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Spring is a great time to track the activities of birds along the migratory path in the Highland Lakes. Activities for birdwatchers include:

• 13th annual Balcones Songbird and Nature Festival, April 26-29, Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Nestled on 23,000 acres on the Edwards Plateau, the refuge straddles Burnet, Travis and Williamson counties. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo, both endangered songbirds that nest exclusively six months out of the year in the refuge. For a listing of daily activities during the festival and through the spring and fall, go to The park has access areas on RR 1431 midway between Marble Falls and Lago Vista and also on FM 1174 between Smithwick and Bertram.

• Marble Falls Public Library programs — Take a Bird Walk the first Thursday of the month at 8:30 a.m. beginning at the library, 101 S. Main St., and ending at Johnson Park, 230 Ave. J South in Marble Falls. Also, a program on birds, wildflowers and related topics happens at 9:30 a.m. the first Thursday of the month at the library.

• Breakfast with the Birds boat tours — The fee-based tour takes place in the spring, summer and fall every week at Inks Lake State Park, 3630 Park Road 4 West in Burnet County. For more, call (512) 793-2223.