Start the New Year off right by visiting Blanco State Park for a nature hike and a fascinating look at birds of prey.
Begin with a one-mile hike along the Caswell Nature Trail, taking time to discuss plants and animals along the way. This is a part of Texas Parks and Wildlife's statewide effort to show that life's better outside! The hike begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Caswell trailhead parking lot.
Then, bring a picnic lunch or visit one of Blanco's local restaurants before getting ready for the main attraction, the Birds of Prey Program, which begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Group Picnic Pavilion.
The program will be led by Doris Mager, also known as the Eagle Lady. Ms. Mager is a national advocate of conservation and the preservation of American raptors. She has rehabilitated hawks, owls and eagles (including more than 80 Bald Eagles). In 1983, Doris founded Save Our American Raptors (S.O.A.R.), a non-profit organization that focuses on the education of children and adults nationwide about the fate of America's birds of prey. She and her birds crisscross the country in her van, presenting programs in schools, wildlife centers, state parks, libraries and senior centers.
Doris will be accompanied by E.T., a 30 year-old Great Horned Owl, EV Yaah, an American Kestrel, and Tex, a small Screech Owl. This is an opportunity for young and old alike to get up close and personal with some wild creatures.
What a wonderful way to start the new year. Come take a hike, and then visit with Doris and her fascinating birds of prey.
Both events are free with paid park entry. Entrance permits are valid until 10:00 p.m. $4 per person, children 12 and under are free.