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Mission Statement:

The Mitchell Lake Audubon Center is dedicated to instilling a shared appreciation and sense of stewardship for the natural world through hands-on nature education, citizen science, and conservation of the Mitchell Lake Wildlife Refuge




Designated as a Wildlife Refuge in 1973 by the City of San Antonio, the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center is located on 1,200 acres of diverse habitats that make this a haven for birds and other wildlife.

The Refuge’s centerpiece is the 600-acre Mitchell Lake itself and the adjacent wetlands. Our native plant garden is a showcase for wildlife-friendly and drought-resistant plants and the site is renowned among birders as one of the top birding spots in the region – over 300 species have been recorded.

Audubon has partnered with the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) to showcase this wonderful natural area and welcomes not only the nature enthusiast but also schoolchildren and families to this natural place. The Mitchell Lake Audubon Center provides hands-on, outdoor science education for over 5,000 local school children annually along with a full calendar of nature-focused programs for families and adults.

Just south of downtown San Antonio and located on the northern edge of the South Texas plains eco-region, it is not uncommon to see a wide variety of resident and migrating bird species including American White Pelicans, Northern Pintails, American Avocets, and Green Herons. In the summertime, Painted Buntings and Orchard Orioles can be heard and seen off the porch of the beautifully restored 1910 home that is now the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center. The Center is nestled among a colorful garden of xeriscape plants that invites an assortment of birds, butterflies, and lizards.


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