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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 ...
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.


New Policies and Permits at ELM Nature Sanctuary

We have new policies in place at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary. Beginning on June 1, dog walking is allowed only for Houston Audubon members. Dogs may be registered online and must wear their leash sleeves when at the sanctuary.
We also now require pre-registration for anyone who wishes to take posed portrait photography at ELM Nature Sanctuary.Details


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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