Bird watching is great fun in Bastrop County with 277 species of birds found in the area. A notebook, a field guide, and binoculars – all together will cost less than a good pair of athletic shoes – make for a great family activity in our bird watching paradise.
Join the Bastrop County Audubon on a field trip or go it on your own with the State Parks Checklist found on the Audubon Society’s website listing each feathered friend seen in the county parks. How many can you spot?
With our two state parks – Bastrop and Buescher, the Lost Pines Forest, a 13-mile belt of loblolly pines with its distinctive DNA, McKinney Roughs Nature Park, Lake Bastrop and the Colorado River, Bastrop County is a birding paradise with over 350 different species of birds spotted. The county is also in the Central Flyway, comprising 54 percent of migrating birds in North America. With our habitats and the river running through the county, bird lovers will have a field day of exploration fun.
Each year, volunteers can join one of two local bird counts in November through January: the Bastrop-Buescher Christmas Bird Count (Bastrop and Buescher state parks and area) founded in 1977, or the Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count (Lost Pines Hyatt and LCRA McKinney Roughs Park) begun in 2011.
Established in 1982, Bastrop County Audubon is one of only 16 Audubon chapters in the state of Texas and hosts the bird counts and monthly events. Field trips enhance birding skills and create bird census data throughout the year in local and wider-ranging locations.