Summer Fun at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

Summer Hours at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center are June 14 – September 10
Tuesday – Thursday 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Friday – Sunday 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Last entry one hour before closing
Closed on major and/or Federal holidays


In Person – Outdoor Events

*Please note we request masks for all attendees when indoors and/or outdoors when social distancing is not possible and some events are limited for safety. Those who choose to not vaccinate must wear a mask at all times indoors per Audubon policy.

Guided Bird Tours
June 5, 12, 19, and 26
Every Sunday morning (except the 5th Sunday) at 8:00am
FREE for members | $10 for Non Members
Register Here

On this guided bird tour around the various habitats of Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, guests will see at least 30-50 different bird species with our expert guide. Travelling by both car and by foot to access as many areas as possible, this tour is best suited for the birder age 15+ as it can last up to four hours, though you may leave at any time. Tours are currently limited to a total of 10 participants. Bring your binoculars, bottle for water, closed-toe shoes, long pants, and bug spray.

2nd Saturday Habitat Clean-Up
Saturday, June 11
8:00 – 11:00am
Registration Requested | FREE
RSVP at this link

Join us and other members of the community to help us clean up our habitat! We depend on our amazing volunteers to help manage our habitat. This can involve trail maintenance, removal of invasive species, and planting native plants for birds and butterflies depending on the tasks of the day. All training provided. Groups are welcome! All children 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. *Eligible for SAWS Watersaver Rewards*

Beginner Bird Walk
Saturday, June 25
8:00 – 10:00 am
Registration Required | FREE for members | $10 for Non Members
Register Here

There’s no better place for learning how to bird. At Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, we host 300+ birds annually on our 1,200-acre sanctuary which includes four diverse habitats for our wildlife: wetlands, woodlands, brushlands and grasslands. Join us every fourth Saturday for Bird Tours designed for the beginning birder. Travelling by foot, your guide will go over birding identification and the proper use of binoculars. This is a family-friendly program best for ages 5+. Advanced birders are also welcome to attend.

Storytime Make and Take
Saturday, June 25
Drop in anytime 8:30-11:30 am
All Ages Welcome | FREE with Entry
Registration not required
Come listen as we read nature stories, make a craft item to take home, and enjoy the peaceful outdoors at Mitchell Lake.

Snake Saturday at Sunset
Saturday, June 25
General: $15 per family or $7 Adult/$5 Child
Members: $2 Adult/Kids free
All Ages Welcome
Registration Required |

Sssspend the evening learning about native snakes and how they help the environment with fun activities and crafts. Meet Marty, our Ambassador Snake, and take an evening stroll to search for snakes and other nocturnal animals.


WEBINAR Garden Pollinators: Birds, Bugs, & Bats
Thursday, June 23
6:00 – 7:00pm
Zoom Webinar | Registration Required | FREE
Register here:

Pollinators make the amazing diversity we enjoy in nature possible. Many pollinators around the world are in decline due to loss of habitat, parasites, disease, and environmental toxins. In this webinar, we will learn about beneficial native pollinator species, the native plants that attract them, and tips on how to incorporate these plants into your outdoor space.

Little (studied) Kite on the Prairie: Investigating the Ecology of Mississippi Kites
Guest Speaker: Dr. Ben R. Skipper, Associate Professor of Biology, Angelo State University
June 22, 2022 | 6:30 PM | Zoom
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In the last 70 years, Mississippi Kites have become one of the most abundant raptors in cities and towns throughout the Great Plains. Despite their ubiquity and abundance, much of their life history and ecology awaits discovery. In this presentation, Dr. Ben Skipper of Angelo State University will discuss his past and current research that is aimed at shedding light on this little-studied raptor. Approved for AAMN AT hours.

Source: Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

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