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Houston Bird Week is a celebration of the important role Houston plays in the journey of billions of migratory birds and the everyday lives of our resident birds. In addition to Houston's vital location along the Gulf of Mexico, the growing popularity of planting native plants, restoring prairies, bird-friendly education programs, and Houston's Lights Out for Birds program were among the many efforts and programs that gained Houston the Bird City designation in 2020.

Houston Audubon and local conservation partners arrange a week of virtual and in-person events centered around our region’s birds and wildlife – from birding opportunities and watch parties to trivia, movie night, and more, there's something for all Houstonians to enjoy. Your participation and excitement will help our city continue to be a welcoming home for birds. Keep up with Houston Bird Week on social media using #HoustonBirdWeek and follow us on our social media accounts at @HoustonAudubon.

Houston Bird Week 2021 Event Lineup

ツ = kid-friendly events

Download a printable calendar.

September 17, Friday
September 18, Saturday
September 19, Sunday
September 20, Monday
September 21, Tuesday
September 22, Wednesday
September 23, Thursday
September 24, Friday
September 25, Saturday

Become a Houston Audubon member during Bird Week and save 15% off ALL membership levels from September 18-24!

Sticker Spotlight
New this year!

We've added four new sticker designs for #HoustonBirdWeek 2021! Thanks to Houston Audubon staff members and artists Berri Moffett and Javier Salas for designing these beautiful stickers for us!

"Capturing and communicating the behavior and character of a bird through art allows the artist to move from observing to understanding. Our work at HAS invites others to understand too; I’d like my art to extend this same invitation into conservation to its observers." - Berri Moffett, @butorides

“One of my favorite things about Houston Audubon is how it embraces the bridge between art and science. As I make art, I like to add my own personal flare to it and I hope that is something people will enjoy in the road ahead.” - Javier Salas, @atmos.arts

Returning favorites

We're bringing back some of your favorite stickers, designed by staff member Zineera Seth, with photos by Greg Lavaty and Mary Anne Weber.


Houston Bird Week 2021 Updates
  • September 14: Bird Week Stickers Revealed

    New stickers added this year, along with some favorites from last year! Come to Bird Week events to pick up your free stickers.

  • September 10: New Events Added!

    We've added a bird walk at ER Ann Taylor Park and a Birds of Moody Gardens tour - both free! Be sure to register.

  • Become a Houston Audubon member from September 18-24 and get an automatic 15% discount on all membership levels at checkout in celebration of Bird Week!

  • September 3: New Events Added!

    We've added two new events to the calendar - Betsy's Benefit Bingo and the Smith Point Hawk Watch!

  • The full event lineup for Houston Bird Week 2021 is now live! Click to watch the teaser video.

  • Announcing our official Bird Week Beer - Bock of Seagulls by Bakfish Brewing Co. Taste it first at the kick-off party at Bakfish on Friday, Sep 17 from 6 - 9 pm. Meet our education raptor ambassadors and have a drink for birds!

  • The Flock Together Photo Contest is live, and submissions are being accepted from August 1 - 29.

  • Call for abstracts for AviChat, a Bird Week event consisting of a series of brief, informal, science talks about bird conservation and research, followed by a networking happy hour.

  • Submissions accepted August 1 - 29. Winners announced on September 25 during Bird Week. Learn more.

  • April 5: Call for Partner Organization Events during Bird Week

    Call for partner organizations to host events during Houston Bird Week - please email birdweek@houstonaudubon.org by August 1, 2021 if interested.

  • March 15: New Bird Beer in the Works!

    We're excited to continue our partnership with Bakfish Brewing Co. as the official Beer Sponsor for Bird Week! You've enjoyed Paleican for two years, and now it's time for a fresh new bird beer to support bird conservation. Stay tuned for more information.

  • January 1: Houston Bird Week Dates Announced

    Mark your calendars for September 18 - 25, 2021 for the third annual Houston Bird Week!

Houston Bird Week 2021 Partner Organizations
History

Houston Bird Week was started in 2019 by Houston Audubon's inaugural Young Professionals Advisory Council to commemorate Houston Audubon's 50th anniversary. As the group brainstormed ideas for their annual project, the consensus was that they could do it all in one week. In addition to a week of events, the group successfully executed a city-wide competition to determine the Bird of Houston, which was made official with a proclamation by the City of Houston Mayor's Office. That is how the beautiful Yellow-crowned Night-Heron became the official Bird of Houston! They also formed a wonderful partnership with Bakfish Brewing Co. to have a custom "bird beer" whose sales would support Houston Audubon's mission of bird conservation. Our YPAC has continued to coordinate a very exciting Houston Bird Week every year since then during the last full week of September. We hope to see you at Houston Bird Week!

Houston Bird Week photos from previous years

If you have any questions, please email birdweek@houstonaudubon.org.

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