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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
M Stewart Alamo Anytime English
I live about in the center of the Rio Grande Valley. So it makes it easy to reach most of the great places to bird in the area. I live in a park that has a 10 acre lake. I haven't been here a year yet and my species list for just this park is 87. I enjoy birding and meeting new birders and sharing what and where I know. McAllen is the largest town in my area. The Valley is treasure that just keeps on giving. The Alamo Inn is just 15 min away from me and they cater to birders. I'm looking forward to helping out.
J Luce Amarillo Anytime English
J Sipiora Arlington Anytime English
About 20 minutes from DFW airport. Several good birding areas nearby.
Z Hunt Austin Anytime English
L Kantor Austin Anytime English, Spanish
S Barko Austin Anytime English
Intermediate birder with knowledge of south Austin parks and birding areas south of Austin.
M Borg Austin Anytime English, Spanish, Portuguese
20 year birder. Available in my area are Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black-capped Vireo, Crested Caracara, Painted Bunting, Roadrunner, etc. around 400 species in a 60mile radius. I will pick you up at the airport and take you to your lodging. I can drive you birding, and let you pick the species, and if it is the right season, we'll try to find them. I am a fire fighter, so I am off many times during the week, and can give you one full day of birding. I can show you my neighborhood and area. A good day here is 50 or 75 species. I have had a 100 bird day in Texas.
L Merino Austin Anytime English, Spanish, Italian
Enjoy birding and hiking. Austin has many green areas and is close to state parks and lakes with many opportunities for birding.
M Kirkham Austin Weekend English
I took up bird watching a little over a year ago. I am not a professional, but I love the challenge of locating new birds and learning their calls. Austin has a lot of great birding locations since central Texas is a major migratory route. Over 800 bird species have been recorded in Texas. We also have two endangered birds that nest only here, the Golden-cheeked Warbler and the Black-capped Vireo. Beyond that, the large number of parks and green space provide excellent opportunities for great watching within the city.
C Campbell Austin Anytime English, Spanish (proficient)
I'm a beginning birder and am in bird language and would love to have someone to bird with.
S Head Bay City Anytime English
B Kinch Brownsville (Winter only) Anytime English
J Paz Brownsville Anytime English, Spanish fluent
Retired, love wildlife photography, live close to Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary in the lower Texas Coast. Very familiar with and love to visit the El Cielo Biosphere in Tamaulipas Mexico. Lower Rio Grande Valley area is a great birding area.
K Russell Bryan Anytime English, German
S Dillard Bryan Weekend English
I am versant with alot of the upper coast of Texas too so - if you want someone to take ya around try me anyhow. I might be able to break away days with some prior notice
S Jones Bryan Anytime English
I am an avid birder when time allows. My area is not very bird rich, although Texas as a whole is, especially in migration.
D Green Canyon Lake Weekend English, Spanish
I live in the Hill Country of Texas half way between San Antonio an Austin. In the spring I can usually show or tell people how to find the Golden- Cheeked Warbler and the Black-capped Vireo.
J Huth College Station Anytime English
Master's student from Central Texas attending TAMU. Been birding for years and am always looking for a reason to go.
L Yaklin Concan Anytime English
J Hill Conroe Anytime English
I am a member of the NWF and have numerous feeders, bird houses, bird baths and covered areas for my birds. I have only been watching in my yard for about 4 years, but I really want to go birding with someone. Have no friends interested in birding the way I am.
S McClellan Conroe Anytime English
I am located in South East Texas 40 Miles North of Houston, Texas. I live in the piney woods. Avid Birder, Photography Skills. Have some near extinct birds in area. State and National Forests abundant in the area. Know Texas Birds fairly well.
L Even Corpus Christi Weekend English
L Mathis Dallas Anytime English
I have enjoyed the hobby for many years and am excited each day to anticipate new arrivals. There exists many nice spots and opportunities to view birds in the area and I would sharing this opportunity anytime.
