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What Can We Learn From Watching, Studying And Enjoying Texas Birds?

Texas is home to more than 400 species of birds, which can be spotted at some of the state's many notable birdwatching sites, along wildlife trails and maybe even in your own backyard.

Also known as birding, the popular hobby is a multimillion dollar economic engine for South Texas, where enthusiasts come from around the world to observe the native fowl.

Whether you're a casual or experienced birdwatcher, these feathered friends can tell us a lot about the world around us.

2018 is considered "The Year of the Bird" to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the passing of key legislation to protect migratory birds in the United States.   

What can birds tell us about the health of the ecosystem and how changes to the environment are affecting Texan avifauna? 

What is the state of San Antonio's bird population and how do people interact with native species?


"The Source" is a live call-in program airing Mondays through Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. This is a prerecorded edition of the show. No calls will be taken during the live hour.

Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.