Start a Healthy Tradition with First Saturday Birding Hikes

Birding Hikes

Now is the perfect time to start making your habits healthier, such as enjoying the outdoors while getting exercise. A great choice that will get you slowly used to exercising is the first Saturday birding hikes right here in San Marcos. Every month, the hikes take you to a new area, so you can watch a new set of birds.

Every First Saturday; Changing Locations

The monthly birding hikes always take place on the very first Saturday of the month and begin at sunrise. The location varies every month, and if you attend multiple hikes, you will find yourself exploring greenspaces, riverside parks, and preserves to watch the birds. To find out where the next hike is and get more information, you can email the organizer, Stephen Ramirez.

Who Runs It

The regular birding hikes are currently organized and guided by Ramirez. This local photographer is also a unicycle enthusiast and has plenty of knowledge about birds. He runs the hikes as part of the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance. The SMGA began in August 1998 and works to create natural areas and interconnected parks, improving the local quality of life. The first Saturday birding hikes are one of the many outreach/education programs. The group also engages in conservation and stewardship to maintain the greenspace with the help of community members.

Enjoy Other Outdoor Events with SMGA

Once you go on a birding hike, you may find yourself wanting to participate in other SMGA programs. You can keep track of the upcoming events via its Facebook page. Recent events have included bug walks, working on trails, planting along the river, and other hikes. All of these events are excellent ways to spend more time outdoors and get your exercise in.

Go Birding by Yourself

Whether you choose to participate in the first Saturday birding hikes, you can also choose to go birding by yourself in San Marcos. Maybe you will want to return to the same location that you visited on a hike. Or you can drive to one of the other nearby areas that are great for birding. Without leaving Hill Country, you can watch birds at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge in Marble Falls, the Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory in Austin, and Ins Lake State Park in Burnet, Pedernales Falls State Park in Johnson City, South Llano River State Park in Junction, and Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool.

With a vehicle from Nissan of San Marcos, you can easily drive from your San Marcos, Texas, home to the location of the next monthly birding hike.