J Meldahl Eagle Lake Anytime English
A Vinson El Paso Anytime English
I bird regularly in West Texas and in mid- and southern New Mexico. Also, I travel to SE Arizona pretty regularly to bird. I am a school teacher, so the "anytime" only applies to summers, Christmas break and Spring Break. The working year I am available on weekends. So,if you would like to bird the Chihuahuan desert, Bosque del Apache, Big Bend, or even look for the Tucson area specialties with me, please email.
L Lucas Ft. Worth Weekend English
P Singleton Galveston/Dickinson Anytime English
M Streater Hamilton Anytime English
P Kennedy Deer Park, Houston Anytime English
K Whittier Hebron(Winter only) Anytime English
I am a retired teacher and a Certified Texas Master Naturalist. I have led groups on bird walks in several places including the Mission, Texas area. I have attended many expertly guided walks around the country, especially in the Rio Grande Valley and in southern Maine. I love to help folks, young and old, learn about birds and how to find them. I am in Hebron, Maine (near Lewiston) May 15 to mid-September and in Mission, Texas, Jan. 15-March 15.
M Sloan Houston Area Anytime English, some French
An avid birder and photographer, I can frequently be found at beaches and refuges along the Upper Texas Gulf Coast.
My photos can be seen here.
B Tarbox Houston Weekend English
Available for assistance with weekend birding throughout the year with advance notice in the Southeast Texas area. Katy Prairie, Galveston, Houston area, Jones State Forest (RCWO & BHNU), High Island and Sabine Pass areas & Bolivar. Also, familiar with birding the Rio Grande Valley. If you have a list of target birds feel free to email it to me. (weekend email - billtarbox(AT)gmail.com)
A Marceau Houston Weekend English, French, limited Spanish
Within 1.5 hour drive to High Island and other Upper Texas Coast hotspots.
M Meyer Houston Weekend English
I've been birding for 5 years. Near our neighborhood is a series of retention ponds called Willow Waterhole Park. Commonly seen there are Black-necked Stilts, Cooper's, Red-tailed, and Red-shouldered Hawks, numerous egrets and herons, some warblers, kinglets, grebes, Belted Kingfishers, occasional Roseate Spoonbills.
L Bradshaw Houston Anytime English
My wife and I are both amateur birders and photographers. We have been birding the Houston area and local Gulf area for about six years. We are pretty familiar with many good areas for migrants and resident birds. We are retired, so available most days. We are both retired science teachers and have birded the upper gulf coast from High Island down to Corpus Christi. We are most familiar with the areas around Houston, which has many good birding sites. Our main focus is bird photography.
J Baldwin near Houston Anytime English
New to the area and somewhat new to birding.
F Edgar Irving Anytime English
I am between Dallas and Ft Worth, TX. I consider myself a high-level amateur.
T Thweatt Katy Anytime English, Spanish
Katy is on the South border of the famous Katy Prairie, an excellent birding area noted particularly for wintering waterfowl, passerines, and raptors. We are also near the Attwater National Wildlife Refuge. My wife and I have birded the Katy Prairie and the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge extensively.
A Lemon Junction, Kimble Anytime English
J Stowers Kerrville Anytime English
T Perkins Killeen Anytime English, Spanish
Killeen is located in Central Texas, home to a diverse mix of Eastern and Western species and local specialties including Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo. I'm relatively new to the area but happy to show visiting birders around.
J Sinclair Kingsville Anytime English
R Delgado Laredo Weekend English, Spanish
White-Collared Seedeaters are often found in the Laredo area.
D Dauphin Lower Rio Grande Valley Anytime English
The Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas is one of this nation's top birding locations.
View our website
H Trudell Big Bend area/Marathon Anytime English
I'm new to the area, but settling in. Otherwise I can provide information for birders in the Abilene area or on the Upper Texas Coast.
Visit my blog.
