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Houston Audubon Adopt-a-Bird

Secure Online Adoption Form

Help Houston Audubon reach 30,000 people this year through interactive conservation education programs. Your adoption sponsorship provides these animal ambassadors with food and supplies so they can continue to bring conservation education into schools, libraries, hospitals, and more. Since these birds can no longer return to the wild, they now receive the best care possible and bring the “wild” to audiences across the Houston-Galveston region thanks to you.

Houston Audubon's animal ambassadors are the hardest working critters in Texas! Inspiring tens of thousands of people eager to learn about native Texas wildlife is a very big job, but we are up for the challenge. Your generous support through the adoption program ensures high quality housing, food, veterinary care, and training for education animals for one year. All adoption levels are fully tax deductible.

Adoption Options

  • $35 -- 8x10 photo, certificate, species fact sheet, and a Houston Audubon decal
  • $50 -- 8x10 photo, certificate, species fact sheet, Houston Audubon decal, and a custom magnet of your adopted animal
  • $150 -- 8x10 photo, certificate, species fact sheet, Houston Audubon decal, custom magnet of your adopted animal, and 8x12 collage
  • $300 -- 8x10 photo, certificate, species fact sheet, Houston Audubon decal, custom magnet of your adopted animal, 8x12 photo collage, and a one-year family membership with Houston Audubon
  • $500 -- 8x10 photo, certificate, species fact sheet, Houston Audubon decal, custom magnet of your adopted animal, 8x12 photo collage, one-year family membership with Houston Audubon, plus a personal visit with your "adopted" bird or animal.


On the Road with the Education Animals ...
Adopt an Owl This October

"Adopt-an-Owl" funds go directly towards caring for our education owls that travel to hundreds of programs every year helping Houston Audubon deliver the message of bird conservation. For every adoption at the $50 level or higher during the month of October you or your gift recipient will receive a set of Bird Trading Cards that feature the Houston Audubon Education Birds. "Adoptions" are great gift ideas for the young and young at heart. We customize each certificate and send a special owl card to the recipient with your message.


Meet Skeeter

Last October, a caring individual rescued an injured Mississippi Kite in the Corpus Christi area. The kite was brought to the Texas State Aquarium’s bird rehabilitation center for evaluation and treatment. Mississippi Kites are usually well on their way to South America by October, but this kite was obviously struggling. X-rays revealed a luxated shoulder and misshapen toes on his left foot. After the kite spent several months at the center, the vets made the determination that he was not releasable.

Houston Audubon’s Education Director, Mary Anne Weber, made contact with the staff and began the paperwork to transfer the kite to Houston. After all the permitting forms were signed and sent, Mary Anne made the trip to Corpus to pick up our new education ambassador. “Skeeter” now calls Houston home and has been busy engaging audiences both young and old across the region. He is only 8 months old and still sporting his juvenile plumage. When audiences are shown a photo of a Mississippi Kite as an adult, they are quite astonished at the plumage and eye color change that Skeeter will go through.

The first Mississippi Kite recorded for science was in 1806 outside of what is now Shreveport, Louisiana. Originally believed to be a type of falcon, it was several years later that the kite was correctly identified and classified. Mississippi Kites are often called “mosquito hawks” and that prompted us to give him the name “Skeeter”. Ornithologist and painter George Miksch Sutton once observed, “The square-tipped tail tilts this way and that as the bird directs its course with caution. So frequently does the kite hang in air as if suspended, or soar as if there were nothing in the world to do but soar, that we are surprised when we see it stoop, or descend with a roar of its wings upon its prey.”

You can meet Houston Audubon’s education ambassadors at libraries throughout the Houston area this summer. Watch the website for a complete schedule of presentations and watch the skies for our returning kites!


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