Commons Ford December Bird Walk
We are happy to announce that due to the popularity of bird walks in Commons Ford Park, and the increased bird diversity and density after the first stage of the prairie restoration there, we are now offering monthly birding trips to Commons Ford Park. Each trip will be led by a knowledgeable and experienced local birder. Participants will be given the opportunity to make a donation toward further restoration of the prairie. Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of this exciting and beneficial project!
Join Bill Reiner on Dec 8th from 7:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. to see how the efforts of the Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Project have enhanced the bird and plant life in Commons Ford Park, one of the most diverse parks in the Austin Parks and Recreation Department system. We have notched around 220 species in the park, and the varied habitat always offers the opportunity for a surprise or two. Sparrows have arrived in central Texas and we have the possibility of up to sixteen species in the park. Beginners and experienced birders welcome.
If you have not been to the park lately, you should check it out for yourself. Many of the wildflowers have bloomed and the grasses have come in as well. Since planting at the end of February, 2012 (followed by a decent amount of rain), we are seeing a very good initial growth response in the native vegetation. Depending on the season, you might see 6 ft. tall Common Sunflowers, Maximillian Sunflowers, Bush Sunflowers, Indian Blanket, Coreopsis, Mexican Hat, and many, many more. The native grassesundefinedLittle bluestem, Side oats grama, Green sprangletop, and others, will always be visible. For more information on the restoration, please see http://www.commonsfordpro.blogspot.com/. To make a tax-free donation to this important project, please click on the following link: http://www.austinparks.org/adopter-donations.html
Commons Ford Ranch is located only a few miles west of the intersection of Bee Caves Rd. and Loop 360. Specific directions and further details will be provided to confirmed participants. There will be extensive walking but mostly on level ground. Bring water and snacks to make it through a full morning, and dress appropriately for the weather, including sturdy, close-toed shoes.
Registration is required and participation is limited to 15 participants. These trips are always full, so please register early. For questions, or to be put on a waiting list if trip is full, please contact Bill Reiner.
For information, maps, and eBird data about Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park, visit Central Texas Birding