WBS Wimberley Birding Society

Promoting the watching, protecting and enjoying of
birds in and around Wimberley, Texas and other locations.

Meeting Minutes:
   Sept. 3, 2021
   August 16, 2021
   May 17, 2021

About WBS
    Travel history
    Projects
    Officers & committees

Calendar
    Trips & Meetings
    Trips Archives

Recent sightings

Area birds & birding
    Birding resources
    Hill Country birds
    Hummingbirds

Helping nature
    Bluebird house plans
    Natural landscaping
    Mealworms as food




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Wimberley Birding Society
Bluebird house

The Wimberley Birding Society promotes the watching, protecting and enjoying of birds in and around Wimberley and other locations.

It was founded in 1986, as the TLC Bluebird Society, with the aim of protecting and restoring the local bluebird population. Each member was given two bluebird houses upon paying membership dues; hundreds of nest boxes were erected and many are still in service throughout the area. (TLC stood for the tender loving care required to bring back the bluebirds.)

The club currently has some 130 members. Meetings are held quarterly, generally on the third Monday of May, August, November and February. An active trip schedule is maintained -- excursions have ranged from half-day excursions around Wimberley to an 18-day African safari. For a look at upcoming trips, check our Calendar. Information about past trips is available on our Trip Archives page.

Donations from the club have supported such endeavors as the Adopt-a-prairie-chicken program of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Driftwood Wildlife Association, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Audubon Texas and similar avian programs. A current major project of the club is the Patsy Glenn Refuge, a Wimberley bird sanctuary which has been developed with a Chimney swift tower and information kiosk, paths, wildflower areas, native tree plantings, bluebird nest boxes, bird viewing platform, and feeding and watering sites.

In addition to trips around Texas, the club takes several major trips each year (see Trip Archives). Past journeys have been to Costa Rica, Panama, Peru and the Amazon River, Trinidad and Tobago, Maine, Hawaii, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Orcas Island, California, Africa, and Alaska.

Wofford Memorial Bench"We enjoy birds and we also enjoy eating," said Sandy Wallace, former club president. "Our annual salad supper is always a treat." Club members come from Houston, Justiceburg, Wimberley, San Marcos, Dripping Springs, Kerrville and Austin.




Memorial bench honoring Billy Wofford.
beloved long-time member





BIRDING OPPORTUNITIES IN WIMBERLEY

Patsy Glenn Birding Refuge
(from the Migratory Bird Day web site)

Patsy Glenn of Wimberley was the prime force behind creation of this birding/nature sanctuary. With great vision and gentle persistence, she worked to create a wonderful Nature Refuge and Bird Sanctuary in the heart of Wimberley.

Bluebird house Patsy was tireless in establishing this refuge. Through her efforts, an un-used portion of land next to the proposed community center was turned over to the Wimberley Birding Society for development as a bird sanctuary. In October, 2001, she enlisted over 60 volunteers to clear the land, create the nature trails, wildflower areas and feeders to attract birds. She guided numerous improvements since that time, including a chimney swift tower, viewing platform, rainwater collection system and butterfly garden.

The Patsy Glenn Refuge encourages and protects birds and all wildlife. It has also served to inform and educate visitors, including area school children, and to improve the Cypress Creek watershed.

Patsy Glenn was that rare individual who took a dream, and with extensive communication and sensitivity, inspired others to join her to preserve a delightful environment where birds, flowers, fauna and people flourish. A former co-president of the Wimberley Birding Society, in 2002, Patsy was the first winner of the Golden Eagle Award, an annual award presented by WBS to the person who does the most for birds and birding in Hays County.



UPDATE: MEETINGS and BIRDING TRIPS

Due to the coronavirus and restrictions on group gatherings, quarterly meetings in Wimberley are being conducted on Zoom. Check your e-mail for links to the quarterly meetings.

There are some birding outings planned and led by Jesse Huth in 2021. Check the links below for more information.

1. West India: Birds and Mammals of Gujarat, undecided date due to current COVID conditions.
2. Birding 3 Key Islands in Hawaii: Oahu, Kauai and Big Island, Oct. 21-29. 2021. Hakalau Bird Sanctuary. Lots of endemic birds, very specialized birding
3. Other trips: CO, AR, MN to be determined, planned.

Contact for more information: Jesse Huth, jesse@pibird.com, 979-422-7061


Resumed in July

FIRST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH:
    Bird Walk with Jesse Huth

    Meet at the community center at 7:15 AM
    Jesse will pick locations no more than an hour away
    Bring $10 for Jesse to pay for his expertise.


Annual dues are five dollars per person. If interested, make check payable to Wimberley Birding Society and send to:
            WBS
            P. O. Box 1526
            Wimberley, Texas 78676

Additional Information: Jerry Hall, publicity chairman, at 512 847-3730


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