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Goings on at HC State Natural Area


Slated for once a month, "Birds of a Feather" offers everyone a chance to meet other birding buddies and spot fine-feathered friends as they stay or migrate to the Hill Country.
Guided birding walk will be offered at the Hill Country State Natural Area one Monday each month with Ranger Leanne Beauxbeannes and Texas Master Naturalist Scott Magee.
Registration begins at 8:30 am on Sept. 14, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Feb. 15, March 14 and April 18. Beginner or experienced birders are welcome. Bring binoculars, birding guides and creature comforts such as comfy-sturdy shoes, hats, layered clothing and water. Plan on a two-hour guided walk and then bring a picnic and stay to enjoy the 5000-acre natural area for the day.
Regular day-use entrance fees will be in effect for "Birds of a Feather":
• Texas State Park Pass - No charge for everyone in vehicle
• Seniors ages 65 years and above, $3 - Bring ID for free Bluebonnet Pass, half price entry
• Adult day-use entry, $6
• Kids ages 12 years and under, always free
Additionally, a Youth and Teen Trail Work Volunteer Day will take place from 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday, Sept. 12.
This offers young people an opportunity to learn about trail maintenance and volunteerism while connecting with others interested in the outdoors.
Anyone age 10 years or older is encouraged to participate. All youth 18 and younger must have a parental consent form signed by parent or guardian. In addition, kids ages 13 or younger must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or official youth leader.
Participants are asked to bring drinks, snacks and lunch and wear work clothes, boots and caps. Some tools will be provided, but personal tools will be allowed if they are within the tool safety guidelines. Participants are asked to "be on time and stay to the end."
Participants must RSVP 48 hours before the event by email or phone. Groups or individuals are limited to 20 per volunteer day. Second Saturdays trail workdays include Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov.14, Dec. 12 and Feb. 13, March 12 and April 9.
For more information on either event, contact Beauxbeannes, interpretive ranger and volunteer coordinator, at 830-796-4413 or Leanne.beauxbeannes@tpwd.texas.gov.
The Hill Country State Natural Area is located at 10600 Bandera Creek Road, south of Bandera.