Houston Audubon is thankful for the business leaders, community volunteers, philanthropists, and passionate thought leaders who have invested their time, resources, and reputations to advance our mission over the years. As Houston Audubon begins a new Fiscal Year in July, we will advance efforts to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community working collaboratively to protect birds and improve lives. We will also welcome a former member of Houston Audubon’s Young Professional Advisory Council (YPAC), Catherine Clarke, to our Board of Directors, effectuate an amendment to our bylaws, including changing the name of our Board’s presiding officer from President to Chairperson, and complete our 10-year strategic framework which will serve as the blueprint that guides strategy, plan, and program development to achieve future goals. The action plan and program development phase of strategic planning will occur in the fall. We invite you and your friends and neighbors to join us in our cause and get involved. Your expertise, time, talents, and passions are needed.
- Helen E. Drummond, Executive Director
THE WARBLER SPRING NEWSLETTER
It's here! The Warbler, Houston Audubon's annual spring newsletter, is now available online. The Warbler is a compilation of stories written by Houston Audubon members, volunteers, visitors, and staff to share all the birdy excitement and activities that happened during spring migration.
Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary
Summer has arrived at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, but there is a bit of a reprieve on the shaded trails. The trees are more fragile when its hot and dry, so use extra caution on the trails. A big thank you to our trail crew for braving the high temperatures each week to help maintain our beloved sanctuary!
Edith L. Moore Sanctuary is open daily but certain amenities such as the cabin and restrooms are not available on holidays and Sundays. We welcome wildlife photographers and families taking pictures of each other, but professional photo sessions do require a permit. Be sure to stop by and enjoy the trails!
Raptor and Education Center
The Houston Audubon Raptor and Education Center is open for visitors on Fridays from 10 – 4. Mornings are the best time to stop by due to the summer heat. The forest paths are shady and there are always urban critters to watch for along the trails like the Swamp Rabbits that make their home at the center. Swamp Rabbits are a large cottontail rabbit that inhabit swampy and wetland areas of the south. They are good swimmers and will often bed down in taller grass during the day and forage at night. Like other lagomorphs they have a double digestion system and their food passes through their gut twice. Stop by to explore the trails, observe the critters, and meet our education raptors!
The Raptor and Education Center is open for visitors on Fridays from 10 AM - 4 PM and by appointment. Call (713) 640-2407 to make an appointment outside these hours. Admission is free for Houston Audubon members and $5/person for non-members.
On the Coast - High Island and Bolivar Flats
Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary is even noisier as the rookery continues to be filled with begging chicks and awkward fledglings. The Neotropic Cormorants and Great Egrets (the first to initiate nest-building in the spring) have mostly completed their nesting duties, while the other herons and egrets are busy feeding hungry nestlings. The first few Golden Orb-Weaver spiders (genus Nephila) have begun to spin their conspicuous webs in Smith Oaks as well.
At Bolivar Flats we’ve reached the period of lowest bird diversity for the year, with only a few individuals of migratory species lingering into the heat of summer. However, early southbound migrants are expected to start trickling in the first week in July, so we won’t have long to wait. Join us at our first Saturday Bolivar Beach Rambles for free to explore the diversity of life along the coast!
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