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Liability Waiver: We now ask volunteers to sign a liability waiver for all Workdays which they can either sign and FAX back to us, or sign on site when they arrive.

High Island Workdays: November 14, December 12
Workdays are held once a month, October through March on the second Saturday of the month. We start work around 8:30 AM and work until about noon, when we break for lunch, provided by Houston Audubon and prepared by the lunch crew. Lunch at the picnic area of Boy Scout Woods is a good chance to visit with other volunteers and recharge from a morning of exercise and work. After lunch, we take about an hour to tie up any loose ends and clean up. Come be a part of sanctuary maintenance, habitat restoration, and Houston Audubon's amazing volunteer workforce. Email Pete Deichmann at pdeichmann@houstonaudubon.org for more information or to be put on the email list.

ELM Family Workdays: November 21, December 19
Join us at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary for a morning of gardening and sanctuary maintenance. We work 9 AM – 12 PM, once a month on the 4th Saturday from September through May. Activities include trail maintenance, filling bird feeders and baths, litter pick-up, native gardening, and invasive species removal. It's a great way to enjoy the outdoors and meet like-minded friends! Bring water, sunscreen, bug repellent & gloves/clippers if you have them. Wear closed-toe shoes & long pants. Bring sack lunch if desired. Children over 5 years are welcome with their parent\chaperone. (Minimum age without a parent\chaperone is 16 years.)
All volunteers must pre-register by the Wednesday before work day with Bethany Foshée at bfoshee@houstonaudubon.org, telephone 713-932-1639.

ELM Stream Team Workdays
We are hosting Stream Team Workdays on the 4th Saturday of the month, once per season. We focus our efforts on eradicating invasives, removing litter, surveying for macro-invertebrates, and planting natives along the banks. We are working with the city on water quality testing. These Workdays are for adults only (at least 18 yrs. old). Find out more about the ELM Stream Team
All volunteers must pre-register by the Wednesday before work day with Bethany Foshée at bfoshee@houstonaudubon.org, telephone 713-932-1639.

Tuesday Trail Crew
The Tuesday trail crew at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary meets from 9 AM until noon every Tuesday year-round. Trail crew projects include everything under the sun, including boardwalk construction and maintenance, trail trimming and privet/ligustrum removal. Please contact Bethany Foshée at bfoshee@houstonaudubon.org, telephone 713-932-1639, to sign up.

ELM Natives Nursery
Every Friday morning (except the first Friday) Houston Audubon volunteers work in the Natives Nursery at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, separating seedlings and bumping up wildflowers and grasses into 1-gallon containers. The plants are used in coastal prairie restoration projects or are offered for sale in support of the Bird-Friendly Community program. If you would like to join the Friday morning volunteers, contact Flo Hannah fhannah@houstonaudubon.org.

Grow Out Native Plants for Houston Audubon
by Flo Hannah, Conservation Specialist

The biggest roadblock to coastal prairie restoration is the lack of available native plant material specific to the Upper Texas Coast. We collect native seed all summer and fall and are asking individuals to propagate the seed at home for restoration projects.

I hope you will join in this fun, important wildlife enhancement project. Full instructions on native plant germination are available at the Coastal Prairie Partnership website. Jaime Gonzalez has prepared a Coastal Prairie Plant Growers' Handbook, available on that site, which explains everything about seed collecting and propagating. Once your plants germinate, and are hardy enough to bump-up to 4" or 1-gallon containers, you can join us at a potting-up work day, or drop off the seedlings and we will do the rest. The plants will be used in one of our many restoration projects. We encourage you to retain some of the native plant material for your own backyard, helping to create a wildlife corridor throughout the Houston-Galveston region.

If you would like to help grow out native plants, collect native seeds, or participate in Houston Audubon planting events, please contact me at fhannah@houstonaudubon.org.


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