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About Houston Audubon

Houston Audubon is a regional nonprofit conservation, education and advocacy organization that focuses on protecting the natural environment for birds and people. A significant part of our work is owning and managing nature sanctuaries to protect habitat for birds and provide people recreational opportunities in nature. We were accredited as a land trust in July 2017.

Houston Audubon is a financially independent 501(c)(3) charitable conservation organization and is a chapter of National Audubon Society. We operate in an assigned 11-county area surrounding Galveston Bay and including Houston. Our activities extend beyond Houston and its surrounding counties when necessary to accomplish a conservation purpose.

Our strategic plan states:

"The flight and song we nurture today defines the quality of life and sense of place we share tomorrow. Houston Audubon aims to inspire a culture of conservation and a way of life that allows us to thrive in harmony with nature. Our vision is the creation of a healthier, more beautiful place to live by leading and nurturing a community that values and supports birds."

On September 24, 1969, Houston Audubon was formed by a dedicated group of eighteen men and women who saw the need for environmental education for youth and environmental advocacy for wildlife habitat. Today, Houston Audubon operates basically on the same values and purposes established by its founding fathers which were:

  • promote educational, scientific, literary, historical, and charitable purposes
  • provide education and instruction in natural science through nature walks, field trips, and seminars, both to its members and through programs in the public school system; to create awareness of conservation problems and to explore solutions for said problems
  • promote conservation of wildlife and natural resources through education, maintenance and management of sanctuaries and coordinated activity with governmental conservation agencies.
FY 2021 Snapshot

At a Glance

  • Our Mission

    To advance the conservation of birds and positively impact their supporting environments.

  • Our Vision

    The creation of a healthier natural environment and more beautiful place to live by leading and nurturing a community that values and supports birds.

  • Headquarters

    Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary in West Houston.

  • Education Headquarters

    Raptor and Education Center in South Houston.

  • Sanctuaries

    Houston Audubon owns 17 sanctuaries in five counties totaling 4,121 acres, including the internationally known High Island and Bolivar Flats sanctuaries.

  • Counties

    Counties assigned to Houston Audubon: Brazoria, Chambers, Ft. Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Waller, Washington, and Wharton.

  • Snapshots from previous years.