A bird and nature festival in San Antonio? Sounds like a great idea to me, and it's just a few weeks away -- WildFest San Antonio. From the Express-News:
The first-ever WildFest San Antonio is scheduled for May 4 to 6, and despite the name, it has nothing to do with mass quantities of beer and gorditas.
The region is blessed with an abundance of plant and animal life and geological wonders, and the three-day event is all about getting outdoors to explore them, said Dwight Henderson, chairman of the festival planning committee.
"We wish for people to discover the wild side of San Antonio," Henderson said at a news conference Monday at the San Antonio Botanical Garden.
WildFest planners have organized 74 events, including 57 field trips to parks, preserves and natural areas where festivalgoers can see the flora and fauna of desert scrub, caves, grasslands, canyons, wetlands and spring-fed rivers.
The festival already has a working web site, where the very full schedule of activities at nearly two dozen locations all over the area is posted. It's quite an impressive array, with programs including "Birding Along the Medina River," "Butterflies and Dragonflies at Mitchell Lake," "Landscaping for Our Arid Climate," "Explore a Cave," "Stars over Texas," "Butterflies for Kids," "Friendly Bugs in Your Backard," "Biking the Mission Trail," "Reptiles in the Hill Country," "South Texas Turtles," "Nature and Wildlife Photography," and much more.
It looks like a fabulous opportunity to learn about the natural world all around us. I hope it becomes a San Antonio tradition.