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LinC-Bonner Scholars from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas came to Houston for their annual service trip. Last year they travelled to New Orleans to build houses. This year they selected our city, volunteering at the Food Bank, a homeless shelter and spent two days (January 10 and 11, 2020) supporting Houston Audubon. The LinC-Bonner Scholars program enhances academic learning while improving the community.

A volunteer on the owl prowl on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary wrote a description of what happens on an owl prowl. He also provided a photo gallery of the two parts: the indoor educational lecture with live demonstration, and the outdoor walk looking for owls.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Canvasback. It was posted by Steven Garcia on January 13, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Coastal Sanctuaries Manager Pete Deichmann explains what is happening behind the scenes at High Island. This was presented at the Speaker Event on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

View the event video on YouTube.

It’s out with the old and in with the new, and we’re ready to say hello to bright beginnings in 2020.

About 100 people attended the inaugural Bird Friendly New Year's social at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary on Saturday, January 4, 2020. The spring-like weather brought a lot of first-time visitors to the sanctuary.

View the photo gallery of the event.

Mural painting underway at the Hulsey Coastal Operations Center (COOP) in High Island. Special thanks to Doug Hiser for this beautiful work of art, and thanks to his Houston Gateway Academy students for their help painting! We can’t wait for y’all to come see it this spring.

As our 50th anniversary winds down, we want to highlight the faces of Houston Audubon that are so vital to our organization. Meet the Development and Administration teams that work out of our Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary Headquarters!

As our 50th anniversary winds down, we want to highlight the faces of Houston Audubon that are so vital to our organization. Meet the Conservation Team that works out of our Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary Headquarters!

The Conservation Team is responsible for maintaining nearly 3,500 acres of sanctuaries for wildlife and people, monitoring the Houston Gulf area birdlife at strategic locations, and working with partners to find lasting conservation solutions for a sustainable and vibrant region.

Pictured: Lauren Miheli, Anna Vallery, Richard Gibbons

As our 50th anniversary winds down, we want to highlight the faces of Houston Audubon that are so vital to our organization. Meet some of our High Island volunteers! Volunteers are the heart and soul of Houston Audubon. They take the conservation message to our communities through action. The High Island Spring Migration volunteers are the epitome of dedication and generosity of spirit. These volunteers love birds and the places they need and it shows in all they do.

Pictured: Winnie Burkett, Julia Garrett, Barbara Tilton.

Here is a link to the January 2020 edition of our monthly E-News in case you missed it. You can subscribe by filling in the form at the bottom of any page on our website.

A mentorship program has more in store than just for the mentee. If you’re not sure whether mentoring is right for you, take a look at these eight ways becoming a mentor can benefit you.

As our 50th anniversary winds down, we want to highlight the faces of Houston Audubon that are so vital to our organization. Meet the Education Team! With the help of our raptor ambassadors, they lead hundreds of programs each year, educating all ages from children to seniors about the importance of birds and conservation. They teach at schools, churches, retirement facilities, and all over the country via webcam! They also run programs at the Houston Audubon Raptor and Education Center and the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, and take great care of our 11 raptor ambassadors, who are also an integral part of our team. Thank you!

Pictured: Jeanette Lambert, Mary Anne Weber, Dawn Monachino.

Every serious birder knows that if you're looking for something special, it's a good idea to find a mixed flock. Even on days when it seems like nothing is moving, a single mixed flock can be a game changer. I experienced this firsthand a few days ago when I made my way to Bear Creek Pioneers Park to do some casual weekend birding.

It was a real joy to be a member of the YPAC this year, and I look forward to continuing my involvement in 2020. Be on the lookout—you never know what surprises the next mixed flock will bring!

Hawks, falcons, owls and more await you at Houston Audubon's Raptor Photo Shoot. You will have the opportunity to photograph our education raptors in an intimate setting at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary or the Raptor and Education Center. Whether you use a simple point and shoot or serious photography equipment, you will enjoy meeting and learning about these awesome birds. 

