The new covered picnic shelter at Boy Scout Woods was finished just in time for spring migration in 2007. This has already become a favorite spot to watch the bird activity around Bessie's Pond. Funds for the picnic shelter were donated by Larry Wright in memory of his wife Shirley, who enjoyed birding in Boy Scout Woods.
Boy Scout Woods consists of 60 acres of woods,
coastal prairie and wetlands. 15.7 acres were
purchased by HAS with the help of members
and friends, 44 acres were donated by Amoco
Production Company, and 0.3 acres were
donated by Ted Eubanks.
In 1982 Houston Audubon purchased the first 4 acres
of oak/hackberry woods from Louis B. Smith,
who had purchased the woods from Amoco
Production Company and had added many
kinds of fruit and nut trees. The sanctuary
property was officially named the Louis B. Smith
Bird Sanctuary in 1982. An additional 11 acres surrounding the 4-acre tract was donated to Houston Audubon by Amoco Production Company in 1994. Smaller tracts were acquired by purchase (Buceme Tract, 1.21 acres, 1993; Charpiot Tract, 0.46 acres, 1994) and donation (Eubanks Tract, 0.35 acres, 1993; Amoco Tract, 44.77 acres, 1994).
The property was known as Boy Scout Woods
before Houston Audubon purchased it because of the scout
camp that existed on the property, and the
sanctuary is still known by that name.
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