The best places to see birds around Austin and what to look for

Right before 9 a.m. on March 6, five or six purple martins swooped acrobatically in the wind above the Austin Water Center for Environmental Research at Hornsby Bend.

It was a good sign. The first migratory birds of spring had begun to arrive in Central Texas.

To prepare for this annual feathery visit, which peaks in late April, I hit some of the area’s top birding spots on multiple mornings not long after the winter storms.

Given the travel deficits imposed by the pandemic, this 12-day tour — actually 15, but one was spent hopelessly lost and another two were

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Hello, puppers! | Austin FC announces Austin Pets Alive! dogs as club’s honorary mascots

A dog available for adoption will be Austin FC’s honorary mascot at every home match throughout the 2021 season.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor’s note: The video published above is a copy of highlights from Austin FC’s La Copita preseason matchup against Houston Dynamo, courtesy of Austin FC.

Austinites, say hello to your honorary, adorable Austin FC mascots: local dogs available for adoption. 

Austin FC announced its mascot partnership with Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) Tuesday, where dogs eligible for adoption will be showcased as the club’s mascot during home games of the 2021 season. 

“Austin FC’s partnership with APA! is unique

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Austin Pets Alive! saved 1,040 pets from euthanasia since historic winter storms

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Twenty-seven cats arrived at an exclusive hangar at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport courtesy of a personal driver. They were then carefully seated on a private plane with water and food free of charge.

It’s quite the reversal of fortunes for these two dozen felines.

Cats rescued by Austin Pets Alive arrive at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. (Tom Miller/KXAN)

They’re among the 1,040 dogs and cats Austin Pets Alive! rescued from all over Texas since the historic winter storms.

“There was a surge of intake, animals coming in, not enough kennels, so Charlie was one of those cats at risk

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