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Initial Last Name Area Available Language


  M Borg Austin Semi-retired, can take off of work at will. English (native), Spanish (certified fire department interpretor), Portuguese.
  I have more than a decade of birding in the Austin Area and farther afield. Willing to take guests to any area within the agreed distance, or to help look for a specific bird. Area:
Austin has varied habitat. Hill Country, Hill Country, Balcones Canyonlands Wildlife Refuge, Audubon refuge

Area Birds:
Golden Cheeked Warbler, Black Capped Vireo Roadrunner, Monk Parakeet

Nature: birdwatching, photography, butterflies, fishing, skiing, swimming, beach
Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, backpack, portage, canoe, ship, cruise
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, ski run/trail, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation,
Attend: concert, horse race, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, political rally, protest, competition, swap
Participate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, swing, wine, beer, liquor, ceremony, flash mob, round table
Play: cards, sports, board games, billiards, chess, checkers, scrambled letters games, lawn games, water sports, computer games, motor sports


  K Whittier Anytime English
  There are over 30 species noted at Rio Grande Valley specialties, ie, birds found here that do not go very far into the US.

During spring migration,we can observe many raptors migrating mornings from the Hawk Tower at Bentsen State Park.

Many songbirds are easily seen at Quinta Mazatlan. Shore birds (red bellied whistling duck, etc.)are plentiful at Edinburgh wetlands, Estero Llano and Santa Ana NWR.

Salineno is famous for the most amazing feeding station along the Rio Grande. Falcon State Park is sure to yield road runners, vermillion flycatchers, and many others.

Green parakeets fly overhead in the Palmview McAllen area daily in flocks of 20-200.I can show you 3 monk parakeet nests inhabited by about 3o birds in Hidalgo.

The Hidalgo pump House is another great birding spot. I also can take you to the Brownsville dump to look for the Tamaulipas crow and the Chihuahuan raven.

There are 3 kinds of kingfishers found in these hotspots: belted, ringed and green.
Estero Llano Grande, Salineno, Bentsen Rio Grande SP, Santa Ana NWR, Quinta Ma

Area Birds:
green jay chachalaca vermillion flycatcher great kiskadee Altamira oriole clay

Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, hiking, butterflies, fishing, sport fishing, boating, skiing, swimming, surfing, snowmobiling, sky diving
Travel: train, bus, car, hitchhiking, biking, long walk, packpack, canoe, portage, dog sled, snow mobile
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, outdoors, nature spot, beach, lake, ocean, architecture, shop, antique, swap
Attend: concert, horse race, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, political rally, protest, competition
Participate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, country, classical, hiphop, rap, swing, wine, beer, liquor, social games, computer games, casino



  J Hunt Austin, Texas Anytime English
  If you are available to travel, you might look into High Island, Texas. It is a focal point for migration. It is under the direction of the Houston Audubon Society. Going there you will be will many fellow birders and free guided walks. Houston Audubon High Island
Thanks, Joseph.

Area Birds:
In season - Golden cheeked warbler or Black capped vireo

Nature: birdwatching, Geocaching, hiking


  D Smith Amarillo Anytime English
  I'm an amateur birder with a Life List of just over 400 species. I spend 2-3 days per week birding our local state park and visit a nearby National Wildlife Refuge at least weekly. I also bird multiple local city parks on a regular basis.

If you bird with me I"ll keep track of the species seen or heard using the eBird mobile app, and I'll share the checklist with you via the app or by e-mail.
Texas Panhandle. Just 20 minutes away from Amarillo is Palo Duro Canyon State Park which is located in the 2nd largest canyon in the United States.

Buffalo Lake NWR, Medi-Park, Thompson Park

Area Birds:
Some of the species that can be expected, based on season of course, are the Greater Roadrunner, Painted Bunting, Chihuahuan Raven, Great-horned Owl, Burrowing Owl, Eastern Screech-Owl, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Mississippi Kite, and various warblers during migration. You can also expect to see several wrens. We have the Canyon, Bewick's, and Rock Wrens year round.

Nature: birdwatching, photography
Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, car, long walk,
Visit: tourist site

J Luce Amarillo Anytime English
J Sipiora Arlington Anytime English
About 20 minutes from DFW airport. Several good birding areas nearby.

C Ross Austin, TX: Texas weekends (except late March - early April 2017) English, Spanish, Japanese
I've been birding since childhood, and have taken advantage of living in California, Arizona, Florida, and Texas to amass a decent lifelist.

Birds are best when shared, so if you're coming to the Austin area and want to hit the highlights or even just enjoy a weekend morning out away from the hustle and bustle of town, let me know!
Balcones Canyonlands, Hornsby Bend

Area Birds:
Black-capped Vireo, Golden-cheeked Warbler, Ringed Kingfisher
birding, wildlife photography, anime/manga, video games, travel, environmental protection, progressive social causes

Z Hunt Austin Anytime English
S Barko Austin Anytime English
Intermediate birder with knowledge of south Austin parks and birding areas south of Austin.

S Winslow Blanco, Texas Anytime English
I volunteer at our local parks for bird walks and education. I enjoy birding and am quite familiar with our resident bird population.Since I began this hobby after retirement, I can still be stumped by birds going through our area during migration. Area:
Blanco State Park, Pedernales State Park, Guadalupe State Park, Inks Lake State

Area Birds:
Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo are endemic to the hill country
birdwatching, gardening, traveling, cooking
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.
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.

