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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 ...
Citizen Science Workshop: November 21

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With 17 sanctuaries, monthly urban bird counts, and monitoring projects at the local, regional, and global scale, Houston Audubon staff and volunteers are major contributors to the environmental data used by land managers, policy makers, and scientists. Want to join our team of citizen scientists? We'll host the first annual Citizen Science Workshop this fall. We'll present project updates and ways to get involved. Tentative topics include an overview of our monitoring program, eBird, iNaturalist, the Stream Team, and YardMap. We'll also get outside for some hands-on experience using these tools. [More]

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. [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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