Grab your binoculars! We now have a bird viewing station in a San Marcos natural area. After approval by the City of San Marcos, funding by a Firefly grant from the Hays County Master Naturalists and a fundraiser in partnership with the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance, the structure is ready to host birders. The location is appropriately on the Warbler Way Trail in the Schulle Canyon Natural Area. This site is #61 on the Heart of Texas Wildlife Trail – East map, published by Texas Parks and Wildlife.
The structure was designed by Kenneth Dees, Hays County Master Naturalist and San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance member. A small group of the Greenbelt Alliance Trail Crew—Kenneth Dees, Al Scott, Mark Taylor, Kenny Skrobanek and Jon Cradit—constructed the structure. In addition to providing the site for the station, the City has contributed a rain water collection receptacle that will support a guzzler to lure in birds.
The City Urban Forester, Kelly Eby, and members of the Greenbelt Alliance Team Flora will plant trees, shrubs, and perennials near the station to provide shelter and food for wildlife.
We hope to build additional bird viewing stations in the San Marcos Natural Areas!
Written by Jo Ellen Korthals, Hays County Master Naturalist, and founding member of the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance.