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Prairie and Timbers Audubon is an independent 501 (c)(3) charitable organization affiliated with National Audubon that focus on bird monitoring, environmental education, conservation and environmental advocacy. PTAS focuses on protecting the natural environment for birds and humans. PTAS was established in 1980 and incorporated in 1988. It serves Collin County, parts of Denton, Hunt County, Rockwall County and small parts of Dallas County, Fannin and Grayson County. However, anyone who enjoys birds is welcome to join.

Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society (PTAS) home is the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas. Our monthly meetings are in the Science Research Building at the Heard and we guide monthly bird walks through the varied habitats of the museum's sanctuary.

PTAS promotes the appreciation, understanding, protection and conservation of native birds and their habits through participation and educational activities. PTAS offers monthly meetings, monthly bird walks, field trips throughout the year and other activities. Additionally, PTAS sponsors and endorse community science projects such as the Great Backyard Bird Count, eBird, bird surveys and the annual McKinney Christmas Bird Count.

Join our community of bird enthusiasts and make a difference in protecting our avian friends and their habitats. PTAS does not have dues but is funded by our Supporting Members and community organizational supporters. We do not charge fees to participate in our events. Sign up for our email to learn more about our activities and local North Texas birding.

Organized in 1980, Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society serves Collin County and surrounding counties. We invite you and your family to join us for a wide range of nature-oriented activities. Monthly meetings are scheduled the 4th Tuesday, 6:45 pm, 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!

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