Raptor Shoots are typically from 8AM - 10AM but times will be confirmed by email for each session depending on sunrise. Light refreshments will be served on the deck for all to enjoy during the shoot. Space is limited to 15 participants. The fee is $40.

As our 50th anniversary winds down, we want to highlight the faces of Houston Audubon that are so vital to our organization. Meet some of our Young Professionals Advisory Council members. This dedicated and passionate group of people bring a fresh perspective to Houston Audubon and have made a BIG impact in just one year. From the Bird of Houston contest to executing Houston's first Bird Week, complete with a dedicated bird beer (among other education and outreach efforts), they have really outdone themselves. Thank you to our YPAC!

While the gifts in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” may be a little strange by today’s standards, you can still celebrate by giving gifts in your community. Check out this unique spin on 12 ways you can show you care this holiday season.

As our 50th anniversary winds down, we want to highlight the faces of Houston Audubon that are so vital to our organization. Meet the Coastal Conservation Team that works from the High Island Field Station. They are responsible for restoring wildlife habitat, maintaining 2,500 acres of coastal land, maintaining all of our trails and coastal infrastructure, and performing all the bird and habitat monitoring that informs our management decisions. Thank you!

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Golden-crowned Kinglet. It was posted by Will McDaniel on December 20, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Making a new, healthy habit that sticks can be pretty difficult. If you want to begin a habit that you can actually stick with, check out these useful tips.

As our 50th anniversary winds down, we want to highlight the faces of Houston Audubon that are so vital to our organization. Meet some of the Natives Nursery volunteers. These volunteers bring their plant expertise and passion to the nursery every Friday, doing everything from collecting the native seed to growing the plants and prepping them for orders. They put in countless hours making our city a friendlier place for birds and other wildlife and educating people on the importance of going native! Thank you Natives Nursery volunteers!

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Virginia Rail. It was posted by Steven Garcia on December 13, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

As our 50th anniversary winds down, we want to highlight the faces of Houston Audubon that are so vital to our organization. Meet some of the Tuesday Trail Crew at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary. These hard-working volunteers help us keep the sanctuary beautiful, clear of invasives, and in good shape for the public to enjoy. They put in countless hours of hands-on work every week, and it shows. Thank you!

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Fox Sparrow. It was posted by Will McDaniel on December 6, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Piping Plover. It was posted by Steven Garcia on November 29, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Here is a link to the December 2019 edition of our monthly E-News in case you missed it. You can subscribe by filling in the form at the bottom of any page on our website.

We've been busy at High Island this year. Houston Audubon is developing the Hulsey Coastal Operations Center (or The Coop) to build capacity for visitor services and sanctuary maintenance by providing a place for staff and our many fantastic volunteers. The Coop will include a staff bunkhouse, RV facilities for volunteers, a workshop and a community space. Construction on The Coop is well underway.

Thanks to everyone who came out for this beautiful morning on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at Fiorenza! The Wood Stork was a special surprise. Pipits and Yellow-rumped Warblers have arrived for the winter. Shovelers, teal and pelicans were prominent.

The next survey is being moved to December 24th at 7:30 AM. Hope to see everyone on Christmas Eve. The link to my photos includes a visit to Bear Creek Park after the survey where I found lots of Black Vultures having a meeting of sorts.

Fiorenza and Bear Creek photo gallery.

Thanks to everyone who joined us on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, for the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve Bird Survey. The fall colors were spectacular and it was a beautiful morning to count birds. Migrants are starting to show up and the lake should begin to attract wintering waterfowl in the coming months. Our next survey is 8 AM on December 17th.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Winter Wren. It was posted by Will McDaniel on November 22, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

18 hardworking volunteers picked up 83 bags of trash today at the North Jetty. Thanks for all the help!

