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Call for Galveston East Beach Nesting Bird Stewards

by Richard Gibbons, Conservation Director

Galveston's East Beach is booming with nesting birds, including Least Terns, Wilson's Plovers, and the rare Snowy Plover. These imperiled species face many threats to their survival and the influx of people recreating on beaches on weekends and busy holidays make it even tougher for the birds that depend on this habitat to successfully breed. Houston Audubon and American Bird Conservancy need volunteer stewards at East Beach during this critical nesting time. Volunteering is as easy as grabbing a friend, setting up your beach chair, and talking to interested beach-goers about how they can help to protect these important species. You will provide views of nesting birds through binoculars or spotting scopes and share ways we can help these birds nest successfully. Stephanie Bilodeau, our Gulf Beach-nesting Bird Conservation Program technician, will coach you on what to say to people and we will provide you an informational stewardship packet prior to your shift.

Stewardship will kick off Memorial Weekend and continue through mid-July. Volunteers are needed on weekends plus Memorial Day and Fourth of July. We would like two volunteers per shift from 10 AM - 2 PM or 2 PM - 6 PM.

If you would like to make a difference in the future of these imperiled birds, please contact Stephanie Bilodeau at sbilodeau8100@gmail.com or Richard Gibbons at rgibbons@houstonaudubon.org.

Photo of Least Tern by Delaina LeBlanc.
Least Tern chick

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