What we're about

We are people who enjoy sauntering through nature and sharing what we find. We are nature enthusiasts, nature educators, nature photographers, nature artists, and nature-inspired writers.

Our outings are partly collaboratively-guided nature saunters, partly jaunts for creative inspiration. We share what we know with one another as we go and stop periodically to explore or do our creative thing.

Some of us will be taking record photos to upload to species monitoring sites such as iNaturalist (http://www.inaturalist.org/), Project Noah (http://www.projectnoah.org/), BugGuide (http://bugguide.net/), eBird (http://ebird.org/), etc. Check out the cool apps you can get for these sites.

We are not quiet. We are free to talk and socialize, whether we're sauntering about or hanging out to explore an area. That means we'll mostly be looking at bugs, plants, and geology and less at shyer vertebrates.

Our saunters are short in distance but long in time. We'll normally walk between .5 and 1.5 miles, but we'll be out there for 1.5 to 2 hours. Children are welcome. Dogs are welcome in areas that allow dogs, but only on a leash, and you'll likely have to hang back from cool finds to keep the dog from scaring things away.

Always remember to bring water and sunscreen. Closed shoes and long pants are also recommended, in case we pass poison ivy or step off trail to see things.

During the pandemic, saunters will be intimate and limited to 9 people. That means it's more important than ever to only signup if you're really coming, and cancel as soon as you know you can't come, to make room for others.

Since we're outside, masks are encouraged, but not required. Social distancing is to be respected.

Upcoming events (1)

Nature Spotting at Hornsby Bend

Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory

One of our more poplar hikes! Ever wondered where it goes after you flush? It goes here to Hornsby Bend wastewater treatment plant! (Aka Austin Center for Environmental Research) Why visit? Because it’s also one of the world’s premiere birding spots, and has a wonderful trail in a forest by the river, with ginormous pecan trees, which is where we’ll hike.

This is an easy, level hike on grass, sand, and dirt.

Masks are encouraged for those not vaccinated yet.

No dogs allowed here.

I'll see you Nature Spotters at Hornsby Bend!

Past events (101)

Nature Spotting at Commons Ford Ranch Park

Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park

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