R Brittain Mathis Weekend English
C Miller McKinney Anytime English
40 years of birding exper. Would be willing to guide at Hagerman NWR & Heard Nature Center, near McKinney, where I partipate in bird banding. Also knowledgeable on Texas gulf coast & Hill country.
C Gifford Mesquite Weekend English, Spanish
I live on the edge of the country and work in a neighborhood area that also has farming around. I seen 1 American Kestrel an occasional Bald Eagles.
M Thornton Mission Weekend English
B Jackson Mont Belvieu Anytime English
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge nearby. 20 minutes from Sheldon Lake State Park. 55 minutes from High Island.
M Moore Plano Anytime English
One of the premiere birding spots in the Dallas area is about an hour north on US-75 to Sherman, Texas then a few minutes west. The Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, on the southern shore of Lake Texoma, hosts a wide diversity of habitats supporting a large number of avian residents as well as seasonally large numbers of visiting ducks, geese, and shorebirds. Access is easy, not extensive, and you'll get some good views of the lake and shore by driving the dike roads leading to the several oil drilling pads that jut into the lake.
L Jackson Plano Anytime English
Plano is an urban area but close to good biring on Lake Texoma, Lake Tawakoni in McKinney at Heard natural area.
T Cantrell Portland(Coastal Bend) Anytime English
M Rogers Richardson Anytime English
T Richmond San Angelo Weekend English, some Spanish
M Dolliver San Angelo and Christoval Anytime English
D Goodrich San Antonio Weekend English
A Grunspan San Antonio Anytime English, Spanish
San Antonio and its surrounding area has much to offer birders. Since I love birding this area, I also enjoy taking visiting birders around, so they can fall in love with it as well.
F Cervantes San Antonio Anytime English
S Ramirez San Marcos Anytime English
I have been birding San Marcos, a small gem between San Antonio and Austin, for 3 years. I hold a monthly bird walk and regularly bird all over town, so if you're looking to bird here I would be happy to join you, recommend sites, or even lead you around. More info about me:
www.birdsiview.org
C Reid Schertz Anytime English
Retired Air Force, 79 years of age, stroke victim, can walk after a fashion, love the outside.
B Macurda Spring (Winter) Anytime English
I am a geologist by trade. My wife and I have birded on 7 continents. My life list is over 2000. We live in Spring near Houston from Oct.-April. I am often absent consulting. In the summer we live in SW Colorado from May-September and my availability is much better.
J Moritz Spring Anytime English
Back yard feeder photos watching.
N Dixon The Woodlands Anytime English
R Rubin Weslaco Anytime English
I live in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas near the Mexican border. There are many birding hotspots nearby--Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Estero Llano Grande State Park, Frontera Audubon Society Thicket.
D Patrick Wichita Falls Weekend English
2.5 hrs NW of Dallas, Wichita Falls is on Hwy 287 which would take you to Colorado. Not especially great birding area, but many of the common birds here are lovely. Lots of ducks and sparrows in winter.


Professional Guides

If you contact a professional Birdingpal guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.

Initial Last Name Area Available Language
O Carmona Arlington Anytime English, Spanish
Oscar Carmona has been birding for 25 years, primarily in Texas and Mexico. He has lived in Texas all of his life and has spent countless hours studying the birds of this great state. Oscar is available to guide groups and/or individuals wishing to have a more personalized tour. I will also lead groups and individuals to Mexico as well. Please feel free to contact me for more information. My daily fees vary based on location within Texas. But usually fees run about $175/day.
H Laidlaw Houston Anytime English, Spanish, Portuguese
Howard was born and raised in Yorkshire, England, where his interest in birds and natural history developed from an early age. Before settling in Texas, he lived in Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil for a combined total of 17 years. His birding adventures have taken him from Alaska to the southern tip of South America, Europe, Africa and the South Pacific, and he has spent the equivalent of several years in the field. Howard has been guiding for a number of years and has organized and led bird tours in Texas and also to Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela.
