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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 ...
High Island Workdays
February 13, March 12

Workdays are held once a month, October through March on the second Saturday of the month. We start work around 8:30 AM and work until about noon, when we break for lunch, provided by Houston Audubon and prepared by the lunch crew. Lunch at the picnic area of Boy Scout Woods is a good chance to visit with other volunteers and recharge from a morning of exercise and work. [More]

Bolivar Beach Cleanup: February 27

We are planning a volunteer workday at Bolivar Flats on Saturday, February 27. We will be focusing on picking up litter and debris from the beach and dune areas as well as along the sides of Rettilon Road. We will meet at the far west end of the beach at the vehicle barrier at 9 AM and work until around 1 PM. [More]

North Jetty Cleanup: March 23

The trash situation at the North Jetty on the Bolivar Peninsula is getting better thanks to previous cleanups but there is still a lot to pick up. Houston Audubon is planning a cleanup Wednesday, March 23 from 9 AM to Noon to gather the trash and the fishing line that is often a hazard to our local wildlife and we could sure use your help. We will provide gloves, trash grabbers, and bags along with drinking water. [More]

ELM Family Workdays
January 23, February 27, March 26, April 23

Join us at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary for a morning of gardening and sanctuary maintenance. We work 9 AM – 12 PM, once a month on the 4th Saturday from September through May. [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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