Wildlife Photography & Birding Site Volunteer Weekend

  • 03/23/2018
  • 12:00
  • 03/25/2018
  • 16:00
  • Big Bend Ranch State Park Sauceda Headquarters


  • Compadres del Rancho Grande, the Friends of Big Bend Ranch State Park annual supporter discounted registration includes meals & Bunkhouse lodging.
  • In lieu of a registration fee, I will bring food & beverages for up to 15 people for one of the meals. (Event coordinator will follow up with you on specifics if you select this option).
  • Help construct Papalote Escondido Wildlife Watering & Viewing Feature. Registration includes Bunkhouse lodging + all meals Friday Dinner through Sunday Lunch. No code required.
  • TPWD Staff & CDRG Internal Use Only

Compadres del Rancho Grande annual supporter, all meals & lodging March 23-25, 2018
Registration is closed

Help transform Big Bend Ranch State Park's newest Wildlife Photography & Birding Site!                                 Register by March 2, 2018 ... Scroll down for important details...

TPWD Employee Juan Ornelas & CDRG Board volunteer Chris Childs weld shade structure frame upright during the January 26-28, 2018 volunteer weekend. Photo: Leslie Hopper

Workflow: The plan is to arrive Friday in time for dinner at the Bunkhouse. We will start work by 9 am Saturday & Sunday. TPWD has approved the installation of viewing blinds, natural perching features, and a solar-powered watering source that will be plumbed to drip water into a wading feature to wildlife, birds, insects, pollinators and other species. There will be time for side hikes & amusements. If you have special skills, interests, tools or questions, contact Leslie Hopper  hopper@parkfriends.org

Weather: Low in the mid 40’s, high in the 80’s. Can be colder or warmer. Might rain, might not. Could be windy. Could be calm. Be prepared!

Recommended Apparel & Required Equipment: Refillable personal hydration  device (pack, bottle, cup), hat, sunglasses. Pack prepared to avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion. A sample packing list will be provided @ 10 days in advance of the weekend to registered participants.

Recommended Tools: Recommended you bring your own gloves, small tools and equipment. 

Transportation: Ride share if possible. Big Bend Ranch State park Sauceda Headquarters access road is accessible by 2 wheel drive vehicle, however high clearance and 4-wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended. Be sure you have a spare and know how to use it. Fill your fuel tank in Presidio prior to entering the park. Carry water.

Park Maps: Big Bend Ranch State Park Info & Map

Lodging & Camping:  Nominal fee covers meals and lodging. Volunteers will stay in the Sauceda Bunkhouse or may camp in the park nearby. Bunkhouse lodging is included in registration fee. Campground sites in Big Bend Ranch State Park can be reserved through TPWD:  https://tpwd.texas.gov/business/park_reservations/

Meals & Snacks: Dinner Friday through Lunch Sunday + snacks will be provided for a nominal fee. If you have a special dietary need discuss it with Leslie. We'll try to work with you, but you might need to do your own meals. Cooking facilities will be available.  If you'd like to bring food and beverages to share, that's great!

Compadres del Rancho Grande, Friends of Big Bend Ranch State Park board president Charlie Angell & volunteer Chris Carlin pilot a posthole for the structure during the January 26-28, 2018 volunteer weekend.  Photo by Allen Irby, Pflugerville, Texas

Compadres del Rancho Grande, Friends of Big Bend Ranch State Park board volunteer Chris Childs welds a cross member during the January 26-28, 2018 volunteer weekend.  Photo by Sara Guidetti, Alpine, Texas

Volunteers take turns driving the PunJar during January 26-28, 2018 volunteer weekend.  Photo by Lora Render, San Antonio, TexasEnd of Weekend Photo: Viewing blind ready for the next chapter when roofing, shade cloth, fencing and the water feature will be installed. Photo: Leslie Hopper

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