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Raptor Fest - holiday edition! ✨
December 3, 2022 from 3-7 PM
Celebrate the holidays with our feathered friends at Raptor Fest! This new event at the Raptor and Education Center gives visitors an opportunity to meet our education ambassador birds up close and learn about their conservation in the wild. Enjoy holiday crafts, games, and food, and take a festive photo with our raptors at the Hoot Shoot!
We have lots of events, programs, and volunteers opportunities happening at our sanctuaries this month! Keep reading for featured events at each sanctuary, and be sure to register online!
Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary
The leaves continue to fall at Edith L. Moore and plenty of fall migrants continue to come through. With fresh mulch on the trails and lovely, cool weather, there’s no reason to not come visit! Our volunteer workdays have been a great success and the sanctuary is looking better than ever.
Events and Volunteer Opportunities at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary
Raptor and Education Center
The gardens are full of butterflies this fall despite the lack of rain. We also have a healthy number of raptors visiting the center as they migrate through the area. If anyone is interested in kayaking along Sims Bayou and has their own kayak or canoe, email Mary Anne Morris to get details about launching at the Raptor Center.
Fall hours: Open every Friday from 10 am-4 pm or by appointment on other days. Free for Houston Audubon members, $5/person for non-members. Call (713) 640-2407 to make an appointment.
Events at the Raptor and Education Center
On the Coast - High Island and Bolivar Flats
It was great to see a mix of veteran Houston Audubon volunteers and many new faces at our first High Island workday of the season. We managed to plant 400 native grasses and forbs and clear a summer’s worth of deadfall and encroaching limbs from the trails at Smith Oaks. A serendipitous visit from a male Vermilion Flycatcher was certainly an avian highlight.
Cooler temperatures means we have once again transitioned to conducting intensive removal of Chinese Privet and Chinese Tallow from the coastal sanctuaries, particularly at Smith Oaks. This ongoing effort helps to encourage native plant species to dominate within our sanctuaries, ensuring migratory birds will find plenty of food to fuel their journeys northward in the spring, and southward in the fall.
Despite the rash of Red-legged Honeycreepers turning up throughout the Gulf Coast the past few weeks, we have yet to find any in the High Island Sanctuaries (but we’re still looking!) Many of our “winter” songbird species have begun to arrive, including Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned Warblers, Eastern Phoebe, White-throated Sparrow, Northern Harrier, Sandhill Crane, and even a few flyover Greater White-fronted Geese.
Events & Volunteer Opportunities on the Coast
Support our education ambassador animals by adopting a bird! Funds from honorary adoptions go towards all care of the animals, including food, housing, healthcare, and more.
Support Houston Audubon and get great membership benefits like free member birding trips and discounts at our Natives Nursery Open House!
Purchase our specialty license plate, featuring an Eastern Meadowlark, to support our mission of bird conservation! $22 of the annual $30 plate fee comes to Houston Audubon.
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