Wild Feathers is the newest Fancy Feathers project group, centered on observing and appreciating nature’s wonders, and our neighbors with whom we share a planet.
What Do We Do?
Nature has so many aspects to it, and so many things to learn from it! We will be doing a mixture of birdwatching, botany (plants), entomology (insects), other zoology (animals), water treatment and care, and whatever interesting things we find on the way!
Birding is the observation and identification of avians—also known as Birdwatching. This will be a large part of the project group, as it is one of the easiest to learn, and one of the most satisfying for many people.
An integral part of the ecosystem and life of all creatures is plants: for consumption, the consumption of creatures who consume plants, and even purifying and creating the air. We will learn which of these plants are edible (even if it is hypothetical…a lot of native plants do taste horrid), which of these you should never eat, and other uses for the native plants in the natural botanical gardens so many creatures call home.
Insects live everywhere; outside…inside (whether you like it or not)…and so many of them improve our life and the life of your vegetable garden, or even your lawn. We will learn how to identify the beneficial bugs from the pests and how to help the insects of your garden.
Don’t forget your camera! Nature gives us so many opportunities for award-winning photographs—and so many more for your personal art gallery in your living room. See the picture of mesquite beans below? That was taken at one of the places we will be visiting: Guadalupe River South Trail. Plants, flowers, birds, insects, reptiles, and water all make great models for your photography; and great practice for lighting and angles.
If you have your own pair of binoculars that is great, but we also have two pairs for anyone who needs to borrow them. Bird, plant, and insect identification guides are also useful, though not necessary to be involved. Practical clothing is advised; running shoes/hiking boots, protective and well-aired clothes, a hat and insect repellent is a good set of clothing for nature observing.
More About Us
Nature is all around us: from the cactus on your windowsill to the hundred-year-old cypresses along your local river; from the monarch on your t-shirt to the masses of insects in your front garden; from the humble Carolina Wren who makes its nest in your barbecue grill to the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler whose nesting habitat is continually being destroyed; from the little gecko who hides in your room to the sleek Six-Lined Racerunner who runs around your paths; from the jug fountain in your backyard to the rushing cascades of a pristine river: there are so many ways one can observe and enjoy nature; we would love for you to come and share the beauty of the natural wonders that grow around us.
Nature is not only for the generation coming up, but also for the older generations; we all depend upon nature in one way or another, and it’s the older ones who can actually do something about it for our tomorrow. We would love for the parents to come along and get the exercise and knowledge too!
"I'll take you downstream, down where they turn me green.
2016-17 Planned Field Trips
October 1st: Aquarena Springs, San Marcos
November: Pedernales Falls S.P. Bird Blinds
December: Commons Ford Park, Austin
January: Hornsby Bend, Austin
February: Mitchell Lake, San Antonio (TBD)
March: Warbler Woods, Cibolo (TBD)
April: Guadalupe River South Trail, Canyon Lake
Exact dates are to be determined.
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