B Friedrichs Bay City, Palacios, Port Lavaca, Texas Anytime - except when I'm traveling outside of the area English
I have birded Texas and specifically the Gulf Coast off/on for 30+ years.

I am a certified Texas Master Naturalist for the Midcoast section. We will bird along country roads bordering sod farms, ag fields, fencerows, rivers/creeks and bays to find your target species.

There are several public hot spots where short walks are in order to find your target species. I'm knowledgeable of hot spots in Matagorda, Jackson and Calhoun counties and many adjacent counties as well.

I use eBird extensively and have used Birding Pal when I travel with great success. Glad to be a part of this community.
Matagorda Bay Park, Matagorda Birding Ctr, Formosa Tejano Wetland, Magic Ridge

Area Birds:
Bald Eagle, Ducks and Geese, Shorebirds, Warblers and passerines
Nature: birdwatching, photography, fishing, beach, surfing, walking, hiking, car
S Head Bay City Anytime English
K Russell Bryan Anytime English, German


  S Dillard Bryan Anytime English
  I am in central Texas but not to far from the coast (about 3 hrs max). Living in Aggieland makes this a great jump off point to many places all over the state.

I can get away on weekends for sure but some other days might be available depending on advance notice.
Pretty much anything on the upper Texas Coast and various other places around Texas.

I have been to many places in this state and have fun birding them all. High Island and the Bolivar Peninsula I am very familiar with.

Area Birds:
Depending on the season will show you anything that is in our area or other areas that I am familiar with such Painted Bunting (nests in our area) or Swainson's Warbler (nests in our area)

Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, hiking, butterflies,
fishing, boating, skiing, swimmi
Travel: train, bus, car, long walk, backpack, canoe, portage,
Visit: museum, restaurant, club, outdoors, nature spot, beach, lake, ocean
Attend: concert, live music, auction, antique, convention
Participate: dance, club, bar, rock, wine, beer, liquor, computer games

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
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

M Kolstad El Paso, Texas Mon thru Sat English, Spanish
Tom Mays Park, Keystone Park, urban parks

Area Birds:
desert birds; Monk Parakeet, Cooper's Hawk, Cactus Wren, White-crowned Sparrow
Nature: birdwatching, photography, butterflies,
Travel: stroll, walking, long walk, cruise
Visit: tourist site, museum, monument

M Kolstad El Paso, Texas Mon thru Sat Spanish
Tom Mays Park, Keystone Park, urban parks

Area Birds:
desert birds; Monk Parakeet, Cooper's Hawk, Cactus Wren, White-crowned Sparrow
Nature: birdwatching, photography, butterflies,
Travel: stroll, walking, long walk, cruise
Visit: tourist site, museum, monument,

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.
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.
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.
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.


  F & K Zagst Marble Falls Anytime English
  Husband and wife duo to share the fun of birding in the Texas Hill Country--about one hour west of Austin, Texas. Local specialty birds are the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler and the Black-capped Vireo in breeding season.

Other fabulous birds are the Crested Caracara (also known as the Mexican Bald Eagle), the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and Vermilion Flycatcher (again in the breeding season). Summers are hot so we usually try to escape the area for cooler climes. We have been casual birders for many years, planning trips around birding in new areas, but are becoming more focused on being better birders and are actively learning new species.

We would rate our skills as moderate birders, but we will make sure to help you get on the birds and want your time in our area to be fun and fulfilling. Local hot spots include one national wildlife refuge (set aside for the Golden-cheeked warbler and the Black-capped Vireo), three state parks or state natural areas, a national fish hatchery as well as many other local neighborhood ponds and spots.

Happy to help in any way we can.

We have been birding for several years but have recently retired and hope to be more focused on being better birders.
Located on the central flyway in the Texas Hill Country near Lakes LBJ, Marble Falls and Travis. About 1 hour west of Austin, Texas.

Balcones Canyonlands NWF, Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery, Inks Lake State Park

Area Birds:
Golden-cheeked Warbler (endangered), Black-capped Vireo (just reduced from Endangered to Threatened)

Interests: Nature: birdwatching, photography, butterflies.
Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, canoe.
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant

R Brittain Mathis Weekend English

G Dollgener Maypearl, Texas Anytime English
I'm a sales person believe a good conversationalist is a good listener Area:
Joe Pool park

Area Birds:
Blue birds, Canada geese,painted buntings
Bird watching

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
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.
C Reid Schertz Anytime English
Retired Air Force, 79 years of age, stroke victim, can walk after a fashion, love the outside.

B. White Spring, Texas Weekends English
Lived here >20 years. Can take visitors to Katy Prairie, Coastal migrant traps, refuges, wherever you want to visit in SE Texas. Area:

Area Birds:
Red-cockaded Woodpeckers
Nature: birdwatching
J Moritz Spring Anytime English
Back yard feeder photos watching.
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 vocalitions 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.
I also enjoy just helping visiting birders, and can email them with good birding sites, directions, places to eat and stay, migration timing, etc.


Area Birds:
Warblers, Shorebirds, Hawks, Sparrows, and 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
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, all outdoors, plants
Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, train, bus, car, long walk,
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, arboretum, architecture appreciation, shop, antique,
Attend: theatre, antique,

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
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