Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory
Hornsby Bend is open to the public seven days a week from dawn to dark. Because we are a wastewater facility, all visitors must present an ID at the main gate to enter the site. The Center for Environmental Research building is open 7am-6pm every day, and restrooms are available there. Construction near the ponds continues so please see Location Map and Construction/Access Changes under the Birding Tab to understand where access may be limited.
Check out our Monthly Events under the Events page.
Austin-Bastrop River Corridor Partnership
River Monitoring Trip
First Saturday of every month at 8:00 am
Join Claude Morris and the Travis County Colorado River Monitoring trip for a day on the river monitoring birds and more, and help the Austin-Bastrop River Corridor Partnership learn more about the ecology of the Colorado River. Meet at the CER parking lot at 8:00 am, and you MUST provide your own boat.
Check out the Austin-Bastrop River Corridor Partnership Facebook Page for updates and photos from the river monitoring trips .
To participate, contact Claude Morris
Monthly Birding Fieldtrip
Third Saturday Jan-Nov 7:30 am - 11 am
(no field trip in December)
Our free monthly birding field trip takes place on the third Saturday of each month and departs from the parking lot of the Center for Environmental Research at 7:30 am and ends by 11:00 am. The field trip leader always is a gifted birder who knows Hornsby Bend well, so you are bound to get a promised 50 species minimum and explore new parts of Hornsby Bend.
For more information contact: Kevin Anderson
Monthly Bird Survey
Second Saturday of every month at 7:00 am
Starting in 1999, the monthly Bird Survey has taken place at 7am on the 2nd Saturday of the month. We meet at Hornsby Bend in the Center for Environmental Research at 7am for the morning survey [Coffee and donuts at 6:30am]. All levels of birders are welcome - the survey is a great way to improve your skills since we form teams matching experienced and novice birders. In the morning, we have teams covering different areas of the Hornsby Bend facility and count numbers of all birds seen. We meet again around 11am to tally up the species. If you'd like to join us for the morning just show up at 7am. We meet at the CER building which is the first building at the entrance to Hornsby Bend. We'd love your help!
For more information contact Vincent O'Brien
Ecological Literacy Days
Last Saturday of every month 9 am - 1 pm
Combining volunteer work with learning about local ecology, the Ecological Literacy Day at Hornsby Bend begins with several hours of outdoor work - ranging from trail maintenance to habitat restoration to work in the native plant nursery - and ends with at least an hour of learning about local ecology - birds, bugs, and more! Wear boots and work clothing, and be sure to bring your binoculars. For more information see the CER website.