One of his keen interests is the recording and study of bird vocalizations and he has built up an extensive collection of sound recordings.
Howard speaks both Spanish and Portuguese fluently, and his language abilities, combined with his intimate knowledge of the region, allow him to travel in Latin America with ease.
His company, Texas and Beyond, offers guided tours in Texas and to other destinations, including Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela.
Group rates are $ 200 – 250 per day. For more information about competitive rates for 1-3 personsContact him.
G Olsen Houston Anytime English
Glenn Olsen has had a passionate interest in nature, especially birds, since early childhood. He has been involved with organized birding and conservation efforts in Texas since 1988. In addition to bird identification, he has a special interest—and continues his studies—in the relationships of plants, birds, butterflies, and other insects. As a member of the Houston Audubon Society, he has served as vice president of education and is an instructor for Audubon's Birding Classes. Glenn has also taught Introductory Bird Identification Classes at Rice University in the Continuing Studies Department and at Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. Since1993, he has been actively involved with the Native Plant Society of Texas and has served as State President. Glenn has been and continues to be involved with various birding, habitat, and native plant projects with many different organizations.
Through his guide tour company he leads birding and nature tours for groups and individuals. Glenn supports the conservation of habitat and educational programs about birds through memberships in the American Birding Association, Houston Audubon Society, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Texas Ornithological Society, Houston Ornithology Group, and the Native Plant Society of Texas among others.
Daily Fees: US$250.00 for a full service tour package. If the client provides the transportation and pays expenses then it is US$175 per day.
Phone 281.345.4151
G Lavaty Houston Anytime English
My name is Greg Lavaty and I have been birding and photographing birds in Texas for the past 10 years with my main focus on birding in the Houston/Galveston area. I am familiar with all of the species in the Houston/Galveston areas as well as all of the commonly birded areas. Over the past several years I have gotten more and more involved in bird photography so my guiding is generally geared towards photographing the birds as well as finding them and observing them.
Some samples of my photographic work are here
My daily rate is $150/day for an 8 hour day for local trips in SE Texas. I will do trips state-wide and in northern Mexico. Availability is generally M-F, but I can do weekends if it is part of a longer trip.

Local Information
Name Description
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Texas
Local weather Yahoo
Audubon Society Texas Club
Texas Ornithological Society Club
Audubon Society Dallas Club
Bastrop County Audubon Society Club
Bexar Audubon Society Club
Big Country Audubon Society Club
Central Texas Audubon Society Club
Coastal Bend Audubon Society Club
El Paso Audubon Society Club
Fort Worth Audubon Society Club
Golden Triangle Audubon Society Club
Houston Audubon Society Club
Huntsville Audubon Society Club
Llano Estacado Audubon Society Club
Monte Mucho Audubon Society Club
Prairie & Timbers Audubon Society Club
Rio Brazos Audubon Society Club
Rio Grande Delta Audubon Society Club
San Angelo Birding Club Club
San Antonio Audubon Society Club
Texas Panhandle Bird Club Club
Travis Audubon Society Club
Tyler Audubon Society Club
Twin Lakes Audubon Society Club
Texas Bluebird Society Club
Birdingpal Heidi Trudell's Big Bend Birds & Nature Blog
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory Observatory
Lower Rio Grande Valley Nature Center Site
Great Texas Birding Classic Tournament
Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival Festival
Monte Vista Crane Festival Festival
Port Aransas and Mustang Island. Annual Celebration of Whooping Cranes Festival
Patty Waits Beasley's Central Texas Coast Sites
300 birding sites and rookeries in South Texas Detailed Maps
John D. Ingram's Windows on Nature Photos
Bert Frenz's Bird Checklists of Texas Checklists
NABA South Texas Butterflies
David and Jan Dauphin's Rio Grande Valley's Nature Site Butterflies
Birding Hotspots around the world Sites

Last update 03/02/2014