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Houston Audubon Sanctuaries

Houston Audubon meets its mission of promoting birds and conservation of their habitat primarily by owning and managing bird sanctuaries. Its land acquisition program began in 1987 with the purchase of land on the Bolivar Peninsula and has grown steadily since then by further purchases and by donations and bequests. Today it owns 17 sanctuaries in five counties totaling 3,384 acres.

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Research and Field Study

Individuals from educational, research, academic, or governmental organizations can conduct non-destructive field study and research on Houston Audubon sanctuaries with prior written permission. To receive permission, a synopsis of the project should be sent to Richard Gibbons at rgibbons@houstonaudubon.org. Proposals will be reviewed within 2-4 weeks.

At our Sanctuaries ...
Symbolic Fence at Bolivar Flats

Symbolic fencing is now up at Bolivar Flats, as well as a couple of sections at Big Reef and some flats off of Boddeker Road. The purpose of the fencing is to alert visitors of the presence of nesting birds. Many thanks to Pete Deichmann, Conservation Specialist, and Conservation Technicians Kristen Vale, Loren Gallo, and Max Weber, all of whom assisted on this project.

Pictured: Max Weber and Loren Gallo at Bolivar Flats symbolic fence. Photo by Kristen Vale.


Meet Our First Class of Conservation Technicians
by Richard Gibbons

Mark Herse and Loren Gallo

Our first class of seasonal Conservation Technicians—Loren Gallo and Mark Herse—has been busy working in the sanctuaries and readying the new field station for guides, volunteers, staff, and researchers. Loren and Mark will be with us for several months, lending their skill sets to our mission and gaining some new experience to propel them onward in their conservation careers.

Mark, who graduated from Montana State University with a BS in Biology, has experience on the Gulf coast working with radio telemetry and managing birds and habitat. His thoroughness and curiosity have distinguished him as a valued team member.

Loren, who graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (Islanders, not Aggies) with a BS in biology, is a problem solver, loves shorebirds, and approaches her work with alacrity. [More]

HAS Sanctuary System


Adopt-an-AcreAs a land trust, Houston Audubon owns, operates, and manages 17 bird sanctuaries spanning 3,400 acres in our region. Help us continue a long legacy of providing for these habitats. Help Save Our Wild Places. Adopt an Acre Today.

Sanctuary Bird Walks

Join us for a free beach ramble at Bolivar Flats, monthly on the first Saturday, and for a free bird walk at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, October through May on the first Saturday of the month. Details.


Visit the Birding section for information on birding, field trips, and links to bird sightings.

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