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The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Laughing Gull. It was posted by Jamie Waltenburg on September 20, 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 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. It was posted by Will McDaniel on September 13, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Swift Night Out at St. Paul's United Methodist Church was a huge success on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. The first to arrive was a Cooper's Hawk who luckily for the swifts moved on after spotting some doves nearby. The final count was 420 swifts! Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the birds, and thanks to Donna at St. Paul's for organizing and the folks from the Nature Discovery Center for partnering with us. Pam Smolen helped to answer lots of swift questions and we wish the swifts good luck on their migration south this fall.

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Our last Martin Migration Madness event on Saturday, August 24, 2019, was a huge success! Over a hundred folks came out to Stafford along with some 4-legged friends to watch the hundreds of thousands of martins coming into the roost. We had a couple of Cooper’s Hawks also make a pass. The martins put on an amazing show and the kids who were watching referred to their movements as something like a Birdnado!

Come out to the next watch party on Sunday, September 22, 2019, at 7:30PM.

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Showing a little encouragement is an easy way to make someone’s day, and we’ve come up with a few ideas on how you can do so.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Black-necked Stilt. It was posted by Will McDaniel on September 6, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Paul Gregg, a Houston Audubon member, compiled this video of the Purple Martins at the nightly roost on Monday, August 26, 2019. The amazing 2.5 minute video was shot in front of the Old Navy store in Stafford, TX.

Thanks for sharing Paul.

Click here to see the video.

Here is a link to the September 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.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Caspian Tern. It was posted by Will McDaniel on August 30, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Aimee Friend is our new Development Director. Aimee oversees all development activities for Houston Audubon. These include membership, fundraising, grant writing, and planned giving. In addition, her staff conducts the gala, Birdathon and the annual appeal as well as many other events. She has served Houston nonprofits in a variety of development roles for the past 19 years and has a passion for bringing individuals together for great causes such as Houston Audubon.

We had quite an exciting bird survey this morning, August 28, 2019, at Archbishop Fiorenza Park. In addition to seeing our first fall warblers, we also rescued a Great Blue Heron that was tangled in fishing line along the bank of one of the ponds.

The photo gallery below will show you how the drama played out. At first we just noticed a branch moving back and forth as if by its own power. Then we saw the line and thought a fish was caught but it turned out to be a Great Blue. He or she was tired but luckily had no injuries and will live to fish again.

Monofilament line can be deadly to wildlife when not disposed of properly. Please spread the word.

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Article in The Buzz Magazine with photos about the 2019 Chimney Swift Night Out events. Features Mary Anne Weber, Education Director, and Mary Ann Beauchemin, Nature Discovery Center.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Osprey. It was posted by Will McDaniel on August 23, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Thanks to all who participated in our survey this past Tuesday. Despite the continued muggy weather we had a great time looking for birds.

I look forward to seeing everyone next time. The next survey at Kickerillo-Mischer is September 17th.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Common Nighthawk. It was posted by Will McDaniel on August 16, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Amazon is paying us a reward for shoppers using Amazon Smile to purchase items. We get a small percentage of the transaction, but it mounts up over time. We have received $900 thus far.

Please start or keep using smile.amazon.com to buy things on Amazon. There is no additional cost to you.

Thank you to the students from University of Texas-San Antonio, College of Architecture, Construction, and Planning who are studying in Galveston this summer. They came out to Horseshoe Marsh Bird Sanctuary and helped to clean up a popular recreation spot along Frenchtown Rd on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Over 60 bags of plastic, discarded fishing line, and other trash were removed from the sanctuary. Y'all are awesome!

