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High Island

Planning Your Visit

COVID-19 Response: Sanctuaries are open every day from 7 AM to 7 PM. Admission is free for the remainder of the season. Restrooms are closed. Construction at Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary is ongoing, and the Old Mexico Rd. entrance will remain closed till further notice. Visitors may use the Winnie St. entrance.

The Rookery at Smith Oaks
The Rookery at Smith Oaks

High Island Patch

Best Time to Visit

Our High Island sanctuaries are open daily throughout the year. Peak spring migration season is from mid-March to mid-May. Numbers are highest during a "fallout", which sometimes occurs with a fast-moving cold front. During fall migration, late September to mid-October usually produce the best results.

Restrictions

No dogs or other domestic animals are allowed at any of the High Island Sanctuaries. The use of laser pointers is prohibited. No pishing or use of playback devices unless special permission is obtained. Drone photography is prohibited. Smoking is prohibited except in the parking lots.

  • Details of policies and rules for all the High Island sanctuaries including information for photographers and campers

Our Sanctuary Neighbors

Please be considerate of our neighbors! Birds can be found almost anywhere on High Island, including our neighbors' yards. Please do not enter their yards and be careful when you aim your binoculars, as some people get the idea that birders are looking in their windows and invading their privacy.

Oil Field Roads

Please note that the oilfield roads are temporarily inaccessible.

High Island Community

Please support local businesses and civic organizations as much as possible. Communities are more willing to support local conservation efforts if they feel protected habitat helps the local economy. See the list of accommodations, food, and other useful addresses compiled by Houston Audubon members.

  • Citgo
  • BP
  • CNOOC
  • Chevron Retiree Association
  • Land Sea & Sky
  • Shell Oil Company Foundation
  • Strabo Tours
  • Tropical Birding
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