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Welcome to
Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society
McKinney, TX

PTAS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and chapter of the National Audubon Society.

Organized in 1980, Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society serves Collin County and surrounding counties. We invite you and your family to join our all volunteer range of nature-oriented activities. Monthly meetings are scheduled the 4th Tuesday, 6:30pm, September through November and January through May. They are free and open to the public. Programs are related to wildlife, ecology, conservation and of course, BIRDS!

Saturday, Dec. 26, McKinney Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Monthly Meeting - 6:30 pm
Tuesday, Jan. 26, Waterfowl at Hagerman NWR
The PTAS meeting place is in the Science Resource Center at the Heard Museum, McKinney, TX.
After passing through the gate continue straight passed the museum building to the end of the road.  The large building is the SRC.

PTAS Field Trips
 Dec. 12, 2nd Saturday at the Heard Museum, 7:30/8:00 am

 Sunday, Dec. 13, Lake Lavon, 7:30 am

Our most recent field trip report
2nd Saturday at the Heard Museum, May 9

To view past field trip reports click trips_history/

Field trips are mostly Saturday or Sunday day trips. Occasional extended trips offer special opportunities to visit outstanding birding areas with a group. All trips have an experienced leader eager to help beginners see and enjoy new birds. Navigate to our Field Trips page to find out more about when, where, and other general information.

PTAS Birding Classes

Ruby Throated HummingbirdsWith the help of our own expert birders, you can learn to identify local birds by attending our monthly birding class. Classes are from 6:50 to 7:15 PM at the Heard Museum, just prior to our monthly meeting and program. There is an informal discussion during social hour. No need to register. Just come! See more about our Birding Classes....


PTAS Chapter Meetings

Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, September through November, and January through May at the Heard Natural Science Museum in McKinney.  All of our meetings are free and open to the public.  For more details, see our Programs page.

To contact PTAS officers or chairpersons by e-mail click here PTAS.  Include the name of the person you want the message to be forwarded to, see Board Members page.

The Prairie and Timbers Audubon chapter is pleased to be a beneficiary in the Reliant EcoShareSM Program, a way that Texans can support the Audubon Chapters throughout Texas and offset their own carbon production at the same time.
Reliant and EarthShare of Texas have launched a program that allows Reliant customers to help reduce their carbon footprints through the purchase of carbon offsets. For each customer-purchased offset, Reliant will make a contribution to EarthShare of Texas and its participating organizations, including Prairie and Timbers Audubon chapter through the Audubon Foundation of Texas!

For more information, visit the Reliant EcoShareSM webpage.

EarthShare of Texas supports Audubon Foundation of Texas which in turn supports PTAS.

Audubon Foundation of Texas and other leading environmental organizations participate in payroll contribution plans all across Texas under the umbrella of EarthShare of Texas. Find out how you can support Audubon Foundation of Texas which in turn supports PTAS click on the logo below or call 1-800-GREENTX (1-800-473-3689) or email


Rustlin's Newsletter

Rustlin's NewsletterDownload the
2015-16 PTAS Newsletter for chapter updates, activities, field trips, and other interesting information...

Click here to download newsletter back issues.

Select PTAS for Amazon Smile, Tom Thumb and Kroger Community Rewards
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Recent Local Area Bird Sightings
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2nd Saturday Birding at the Heard
click HERE for details.
Audubon Magazine online click HERE
Bird Banding
at the Heard
 (updated 6/9/10)          

Additional Resources
Young Birders Network

Audubon Dallas
Ft Worth_Audubon
Tyler Audubon
Audubon Texas
Audubon Chapter Index
National Audubon
NAS Bird Guide
Trinity River Audubon Center
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Heard Museum
Spring Ck Forest
Dallas Sierra Club
TX Parks & Wildlife
Texas Birding Hotspots
All About Birds
eBird Texas
Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
NPSOT Collin County Ch
TMN Blackland Prairie Ch

Where are the PTAS Birding Classes?

Click to view the Map for directions to the Heard Museum.

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