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Houston Audubon is pleased to announce the winners of the first ever Flock Together Photo Contest! Thank you so much to everyone who participated. There were some wonderful submissions, which made selecting winners very difficult. Congratulations to the winning photographers!

Monday, August 30, 2021 was our monthly survey at Fiorenza Park. We saw very few passerines but hundreds of cormorants on nests and lots of water birds including the ol’ pelican with one wing who has been there for years. I was wondering about birds blown over by the hurricane before we started and we did get great looks at a Magnificent Frigatebird soaring with two Mississippi Kites.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Broad-winged Hawk. It was posted on August 28, 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 Pileated Woodpecker. It was posted by Ryan Call, Houston Audubon Young Professionals Advisory Council 2021, on August 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 Downy Woodpecker. It was posted by Ryan Call, Houston Audubon Young Professionals Advisory Council 2021, on August 7, 2021. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

When it comes to our world, it’s always a good time to check in with how we can love it back for providing us with a home all these years.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Turkey Vulture. It was posted by Ryan Call, Houston Audubon Young Professionals Advisory Council 2021, on July 31, 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 Roseate Spoonbill. It was posted by Ryan Call, Houston Audubon Young Professionals Advisory Council 2021, on July 24, 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 Reddish Egret. It was posted by Ryan Call, Houston Audubon Young Professionals Advisory Council 2021, on July 17, 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 Cattle Egret. It was posted by Azure Bevington on July 2, 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 Eastern Meadowlark. It was posted by Maria Hart on June 26, 2021. Click the link to see the profile in our Bird Gallery.

The Eastern Meadowlark is featured in a brand new Texas license plate supporting bird conservation. Learn more and purchase your plate today!

Houston Audubon is pleased to announce the launch of its new conservation license plate which will raise money to protect birds and their habitat. The plate is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and can be put on Texas-registered vehicles, trailers and motorcycles.

Inspiration is a fickle thing. It comes and goes with little warning. The good news is, you can always reignite inspiration when you’re feeling uninspired.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Carolina Wren. It was posted by Vicki Stittleburg and Berri Moffett on June 19, 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 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. It was posted on June 12, 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 Ruby-throated Hummingbird. It was posted on June 5, 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.

Weather across the country is heating up, and it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy mother nature. As it turns out, when it comes to spending time outside, the benefits go far beyond the fresh air.

While the future is uncertain, mankind remains resilient. We’ve learned to adapt to a “new normal” and are slowly making our way back to activities that we set aside for more than a year. A lot has changed, and some of the new techniques and processes surrounding fundraisers, volunteering and fundraising are here to stay.

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Chestnut-sided Warbler. It was posted on May 22, 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.

To lead a fulfilled life, being healthy is about much more than just the physical. It involves your mental well-being, too. 

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Cedar Waxwing. It was posted on May 8, 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 Magnolia Warbler. It was posted on May 1, 2021 by Phoebe Honscheid, Conservation Technician. 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.

May is recognized as National Recommitment Month. It’s a time of renewal and even to build new habits or relationships. What will you recommit to this month?

The Beak of the Week on the Houston Audubon Facebook page featured the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. It was posted on April 24, 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.

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.


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