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Outdoor Activity of the Month


Join the San Antonio Zoo each month as we team up with Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Texas Partnership for Children in Nature for the Outdoor Activity of the Month.

April 2014 – Birding

Estimates suggest that fewer than 20 Bali Mynah birds exist in the wild. The San Antonio Zoo is working hard to conserve this critically endangered species!Did you know that “birding” is the most popular sport in the United States? Over 51 million people bird watch in their backyards, state parks and even at YOUR San Antonio Zoo! April is a great time to get outdoors with your family, and birding is an activity the whole family can enjoy. Bring your crew out to see some of the most endangered birds in the world, including the whooping crane, Micronesian kingfisher, and Bali Mynah. While you’re here, be sure to visit Lory Landing where you actually have to opportunity to feed our beautiful lorikeets.

Texas has over 630 species of birds (second only to California), and Texas state parks are some of the best places to view birds in their native habitat.  And many parks host guided bird walks, workshops and other birding events.

Before you head out, share this Introduction to Birding with your family to learn what to look and listen for. You can also download a colorful PDF called “Texas Birds: Introducing Texans to Common Birds” to take with you. And watching this month’s featured video, “Basics of Birding,”  will give you an overview of what you should bring, and what you can expect on your family birding adventure.

From observation platforms to enclosed shelters and traditional birding blinds, these parks offer optimal perches to experience some of the best birding in Texas.
Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area
Goliad State Park
Government Canyon State Natural Area
Honey Creek State Natural Area
18 other Texas State Parks are in the San Antonio area

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