets will read their works and works by others, alll inspired by nature, birds and the environment.  This is the 5th year of this great program at MLAC!


*Free,No RSVP is required 


Basic Birding for Adults 

Saturday, 4/21/12 8:30 to 11:30 am

Do you enjoy watching birds & find birds interesting and beautiful? MLAC Docents Tom & Patsy Inglet share tools, tips, & techniques for you to build your birding skills. The class is 1.5 hours of instruction and 1.5 hours in the field. Bring binoculars & a bird field guide; we also have some to loan. Dress for a bird walk: long pants, dull colors, walking shoes, hat.


* Program fee: $10 for MLAC members;

$15 for non-members

* Space is limited, RSVP is required

* For info or to RSVP:





     Got Birds? Get Ready to Count!white-crowned sparrow 

 The 2012 Great Backyard Bird Count  is almost here

It's not too late to participate in the February 17-20 event. It's free to participate, and everything is available online. The GBBC is open to anyone, including novice bird-watchers and students. Participants don't need to be able to identify every bird, and the online submission process helps check their accuracy and prevent errors. Out of excuses yet?


Here's a quick guide to what's involved:

1. Make a plan: You'll need to count birds for a minimum of 15 minutes on one of the count days, but you can count all four days, and you can count for as long as you want. More counting = more data to show us where the birds are.


2. Know your place: Decide whether your count is a STATIONARY COUNT, like watching a feeder out the window, or a TRAVELING COUNT, such as birding during a hike. Print out a data form so that you'll know what information to record, and a regional bird checklist to help with identification.


3. Count: Record the highest number of each species seen together at one time in stationary counts. For traveling counts, record the total number of individual birds of each species you see during the walk. For more info, visit


4. Report: Enter your findings through the website by clicking on "Enter Your Checklists!" and following instructions.


5. Spread the word: Tell others about your experience. Find out how to be a GBBC ambassador by clicking "Get Involved" on the website. Also, join the GBBC Facebook group, and tweet about the count (use #GBBC when tweeting).


Ready to start? Go to for everything you need. Happy counting!


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