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Join us for our 3rd annual AviChat!

AviChat is an informal conference and networking event developed by the Young Professionals Advisory Council of Houston Audubon. The inaugural event was held during 2021 Houston Bird Week to great success, and we are excited to continue to grow AviChat as an inclusive space for people to share study findings/ ongoing conservation efforts and learn more about what is going on in the world of bird conservation research in Texas.

AviChat is purposely set up in two parts: 1) to host a series of brief science-based talks pertaining to bird conservation in Texas, with particular focus on the Texas Gulf Coast, and 2) a networking period to foster professional connections and conversation among people who could collaborate productively to further the mission of bird and wildlife conservation in our region. 

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Presentations; 7:30 - 8:30 PM Networking, light bites, cash bar

Location: MATCH - Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston

Registration: $5/person; fees are waived for those speaking at the event.



  • Northeast Texas Conservation Delivery Network

    Reuben L. Gay, Wildlife Biologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

  • Pastures for Upland Bird Program

    Reuben L. Gay, Wildlife Biologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

  • How to Dominate a Big Day

    Stuart Nelson, Acting President | Executive Vice President, Institute for Spirituality and Health

  • Birds with Intention; Bees by proxy

    Marissa Llosa, Conservation Manager, Houston Parks Board

  • Interspecific and circadian differences in artificial roosting habitat selection in non-breeding shorebirds

    Jasmine Xiong, Student, Rice University

  • Attracting Birds with Backyard Habitats

    Chris Bick

  • Mercer - Conservation & Restoration

    Christy Jones, Education Director, Mercer Botanic Gardens, Precinct 3 Harris Co.

  • Remnant Prairie at Almeda Road Nature Reserve

    Royce Daniels, Field Operations Coordinator, Harris County Precinct One

  • Flycatchers of North America

    Cin-Ty Lee, Harry Carothers Wiess Professor of Geology, Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Rice University

  • There and Back Again: A Wild Houston Tale

    Suzanne Simpson

  • High Island (is no island): Connecting our Sanctuaries to the Rest of the World

    Wyatt Egelhoff, Conservation Specialist (Coastal Sanctuaries), Houston Audubon

  • Harris County Flood Control - Habitat Creation and Preservation

    Jennifer O. Garrison, Mitigation Banking Manager, Harris County Flood Control District

  • The Ever-Changing World of Bird Populations

    B.C. Robison, Environmental writer and consultant

  • Restoring Bird Habitat in a Fragmented Urban Environment: Mapping Nests Using Survey123

    Gabriela Sosa, PhD, Conservation Manager, Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Event Information

You can take a virtual tour of MATCH here (we will be in Matchbox 1) and find parking details here. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to make this event more accessible for you, or if there are any questions that we can help to answer. 

  • Wheelchair accessible seating is available to individuals who require wheelchair accessible seating for themselves or to someone purchasing on their behalf. Please call the box office at (713) 521-4533 for assistance in the purchase of accessible seating. 
  • The MATCH also has two entrances that are both equipped with ramps for wheelchair access into the building. The ramps are located at both entrances of the MATCH.  Patrons with accessibility needs may be dropped off/picked up in the the drive-in on the Travis St. entrance. 
  • Accessible parking is available on a first come-first served basis in the Mid-Main Parking Garage located across from the MATCH. 
  • Accessible/Family restrooms are available on the first level of the MATCH, located in the breezeway. 
  • For questions about accessibility, please contact or call (713) 325-5374.
  • ASSISTED HEARING: All of our theaters are equipped with Listen Technologies to help patrons that are hard of hearing. Please stop by the box office, when you arrive, to request use of an assisted listening device.