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High Island

Birding and Walks

Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler (male)

Photographed at High Island © Joanne Kamo

Drones and laser pointers are prohibited at Houston Audubon sanctuaries. No pishing or use of playback devices unless special permission is obtained.

Spring 2019 Walks & Outings with Tropical Birding

Birding Walks & Outings: The Tropical Birding guides will lead 3 free bird walks a day, 5 days a week (every day except Tuesday and Wednesday) in our High Island sanctuaries and surrounding hotspots. The walks begin on Thursday, April 4 and end on Monday, April 29. No preregistration is required. The 8:30 AM walk is at Boy Scout Woods. The Noon shorebird walk meets at the gate for Boy Scout Woods and visits various sites for shorebirds and other coastal birds. The 4:00 walk starts at the Old Mexico Rd parking lot at Smith Oaks and searches for warblers in the woods followed by a quick circuit of the Rookery. They post reports about their walks on their Birding High Island website.

Photography Walks & Outings: The Tropical Birding guides will also offer free photography walks and outings, 5 days a week. The walks begin on Thursday, April 4 and end on Monday, April 29. No preregistration is required. Tropical Birding will alternate days between Smith Oaks Rookery (Thursday, Saturday, and Monday) and Bolivar Peninsula (Friday and Sunday). For the Rookery walks, meet at the Old Mexico Rd. parking lot at 4 PM. The Bolivar Bird Photography Outing will meet in front of Boy Scout Woods at 3 PM and then continue on to waterbird sites along the Bolivar Peninsula via personal vehicles. Carpooling is encouraged. Tropical Birding has secured a partnership with Olympus Cameras to provide field testing of their bird photography camera setups. Visitors will be able to try out the next generation of lighter, faster, smarter cameras.

1st Saturday Bolivar Flats Beach Rambles

People walking on Bolivar Flats

Come explore Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary and see what the forces of nature have left for us on the beach and in the wrack lines with Conservation Specialist Pete Deichmann. You’ll walk along the beach and out onto the flats discovering the diversity of life along the gulf coast. It’s a perfect opportunity for a family day trip. Ride the Galveston ferry, see dolphins, birds, shellfish and learn about coastal ecosystems. This program is FREE, suitable for all ages and runs on the first Saturday of each month. No preregistration required. We meet at 10:00 AM at the vehicular barrier. Take TX-87 to Rettilon Rd. Turn right at the beach and travel 3/4 mile. Hope to see you there!