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High Island

Visitor Information

Our High Island sanctuaries are a haven for birds and visitors, especially during spring migration! We welcome visitors from all 50 states and over 20 countries who flock to the Upper Texas Coast for the best birdwatching. Our sanctuaries are critical habitat for migrating birds and there have been nearly 400 species documented on our properties, including several species never before seen in the United States. We invite you to visit us on the coast this spring! 

The four sanctuaries at High Island–Boy Scout Woods, Smith Oaks, Eubanks Woods, and Gast Red Bay–are open 365 days a year, dawn to dusk.

2024 High Island Patch

The High Island patch provides one person unlimited access to all five sanctuaries all year round! Patches are $30. They can be purchased in person on-site at a visitor kiosk. Patches are no longer available for online purchases. Day passes are sold on-site for $10/person. Free admission for children under 18, students with a valid school ID, and High Island residents. (Houston Audubon membership does not include access to the High Island sanctuaries. We appreciate your support.)


Your High Island patch/day pass is also valid for admission to Hooks Woods in High Island, owned by the Texas Ornithological Society (TOS) and managed by Houston Audubon.


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. Be sure to check eBird for the latest bird sightings at the sanctuaries!

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.

Questions? Contact Pete Deichmann, Land Director