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Houston’s annual Bird Week was started in 2019 by Houston Audubon’s inaugural Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) to commemorate the organization’s 50th birthday. Bird Week is about celebrating the important role Houston plays in the journey of billions of migratory birds and the everyday lives of our resident birds. Houston was certified as a Bird City in 2020. Houston Audubon and local conservation partners have arranged a week of events centered around our region’s birds and wildlife – from bird walks to mindfulness talks to Purple Martin watch parties, there is something for all Houstonians to enjoy. Your participation and excitement will help our city continue to be a welcoming home for birds.

We are excited to add a bunch of great virtual programs to the calendar this year. In-person experiences will have extra precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Let’s get chirping on social media. Use #HoustonBirdWeek to share your excitement! 

Keep up with Bird Week 2020 events on Facebook.



Bird Week Calendar of Events

V = Virtual Event    |    K = Kid-friendly    |    B = Beginner-friendly

September 19, Saturday

7:15 - 9:15 AM | Bird Walk at Spring Creek Nature Trail | Bayou Land Conservancy | Registration full.B

8:00 - 9:00 AM | Virtual Bird Walk with Jason Ward | Free; live on Facebook | V K B

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Drink for Birds at Bakfish | Free | Bakfish Brewing Co | B

1:00 - 2:30 PM & 3:00 - 4:30 PM | Hummingbird Container GardenHouston Arboretum and Nature Center | $40 for HANC members / $65 non-members | Registration full. V B

September 20, Sunday

10:00 AM | Meet the Penguins Live at Moody Gardens| Free, Live on Facebook | Moody GardensV B

11:00 - 11:45 AM | Beginner Bird Photography with Tim Timmis| Donations accepted, registration required. | V B

6:00 PM | Bird Nerd Trivia Night, co-hosted by Corina Newsome | Houston Audubon | Donations accepted, registration required. | V B

7:00 - 8:00 PM (Dusk) | Community Swift Night Out | Houston Audubon | Free to attend, registration required. | K

September 21, Monday

7:15 - 9:15 AM | Bird Walk at Spring Creek Nature Trail | Bayou Land Conservancy | Registration full.B

7:30 AM | Bird Survey at Archbishop Fiorenza Park | Houston Audubon | Free to attend, registration required. Limited spots available! | B [Rescheduled to September 28 due to inclement weather.]

6:00 PM | Birding 101 with Carl Nooteboom - Virtual Class | Houston Audubon | Donations accepted, registration required. | V B

September 22, Tuesday

3:00 - 3:30 PM | Forecasting Migration for Bird Conservation | Cornell Lab of Ornithology's BirdCast | Free; registration required. | V B

September 23, Wednesday

6:00 - 7:30 PM | Nature, Health, and the Human Spirit | Institute for Spirituality and Health | $10/person, registration required. | V

September 24, Thursday

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Raptor Photography Shoot | Houston Audubon | $45/person, registration required. Limited spots available! | B

10:00 AM | Inside the Rainforest: Tropical Birds of Moody Gardens | Free, Live on Facebook | Moody GardensV

12:30 PM | Virtual Lunch with the Birds at the Raptor and Education Center | Houston Audubon | Free; live on Facebook | V K B

2:00 PM | Virtual Bird Walk at Sweetwater Preserve | Galveston Bay Foundation | Free; Facebook Watch Party | K B

6:00 - 7:30 PM | Virtual Bird Movie Night | Citizens' Environmental Coalition and US Fish and Wildlife Service | Free, donations to CEC encouraged. | V K B

6:00 - 7:30 PM | Nature Revealed: Helping Hummingbirds | Houston Arboretum and Nature Center | $10 for HANC members/$25 non-members. | V B

September 25, Friday

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Behind the Scenes at the Raptor and Education Center | Houston Audubon | $20/adult, $15/child | K B

10:00 AM | The Birds of Moody Gardens | Free, Live on Facebook | Moody GardensV B

11:30 AM | Birding Bolivar Flats Live  | Houston Audubon | Free; live on Facebook | V B

6:15 - 7:45 PM | Birds and Bats, Oh My! Virtual Presentation | Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Houston Area Bat Team, Texas Parks and Wildlife | V K B

September 26, Saturday

8:00 AM - 12:30 PM | Hawk Watch at Smith Point | Houston Audubon | Free; registration required. Limited spots available! | B

7:00 - 11:00 AM | Bird Hike at Long Point | James B Harrison Foundation | Registration full. | B

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Beginner Birdwatching | Houston Arboretum and Nature Center | $10 for HANC members/$25 non-members | V B

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Squawk Walk | Exploration Green and Houston Audubon | Free | K B

7:00 - 8:30 PM | Purple Martin Migration Madness | Houston Audubon | Free | K V B

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Thank You to our Bird Week Partner Organizations!

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