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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 ...
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


Call for Galveston East Beach Nesting Bird Stewards
by Richard Gibbons

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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