What we're about
This group is operated by the City of Austin's Wildland Conservation Division and Travis County Natural Resources (1/14/2020). It was created to encourage awareness of and access to the Balcones Canyonland Preserve (BCP). Through the promotion of public educational opportunities, our members will be in the loop of special access hikes, lectures and volunteer opportunities. The BCP is not one single tract of land but a system of preserves located in Travis County that exists as a multi-agency conservation effort operating under a regional 10(a) permit issued under the Endangered Species Act by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFW). In addition to existing as habitat for endangered species, these lands provide habitat for numerous native plants and animals and contribute to improved air and water quality and quality of life for the people of Austin.
Check out the BCP events calendar to see all upcoming events on the BCP:
Upcoming events (1)
Grab your binoculars and join us for a birding hike with Travis County Natural Resources Biologist Paul Fushille. We'll explore the Nootsie and Vireo Ridge tracts of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. It has some beautiful scenic views and great habitat to see the black-capped vireo and endangered Golden-cheeked warbler, which are both in the middle of their breeding season.
This is a great chance to see and learn more about the bird species we protect and manage for on the BCP. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to more experienced birders. This is a two-and-a-half-hour hike, and the terrain isn't particularly challenging except for a few areas with steep hills. Be prepared to walk roughly 3 miles, and we recommend wearing comfortable closed-toed shoes or boots and bringing water. We'll meet in the parking lot at the Travis County Natural Resources Field Office. Don't forget your binoculars! Let us know if you need a pair - we'll have a few extra. We plan to start the hike as close to 8:00 am possible, so please arrive a few minutes early to allow parking and any last-minute preparation.
- BCP Outreach Travis C.
- Patty R.
- Donna K.
- 20 attendees