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Now that the world is showing signs of getting back to a sense of “normalcy,” use this Earth Day as a reminder that when we all work together, we can make a difference.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. It was posted on April 17, 2021. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Our Beak of the Week is one of 12 birds featured in Confluence, a public art installation currently in progress along the Bayou Greenway trail at the confluence of White Oak and Buffalo Bayous. The 223-foot mural, created by artist Jane Kim, founder of Ink Dwell Studio, showcases the birds that call Houston's bayous home. Confluence is commissioned by Houston Parks Board and hosted in collaboration with Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Houston Audubon is pleased to provide ornithological expertise and collaborate on programming and promotion of the mural. Learn more about Confluence here.

HOUSTON, TX – April 09, 2021 – Mayor Sylvester Turner has proclaimed April 19 - May 7, 2021 “Lights Out Nights” in Houston, encouraging all businesses, residents, and building managers to turn off non-essential exterior lighting from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. during the period of peak migration for birds through Texas.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Blackburnian Warbler. It was posted on April 10, 2021. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Our Beak of the Week is one of 12 birds featured in Confluence, a public art installation currently in progress along the Bayou Greenway trail at the confluence of White Oak and Buffalo Bayous. The 223-foot mural, created by artist Jane Kim, founder of Ink Dwell Studio, showcases the birds that call Houston's bayous home. Confluence is commissioned by Houston Parks Board and hosted in collaboration with Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Houston Audubon is pleased to provide ornithological expertise and collaborate on programming and promotion of the mural. Learn more about Confluence here.

If you’re looking for a reason to get out there and do more good, look no further. April has been named Global Volunteer Month as a time to bring people together to volunteer from across the world.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the American Kestrel. It was posted on April 3, 2021. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Our Beak of the Week is one of 12 birds featured in Confluence, a public art installation currently in progress along the Bayou Greenway trail at the confluence of White Oak and Buffalo Bayous. The 223-foot mural, created by artist Jane Kim, founder of Ink Dwell Studio, showcases the birds that call Houston's bayous home. Confluence is commissioned by Houston Parks Board and hosted in collaboration with Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Houston Audubon is pleased to provide ornithological expertise and collaborate on programming and promotion of the mural. Learn more about Confluence here.

The Nominating Committee of the Houston Audubon Board of Directors recommends the following slate for election to the Board of Directors. The election will be conducted online in May 2021. Write-in candidates will be allowed.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Yellow Warbler. It was posted on March 27, 2021. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Our Beak of the Week is one of 12 birds featured in Confluence, a public art installation currently in progress along the Bayou Greenway trail at the confluence of White Oak and Buffalo Bayous. The 223-foot mural, created by artist Jane Kim, founder of Ink Dwell Studio, showcases the birds that call Houston's bayous home. Confluence is commissioned by Houston Parks Board and hosted in collaboration with Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Houston Audubon is pleased to provide ornithological expertise and collaborate on programming and promotion of the mural. Learn more about Confluence here.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Mississippi Kite. It was posted on March 20, 2021. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Our Beak of the Week is one of 12 birds featured in Confluence, a public art installation currently in progress along the Bayou Greenway trail at the confluence of White Oak and Buffalo Bayous. The 223-foot mural, created by artist Jane Kim, founder of Ink Dwell Studio, showcases the birds that call Houston's bayous home. Confluence is commissioned by Houston Parks Board and hosted in collaboration with Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Houston Audubon is pleased to provide ornithological expertise and collaborate on programming and promotion of the mural. Learn more about Confluence here.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Scarlet Tanager. It was posted March 13, 2021. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Our Beak of the Week is one of 12 birds featured in Confluence, a public art installation currently in progress along the Bayou Greenway trail at the confluence of White Oak and Buffalo Bayous. The 223-foot mural, created by artist Jane Kim, founder of Ink Dwell Studio, showcases the birds that call Houston's bayous home. Confluence is commissioned by Houston Parks Board and hosted in collaboration with Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Houston Audubon is pleased to provide ornithological expertise and collaborate on programming and promotion of the mural. Learn more about Confluence here.

3/8/2021- High Island, TX- Houston Audubon along with Mrs. Kathrine McGovern officially opened the highly anticipated canopy walkway at Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary in High Island with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, March 04, 2021. The Kathrine G. McGovern Canopy Walkway, an elevated viewing experience through the forest canopy and sub-canopy, is designed to complement the natural backdrop and setting of the sanctuary and is now open to the public.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Rusty Blackbird. It was posted by Phoebe Honscheid, Conservation Technician, on March 6, 2021. 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-crowned Sparrow. It was posted by Sarah Lefoley, Conservation Technician, on February 27, 2021. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Bonaparte’s Gull. It was posted by Phoebe Honscheid, Conservation Technician, on February 21, 2021. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Redhead. It was posted by Sarah Lefoley, Conservation Technician, on February 13, 2021. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

The players gathered on this foggy morning in west Houston at Fiorenza Park. The tension was palpable as each player eyed a potential rival. The Gridiron Goatsuckers broke the ice and swayed some participants when their coach emerged with 2 dozen fresh donuts for all. The coach of the Superb Owls wanted to call a technical foul (or fowl) but got no support. Players were divided up into their prospective teams and at 10AM sharp the eBird lists were started.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Ruddy Duck. It was posted by Phoebe Honscheid, Conservation Technician, on February 6, 2021. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Common Grackle. It was posted by Sarah Lefoley, Conservation Technician, on January 30, 2021. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Helping others can provide a new sense of purpose that may have been dwindling as a result of the new way of life we’ve endured in 2020. So in order to breathe new life into 2021 and beyond, it’s time to look outside ourselves and focus on others.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Sora. It was posted by Phoebe Honscheid, Conservation Technician, on January 23, 2021. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

We're pleased to announce that Houston Audubon’s Kathrine G. McGovern Canopy Walkway at Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary was selected for a special recognition in the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) annual Parks and Natural Areas Award Program.

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.

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.

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.


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