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Barred Owl. It was posted by Will McDaniel on August 9, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

A few weeks ago Lauren Miheli, Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary Manager, was making her rounds of the sanctuary when she came across a young man shooting a video. As this was not an every day happening at the Sanctuary she approached the fellow to find out what he was up to. Turns out that the gentleman was a YouTuber who is passionate about nature and wants to make it easier for people to be able to find places to hike in, and around Houston.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Common Gallinule. It was posted by Will McDaniel on August 2, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

The Raptor and Education Center had let it be known we were looking for a new education bird. A bird we do not get to see very often. Special thanks to Dan Brooks with the Houston Museum of Natural Science for helping us in this matter. He contacted the Baton Rouge Zoo and found out they had a pair. So we are excited to announce we now have a pair of Barn Owls to be utilized for our programs.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Loggerhead Shrike. It was posted by Will McDaniel on July 26, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

With just a month left of summer, it’s time to take advantage of all it has to offer. Here are some ways to celebrate sunshine season while it's still here.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Cooper's Hawk. It was posted by Will McDaniel on July 19, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

With the generous donation from F. Carrington Weems, Houston Audubon held an online auction featuring 350 Audubon Amsterdam Edition prints from John James Audubon’s Birds of America. The online auction took place at the end of May, and was so popular, it was extended an additional week. Appreciatively, Houston Audubon sold 311 prints and raised over $20,000.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Bewick's Wren. It was posted by Will McDaniel on July 12, 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 Long-billed Curlew. It was posted by Maria Hart on July 5, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Here is a link to the July 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.

If you're looking for a way to get outside while also improving your whole self, gardening may be the hobby for you.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Least Bittern. It was posted by Maria Hart on June 21, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

You know volunteering has a positive influence (make friends, build connections, gain experiences, etc.), but did you know that it can actually assist your health?

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Eastern Meadowlark. It was posted by Maria Hart on June 14, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

We've got a new face here at Houston Audubon! Lauren Miheli has just started as the Sanctuary and Volunteer Manager where she will be managing the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary as well as organizing Houston Audubon's amazing volunteers.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Black Skimmer. It was posted by Maria Hart on June 7, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

The membership meeting on May 30, 2019, was held in conjunction with the speaker event. Houston Audubon's Board of Directors were elected as proposed. Starting July 1, 2019, Lucy Barrow and Diane Schenke will be new Directors. Skip Almoney is the new President-Elect. Re-elected to the Board are Andy Lopez, Janeen Judah, Mary Carter, Rebecque Demark, James Vavasour, and Robert Westendarp.

Leaving the Board are John Bartos, Nigel Curlet, and Doris Heard. We thank all our Board members for their invaluable service to Houston Audubon.

Houston Audubon’s Winters Bayou Bird Sanctuary has been awarded a $48,600 grant by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission through The National Recreational Trails Fund (NRTF). Houston Audubon partnered with the American Youthworks Texas Conservation Corps to plan and build a new 900-foot trail, renovate one mile of storm-damaged trail, add 500 feet of boardwalk, and install trail markers for easier navigation.

There were 8 submissions for the photo contest by the following photographers.

See larger versions of all the photos in the gallery.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Snowy Egret. It was posted by Maria Hart on May 31, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Here is a link to the June 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.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Magnificent Frigatebird. It was posted by Maria Hart on May 24, 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 Wilson's Plover. It was posted by Maria Hart on May 17, 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 Blue Grosbeak. It was posted by Bryce Loschen on May 10, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

CNOOC sent a group of 10 hard-working volunteers to Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary on May 2, 2019. Anna Vallery and Tom Olson hosted them in the Natives Nursery. They helped bump up plants, prepared many plants for pickup and filled seed packets. They also had lunch at the cabin.

Citizen Scientists in The Greater Houston and Galveston area competed in the Third Annual City Nature Challenge and won first place in the United States for most species identified during April 26-29, 2019. The Houston participants identified 3,367 species of flora and fauna from backyards to city parks to wildlife refuges and sanctuaries. The city took third place globally with Cape Town and Hong Kong coming in first and second respectively.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Black-throated Blue Warbler. It was posted by Lark Heston on May 3, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Here is a link to the May 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.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Lesser Nighthawk. It was posted by Maria Hart on April 26, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

Turns out, even the smallest steps can have an impact. This Earth Day, consider your ecological footprint and enact these seven green ways to embrace today.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Black-billed Cuckoo. It was posted by Bryce Loschen on April 19, 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 Upland Sandpiper. It was posted by Lark Heston on April 12, 2019. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.


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