Friends of
Balcones Canyonlands
National Wildlife Refuge
 
Celebrating 150th Anniversary of the Golden-cheeked Warbler
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Balcones Songbird Nature Festival
April 24-27, 2015
 
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Welcome to Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge

When Spanish explorers first saw the layers of hills northwest of what is now Austin, Texas, they named the land Balcones. These limestone hills and spring fed canyons make up most of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, located north of Lake Travis. The primary purpose of the refuge is to conserve the nesting habitat of the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo. Both of these birds nest in Central Texas, the warbler exclusively.

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Call for Volunteers!

Office help needed to help answer the phone and talk to visitors. General maintenance help needed to water plants,mow and weed around the headquarters area. Other maintenance work may be needed also. Contact Dub Lyon at 817-291-2508 or dub@friendsofbalcones.org

Upcoming events

Thursday, August 28, 2014 5:30 PM • Blue Corn Harvest Bar & Grill -- Cedar Park
Sunday, September 21, 2014 8:00 AM • Doeskin Ranch
Sunday, October 12, 2014 6:30 AM • Doeskin Ranch, Balcones Canyonlands NWR
Friday, February 06, 2015 3:00 PM • The Retreat at Balcones Springs

REVIEWS

I want to say thank you again. I can't recall an event where the organizers put in more effort than your group. The fact that the efforts were coupled with great pleasantries made the event so much more memorable. I am glad I switched over to the Sparrowfest at the last minute. It is not just about the birds!

See ya soon. 
Marc from Austin


"I feel so lucky to have been in town at the right time for the Songbird Festival. Just want to thank all the volunteers who put on the event. I know it takes a huge effort!"

Thank you,
Todd from WA State

I really want to thank you and everyone involved for putting on such a wonderful event. I am still drooling over that gourmet lunch! It was so great to have such knowledgeable sparrow guides and to be able to experience the wonders of the Balcones Canyonlands NWR.  My best experience of the day was during the early walk at the Flying X lead by Jeff Patterson.  We slowly circled a bush and up popped a rufous-crowned sparrow who cooperatively sat out in the dawn light allowing a really good look. 

That was just delightful!
Sharon, Austin, TX


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OTHER FRIENDS EVENTS

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  • Book Project
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We are proud Recipients of  Every Day Grants which support our events and contributed to the new kiosk!

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