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Great Backyard Bird Count Kick Off!

2:00p to 4:00p
Fri, February 15, 2019
Lydia Pagel

Ready to join thousands of people around the world identify and count birds in their backyard? Join us in our backyard to learn more about the GBBC, birding in general, and how you can participate.

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an international citizen science event occurring this year between February 15th and 18th. Participants are encouraged to spend some time birding in their own backyard. We will host a special event in the Tom Mays unit of Franklin Mountains State Park for folks to learn more about the great sport of birding, how they can participate, and submit their own checklist in time for the GBBC.

We will meet at the Tom Mays Bird Blind. See you there!

Bring: water, snacks, hiking boots/shoes, and comfortable clothes.

Optional: binoculars, hiking stick, camera, and a map.

Entrance Fee: $5 for adults 13 years old and up; $0 for Texas State Park Pass holders and  children 12 and under.


  • From Westside on I-10, take exit 6 & travel east towards the mountains for 3.8 miles. Park entrance will be on the left. 
  • From Eastside on Hwy 54, take exit 29 towards Transmountain Rd, travel west 7-7.5 miles over/through the mountains. Park entrance will be on the right.
  • If using a GPS be sure to search for "Tom Mays Access Road," not "Franklin Mountains State Park."

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