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Hooded Merganser. It was posted by Steven Garcia on November 15, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

When our education team isn't busy delivering excellent programs in Houston, they teach digitally all over the country from the Bayou Barn at Houston Audubon Raptor and Education Center.

On Thursday, November 14, 2019, they broadcasted three hour-long presentations to Mill Run Elementary in Northern Virginia, where the 5th graders are learning about owls. Our ambassador owls were a big hit! Pictured here are Mary Anne Weber, Education Director, and Simon, Great-horned Owl.

Live video from the Speaker Event entitled "Light Right to Bring Back the Night" presented by Deborah Moran.

Read more information about the Speaker Event.

Conservation Director Richard Gibbons is interviewed on Houston Matters. He discusses his fondness for grackles, the recent Bird of Houston competition, and the recent report about significant bird declines. The audio interview is 11.5 minutes long.

Houston Audubon's CBC page inspired Tulsa Audubon to make a similar version for Oklahoma CBC's. A lot of people in North Texas are closer to some CBC's in Oklahoma than to a lot of Texas CBC's. Their listings give Texas birders the info they need to jump the border and meet some new friends.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Savannah Sparrow. It was posted by Will McDaniel on November 8, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Did you know that the bird feeders by Edith’s cabin are donated and maintained by the team over at Wild Birds Unlimited? Thanks to their generosity they are cleaned and filled regularly and we just sit back and enjoy the feathered and furry friends who flock to them.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Inca Dove. It was posted by Steven Garcia on November 1, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Here is a link to the November 2019 edition of our monthly E-News in case you missed it. You can subscribe by filling in the form at the bottom of any page on our website.

These establishments serve PALEican, the new custom brew developed for Houston Audubon's inaugural Bird Week 2019.

The Houston Audubon Senior Bus Trip on Thursday, October 24. 2019, took the hearty group east to Smith Point Hawk Watch, Anahuac NWR and Turtle Bayou Nature Preserve. We departed Houston early and headed to our first stop at Buc ee’s after quite a bit of traffic issues. From there we headed towards the hawk watch.

Photo gallery.

Tropical Parula (Setophaga pitiayumi) (1)
- Reported Oct 29, 2019 07:37 by Stuart NelsonMagnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) (1)
- Reported Oct 29, 2019 07:37 by Stuart Nelson
- Edith L. Moore Nature San
- Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary (UTC 094), Harris, Texas
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=29.7717945,-95.5695572&ll=29.7717945,-95.5695572
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S61018475
- Comments: "Continuing from yesterday, first seen by Dominic Le Croissette and later refound by Richard Gibbons and Anna Vallery. Thought I had a glimpse yesterday evening, but inconclusive. Found this morning at 8:25 in a tree on the east end of the nursery - same spot as last night. A mixed flock came through with chickadees, titmouse, kinglets, downy wp, etc. Unobstructed views of a parula with bright yellow below and white undertail. Obvious wing bars and no eye arcs."

Houston Audubon Raises over $355,000 at 50th Golden Anniversary Gala!

Houston Audubon celebrated 50 years of bird conservation at their Golden Anniversary Gala held at the beautiful Astorian on October 17, 2019.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Northern Rough-winged Swallow. It was posted by Will McDaniel on October 25, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

The Houston Audubon Members Field Trip for the month of October was birding at Brazos Bend State Park on Saturday, October 19, 2019. You can never have a bad day at Brazos Bend but the last few attempts to visit with a group had led to cancellations due to flooding. Happily, the October field trip was not at risk for any sudden changes in location.

Photo gallery.

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The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Hairy Woodpecker. It was posted by Jamie Waltenburg on October 18, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the October 15, 2019 Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve Bird Survey. Not much diversity but the Red-shouldered Hawk gripping a pigeon for breakfast and a large flock of munias were fun to watch. A recently birthed copperhead had us stopped on the trail for some photos.

Photo gallery.

Since the weather is cooling down, you can add a little sunshine and warmth to a stranger with these simple ideas.


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