Our mission is to promote the conservation, restoration, and enjoyment
of natural resources and habitats for birds and other wildlife.


Birds of Bastrop County



Meeting: December 20, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., First National Bank Meeting Room, in Bastrop, Hwy. 71 @ Hasler.  Doors open at 6:30.

The December meeting includes a celebration of the season with festive food and drink, chaired by Sandy Simon, and an extravagant "raffle" of gifts from nature, organized by Jackie Fisher.  Some members signed up at the November meeting to bring simple finger foods, for a friendly clean-up afterwards in the meeting room environment.

(Map to meeting)

December 14, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.:  Members host the Trail of Lights at Fisherman's Park in downtown Bastrop with wassail and cookies and bird discussion.

More News:

"Posters for Birds”:

BCAS’ grant proposal requesting $1000 for the year 2017 was granted recently by Audubon Foundation of Texas.

The project involves producing 100 tabloid size posters (11”x 17”) featuring birds of Bastrop County using photos by our members past and present.  Members will distribute about seven different laminated poster versions at all sorts of venues in the County, commercial, non-profit, governmental, etc.   The venues could include restaurants, store fronts, churches, banks, and museums, reaching diverse populations, to publicize BCAS, its mission, meetings, web site, local birds, and 35th anniversary.  We will include a button for “likes” at the Facebook site.

An ad hoc committee will meet in January to plan for logistics of distribution, to shop for supplies for hanging, and to finalize poster designs.  Mary Ellen Branan will chair the committee.  To join the committee call her at 512-303-2734.   Email: mbranan@austin.rr.com.

Announcing Christmas Bird Counts of Bastrop County:


The Bastrop Christmas Bird Count:

The Bastrop Christmas Bird Count will be held on January 1, 2017.  This count, which began in 1977, covers the state parks, including Smithville areas, out 304, 95, downtown Bastrop, and more..  Contact Shelia Hargis at bastroptxcbc@gmail.com. After you sign up, you will receive your group assignment and instructions by email.

When the day is done, participants will gather at Southside Market and Barbeque at 534 Hwy 71W in Bastrop at approx. 6:00 p.m. for the collation of the count.  (Coming from Hwy 71, take the Hwy 304 exit. Go east on the frontage road to access the restaurant.) 

Web site: www.bastropcbc.com.


The Sixth Annual Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count:

The Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count launches from McKinney Roughs Nature Park on Saturday, December 17, 2016, from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Your time and effort counting within our circle contributes vital citizen science data to important bird conservation research.

Online Registration:  click here to register for the count online so that we can get accurate participant contact information, skill level and shirt size.  If you have friends who would like to participate in the count, please share this info with them--the more the merrier.

Check-in: On Saturday, Dec. 17 at 5:30 a.m., gather at McKinney Roughs to check-in and receive group assignments.  Complimentary breakfast tacos and coffee will be available.  LCRA Parks, Bastrop County Audubon Society, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Lost Pines Master Naturalists are hosting.  While we owe a debt of gratitude to our previous partner Hyatt Lost Pines and especially Amanda Fier for helping to build public recognition for this count circle over the last five years, they are no longer partnering with us this year. Consequently, there will be no workshops or check-in at the Hyatt. The address is 1884 State Hwy 71 West, Cedar Creek, TX 78612.  Please click here for a Google Maps reference.

Please be prompt!  Birding groups will depart for the field no later then 6 a.m., and you will be unable to join your group after that time.  Half days may be arranged at the outset.

Meals/Attire/Weather:  Please plan to bring your own lunch, beverages and snacks. You will likely stay in the field with your group for lunch. The Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count will take place rain or shine. Please dress for your comfort and wear suitable footwear for your land or river zone.

"Please call us at 512-303-5073 if you have further questions. In closing, we look forward to spending time with you, and we thank you in advance for your participation!"

Reported by:

The Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count Team

Nicholas Cowey and Erin Holley

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