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  Posted on: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary Expands

by Richard Gibbons, Conservation Director

Johnson addition
Margo Johnson wanted the grazing lands and family property to be kept as is, a safe, open place for wildlife on the Bolivar Peninsula. With a history of working with Houston Audubon and a love for birding and all things Bolivar, Margo Johnson approached Houston Audubon to ask if there was interest in adding the property to the famed Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary. Being the corner piece of the sanctuary and having wetland and prairie habitat mostly intact made this project an easy decision for the Sanctuaries Committee and Board of Directors. Funds from Houston Audubon’s Land Rescue Fund, a successful grant application to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s wetlands grant program, and help from the Galveston Bay Foundation’s Conservation Assistance Program were all part of this conservation victory.

Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary is an Important Bird Area and a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network Site of Global Importance. The acquisition of 62 acres of grassland and wetlands will permanently protect this vulnerable habitat. Long-term objectives include removing invasive vegetation species and replanting natives, removing Hurricane Ike debris, and implementing a fire regime to improve grassland habitat for priority bird species.
Johnson addition
Sanctuary Blog:
8/19/14   Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary Expands
5/28/14   New Policies and Permits at ELM Nature Sanctuary
5/20/14   Call for Galveston East Beach Nesting Bird Stewards
4/23/14   Symbolic Fence at Bolivar Flats
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