Camp Tejano: Jul 08—20, 2011

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Departs: San Antonio, TX
Tour Limit: 14
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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Victor Emanuel

Victor Emanuel started birding in Texas 66 years ago at the age of eight. His travels have t...


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Barry Lyon

Barry Lyon's passion for the outdoors and birding has its roots in his childhood where he gr...


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Mexican free-tailed bats, Concan, Texas

Mexican free-tailed bats, Concan, Texas— Photo: Barry Zimmer

A unique youth-oriented summertime program centered on the diverse and biologically rich ecosystems of the Texas Hill Country.

Camp Tejano, co-sponsored by the American Birding Association and Leica Sport Optics, offers young birders between the ages of 14 and 18 the unique opportunity to experience nature and the outdoors with their peers. The camp, based in two locations, provides a comprehensive survey of the flora and fauna of the famed Texas Hill Country. Though the focus of the camp is on birdlife, campers will be exposed to all forms of natural history.

The camp is set in a productive learning environment in which campers will be educated on ecology, habitats, and ecosystems. Daily activities will be based on thorough exploration of each of the places we visit. Lengthy hikes, bird walks, and discussions will complement free time, during which campers will have the luxury of exploring and discovering their natural surroundings on their own or in small groups.

Campers should expect to see most of the special birds of south-central Texas, including Black-capped and Gray vireos, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Cave Swallow, Golden-cheeked Warbler, and Painted and Varied buntings. Activities include hiking in Lost Maples State Park and visits to Kickapoo Cavern and Natural Bridge Caverns State Park, while an evening trip to the Frio bat cave, with an estimated nine million Mexican Free-tailed Bats, is a trip highlight and not to be missed.

Expect long, learning-filled days emphasizing the birdlife and habitats of central Texas; lots of hiking and some lengthy drives; expect cool mornings and hot days.