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You’ve come to the right place if you want to be in the know about what’s going on in our organization. Be sure to check back regularly to get our latest news updates.

The good you put out into the world will not only benefit the organization you’re volunteering with, but also will leave your family feeling good about the positive work you’ve accomplished together.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Eastern Towhee. It was posted by Sarah Lefoley, Conservation Technician, on January 16, 2021. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Houston Audubon finalized the purchase of two key land transactions at the end of 2020, placing an additional 643 coastal acres under permanent conservation protection.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Greater White-fronted Goose. It was posted by Phoebe Honscheid, Conservation Technician, on January 9, 2021. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Houston Audubon is excited to announce a new environmental partnership with Entergy Texas. Houston Audubon was awarded an environmental grant from Entergy Texas to build the new Entergy Coastal Natives Nursery at the Hulsey Coastal Operations Center in High Island.

While there may only be a few days left, there’s still time to put forth your best effort in 2020. Close out the year with one of these five acts to end on a high note.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Northern Gannet. It was posted by Sarah Lefoley, Conservation Technician, on December 26, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Throughout the years, Houston Audubon has been the recipient of a variety of in-kind donations including everything from nature books and Audubon prints to acres of land to be permanently protected. One of the most unique and thoughtful gifts ever received is from one of our most ardent donors who has donated nine (9) cemetery plots at Memorial Oaks Cemetery located at 13001 Katy Freeway in Houston, Texas 77079. Houston Audubon is selling these plots with 100% of the sale supporting Houston Audubon’s mission to advance the conservation of birds and positively impact their supporting environments.

The Lone Star Coastal Alliance – representing a decade old coalition of local citizens, businesses, governments and non-governmental organizations - welcomes you to visit the Lone Star Coastal region. Experience our expansive and unique mosaic of natural, cultural and historic sites and recreational opportunities along the upper and middle Texas Gulf Coast from the Matagorda Peninsula to the Sabine Pass, all within just an hour or two drive from Houston and the gateway city of Galveston.

If you're doing your holiday shopping on Amazon.com, you can give back to bird conservation by using Amazon Smile  to check out! Every little bit counts.

Giving back and spreading the love this holiday season is sure to make your friends, family and loved ones smile.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Common Redpoll. It was posted by Sarah Lefoley, Conservation Technician, on December 12, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Whether donating money or time, giving back has been shown to make a positive impact that goes far beyond the initial act of giving.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Pine Siskin. It was posted by Aidan Healey, Conservation Technician, on December 5, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Houston Audubon fully supports devising solutions to help mitigate the impacts of storm surge and flooding, but the gate and levee system being proposed by the Corps of Engineers under the Coastal Texas Study raises more concerns than it addresses. Proposed solutions of this magnitude, impact, and expense require exceptional consideration of the long-term effects on our shared natural heritage, values, and nature-based economy.

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The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Hermit Thrush. It was posted by Phoebe Honscheid, Conservation Technician, on November 21, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Houston Audubon recently responded to the US Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study. In the letter, we express concerns about the long-term ecological effects the project will have on the ecosystem and habitat, which is critical to thousands of resident, nesting, and migrating birds.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Chipping Sparrow. It was posted by Sarah Lefoley, Conservation Technician, on November 7, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Northern Pintail. It was posted by Aidan Healey, Conservation Technician, on October 31, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Thanks everyone for participating in the October Senior Bus Trip! It was a fun day even if the birds were a bit slow and hard to find at times. The Vermillion Flycatcher certainly gave everyone a show at Anahuac and the flyover of the American Kestrels on the hawk watch tower was a treat. Below is the photo album I made and the bird list. I hope to see you on a future bus trip. Each trip is a different experience to a new location and we always make great memories.

Photo gallery.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Swainson's Hawk. It was posted by Phoebe Honscheid, Conservation Technician, on October 16, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Red-breasted Nuthatch. It was posted by Sarah Lefoley, Conservation Technician, on October 10, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

More than anything, Dorthyle loved nature, a lifelong passion that began when her father took her on treks through the Piney Woods of East Texas as a small child. She had a keen interest in bird watching and a vast knowledge of plants and animals of Texas. That knowledge led to a part-time job at Chickadee Nature Store and to volunteering as an Audubon docent at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, a role she treasured for more than 20 years, which allowed her to share her love of wildlife with visiting children. Houston Audubon is named in the obituary as one of the organizations for memorial contributions.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Rufous Hummingbird. It was posted by Aidan Healey, Conservation Technician, on October 3, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Thanks to everyone who came out to support our Bird Week Field Trip to Smith Point on Saturday, September 26, 2020. It was a beautiful morning. Below is the checklist. Not everyone saw all of these birds but all of you saw most of them. It is always worth a trip back to Smith Point to keep searching for new species. Thanks for surviving and tolerating the mosquito infested wet walk to the woods. From the report, it looks like the afternoon was filled with Broad-winged Hawks but we also got to witness the kites and the frigatebirds.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Eurasian Collared-Dove. It was posted by Phoebe Honscheid, Conservation Technician, on September 26, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

PALEican is a pale ale created by Bakfish Brewing Co. in 2019 for our inaugural Houston Bird Week. Bakfish is generously donating a portion of proceeds to Houston Audubon. In addition to purchasing PALEican at Bakfish in Pearland, you can find it, either in cans or on draft, at the following locations:

