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Choke Canyon Bird Festival

8:00a to 2:00p
Sat, February 09, 2019
Paul Jaure
(361) 786-3868, x229

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Choke Canyon State Park, in partnership with the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce the 2019 Bird Festival to be held at Choke Canyon State Park, Calliham Unit. This year’s Festival is organized to explore birding at Choke Canyon, highlight some terrific Texas birding and wildlife organizations, as well as hear from experts in the area. Whether you are an expert, novice, or just want to learn more about birds, we invite you to come out for a day at the park. Please mark your calendars, pack a picnic lunch or pick one up in Three Rivers, and come out to learn a new hobby and meet others who share your passion for birds!


  • Guided bird walks 8:00AM – 11:00AM   
  • Speakers, Booths and Activities 9:00AM – 2:00PM

WHO and HOW:   All ages are welcome.  Please dress appropriately for the weather!

This event is FREE, but park entrance fees apply: Adults $5, Children 12 Years and under free. Obtain permit at the park's main headquarters.

small brown bird with yellow beakFor the "early birds" -  park gates open at 6AM, but the office doesn't open until 8AM.  Please use the Self-Pay station (red metal box) at headquarters to pay your entrance fees and obtain a permit. Instructions are posted on the red metal box.

small yellow bird*All photos by Alan Clampitt


Guided Bird Walk:  8:00AM - *11:00AM

(*last guided walk at 10:00AM)

small yellow bird with blue headGuided Bird Walks are on the hour and on a “first come basis.”  Up to 20 participants per group.  Please sign-up at the Interpretive Center.  Each walk is approximately 1 hour and most walking is on uneven ground.  Participants should be prepared for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.

Presentations (Gymnasium):  9:00AM – 1:00PM

  • 9:00:  Dr. Tania Homayoun, Ph.D., Nature Tracker Biologist, TPWD: “Importance of Bird Habitat, Bird Conservation, and Citizen Science”
  • 10:00:  Geron Gowdy, Graduate Student (TAMUK): “Native Bird Wintering & Breeding Responses to Grassland Restoration”
  • 11:00:  Robert Benson & Jimmy Jackson: “Showcase of South Texas Birds”
  • 12:00:  Ben Horstmann, Regional Interpreter, TPWD: “Birding in Texas State Parks”
  • 1:00:  Victor Lawrence, Sky Kings Falconry: “Raptors Revealed: Features live birds and discusses the natural history of raptors, their unique traits, and natural abilities”

Information Booths (Gymnasium): 9:00AM- 2:00PM

  • San Antonio Audubon Society
  • Texas A&M University (TAMU) Wildlife and Fisheries Science Department
  • TAMU Society for Conservation Biology
  • Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce
  • Three Rivers Garden Club
  • Sky Kings Falconry, Wildlife Revealed
  • Texas Nature Trackers, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)
  • Skins and Skulls, TPWD
  • Inland Fisheries, TPWD
  • Game Thief Trailer, Game Warden, TPWD

Family Activities: 9:00AM – 2:00PM

Children 12 years and under, must be accompanied by an adult to participate

  • Bird Seed Ornament Making – Nature Center
  • Bird Mask Making – Nature Center
  • Bird Beak Activity - San Antonio Audubon Society Booth

Visitors are encouraged to be prepared for the weather and dress in layers, bring binoculars, and wear sturdy walking shoes. There are no concessions at the Park. Visitors should bring their own drinks and a picnic lunch or visit Three Rivers prior to coming to the Park.