Jacob's Well Speaker Series Features Birding Walk in Wimberley
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A Wimberley Cardinalis cardinalis returns curious look from Wimberley birder.

Wimberley Birding Society's Tom Toporowski will be leading a bird walk/talk through the Jacobs Well Natural Area at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011. This is part of a regular monthly series, "Passport to Jacob's Well."

Tom began birding later in life in the mid 90's while he and his wife Karen lived in Kingsville. The beautiful green jays and kiskadees (flycatchers) that frequented their yard regularly piqued Tom's curiosity, and ultimately led him to becoming an avid birder.

"As a group, birders are a friendly bunch, and usually eager to share whatever knowledge they have about birds.  Several folks from the Corpus Christi Audubon Outdoor Club were most helpful in getting me started as a birder.  In addition to joining a bird club, going on Christmas bird counts was a great way for me to learn," Tom says.

"Birders come in all skill levels," he adds. Tom thinks of himself as an intermediate birder. "There are a lot of birders out there who are much better than I am.  But I sure do enjoy birding and learning more about birds all the time. The more time you spend in the field, the better you become."  As with many birders, birding has led Tom to learn a little more about local plant species, butterflies, snakes, and how the natural world is all interconnected in our fragile environment here in the Texas Hill Country.

Walkers are advised to bring a good pair of binoculars, a birding field guide, sturdy walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and water.

With spring migration occurring in April and May, about twenty species of birds can be identified in a one- or two-hour casual walk in the Jacob's Well Natural Area.

The walk will begin at Camp Jacob, 221 Wood Acre Drive in Wimberley.