The Members Field Trip on Saturday, September 19, 2020, went to Smith Point. It certainly was a spectacular day to be there. The kettles of kites and Broad-winged Hawks were amazing! See the photo album where Trey Morris and Mary Anne Weber took some great shots! I hope you can join us for more adventures in the future.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Stilt Sandpiper. It was posted by Phoebe Honscheid, Conservation Technician, on September 18, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

The Houston Audubon Senior Bus Trips are back up and running! Our first trip took our group to Navasota.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Wilson’s Warbler. It was posted by Phoebe Honscheid, Conservation Technician, on September 11, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Pomarine Jaeger. It was posted by Aidan Healey, Conservation Technician, on September 4, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Here is a link to the September 2020 edition of our monthly E-News, which is now named The Owl Post. You can subscribe by filling in the form at the bottom of any page on our website.

Fall migration is in full swing, and the day after Hurricane Laura, I watched my first fall visitor—a solitary Ruby-throated Hummingbird—fluttering around the bottlebrush and Turk's cap in my backyard.  Suddenly, I became captivated by the beauty, strength, and resilience of this tiny, amazing bird and its determination to survive and thrive.  This hummingbird and millions of other migrating birds making heroic journeys every fall and spring are beacons of resilience, a quality so many call upon in times of need. 

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Snowy Plover. It was posted by Aidan Healey, Conservation Technician, on August 21, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the White-faced Ibis. It was posted by Aidan Healey, Conservation Technician, on August 14, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Acadian Flycatcher. It was posted by Aidan Healey, Conservation Technician, on August 7, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the House Sparrow. It was posted by Aidan Healey, Conservation Technician, on July 31, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

When it comes to living an altruistic life that can help make a difference for others, one of the most valuable things you can give your community is the gift of volunteering.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Brown-headed Nuthatch. It was posted by Aidan Healey, Conservation Technician, on July 10, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

When mindful meditation becomes part of your daily routine, you’ll notice its benefits become a regular part of your life.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the White-winged Dove. It was posted by Aidan Healey, Conservation Technician, on July 3, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Fulvous Whistling-Duck. It was posted by Aidan Healey, Conservation Technician, on June 26, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

In March, I noticed a pair of Eastern Bluebirds investigating an old Downy Woodpecker cavity in a loblolly pine about 30 feet from our house. I was surprised that both the male and the female could enter the small hole with ease. I thought that perhaps the cavity might be too small for them to successfully nest. We humans often remove dead or dying trees and limbs that are nesting habitat for many species of woodpeckers. When we do so, we're also depriving nesting sites for bluebirds, chickadees, screech-owls, wood ducks and many others who appropriate abandoned woodpecker holes for their nests.

This past spring our family of Education Ambassadors grew. The birds assisting us in our educational programming are typically birds that are found injured in the wild. They have all gone through rehabilitation but are unable to be released for a variety of reasons.

After about two months of being closed to the public due to COVID concerns, the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary (home of Houston Audubon's headquarters) has been open since May. In an effort to better gauge visitation levels and encourage social distancing, we've limited our hours to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In June and July, in order to accommodate programs, the sanctuary has a delayed opening at 12:30 p.m. The only entrance is at the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church parking lot. The restroom and water fountain are closed, so visitors should plan accordingly.

Each year we summarize a familiar spring migration, giving our best estimate of how many people made it to Houston Audubon's sanctuaries to discover and enjoy the miraculous migrations that wash over our region with waves of color and song.  

During the "stay home, stay safe" way of life, our neighborhood become the walking capital of Harris County.  We, along with many of our neighbors, were out walking 2 or 3 times a day.  I bet many of you had the same experience.  All this walking gave us time to really stop and smell the roses, or, in our case, look up and study the birds.  While doing so, we were delighted to make discoveries that during normal times we might have missed.  

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Red-headed Woodpecker. It was posted by Aidan Healey, Conservation Technician, on June 19, 2020. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

The Board of Directors election was held online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic which restricted public meeting. The election ran from May 7-14, 2020. The slate of candidates to Houston Audubon's Board of Directors was elected as proposed. Starting July 1, 2020, Greg Whittaker is the new President-Elect and Galveston Group Representative. Janeen Judah will be Secretary. Re-elected to the Board as Directors are Brad Moore and Loy Sneary. New Directors elected to the Board are Bill Mathews, Glenn Olsen, Letha Slagle and Pam Smolen.

We thank all our Board members for their invaluable service to Houston Audubon.


Archived Articles

Each page in the Newsroom contains up to 50 articles. Older articles are archived in the pages below.

  • From December 15, 2019 thru April 5, 2020.

  • From August 29, 2019 thru December 13, 2019.

  • From March 28, 2019 thru August 26, 2019.

  • From December 10, 2018 thru March 24, 2019.

  • From August 31, 2018 thru December 9, 2018.

  • From April 30, 2018 thru August 28, 2018.

  • From January 9, 2018 thru April 28, 2018.

  • From August 10, 2017 thru January 7, 2018.

  • From November 17, 2016 thru August 8, 2017.

  • BP
  • Chevron Retiree Association
  • Citgo
  • Entergy
  • Kinder Morgan Foundation
  • Land Sea & Sky
  • Shell Oil Company Foundation
  • Strabo Tours
  • Tropical Birding
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