Here's what's happening at Houston Audubon this month!
JOIN OUR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS ADVISORY COUNCIL!
Applications are now open for our 2024 YPAC! Houston Audubon's Young Professionals Advisory Council, or YPAC, is a passionate group of volunteers that help advance our mission of bird conservation through outreach and community engagement efforts, the coordination of Houston Bird Week, hands-on habitat restoration, community science, and more. YPAC members have the chance to make a significant impact in the world of bird conservation and play an important role in enhancing wildlife habitat.
Interested in learning more? Join us for a mixer to meet this year's YPAC on November 3rd! It's a great chance to meet other young professionals in our city and find out if YPAC is the right volunteer opportunity for you.
Applications for the 2024 YPAC are due on November 8, 2023
In the City - Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary
Finally, some real cold weather! We are thankful for the respite from heat which allows us to undertake some larger projects, such as a replacement bridge over Titmouse crossing, a new boardwalk on the south edge of the large turtle pond, and some work refurbishing the pond in the coming months!
The Natives Nursery has been very busy and the availability of sellable plants is limited, but we're hard at work getting ready for spring! The nursery is full of seeded trays and these plants will need loving homes come spring. Thanks to our dedicated Natives Nursery volunteers for making it possible for us to distribute so many native plants to our community.
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!
On the Coast - High Island and Bolivar Flats
Shorter days and cooler temperatures allows the coastal staff to shift their focus back to habitat enhancement and restoration activities. From now until mid-March, we will be removing Chinese Privet and Chinese Tallow from our sanctuaries in preparation for the hundreds of thousands of hungry migrants we’ll be hosting come spring.
While there are still some neotropical migrants moving through the coastal sanctuaries in early November, most of the avian excitement this time of year comes in the form of returning wintering species. Old friends that had vacated the coastal sanctuaries since April or May such as American Bittern, Short-eared Owl, various waterfowl, Eastern Phoebe, and Nelson’s and LeConte’s Sparrows have begun to percolate back to the sanctuaries for the winter. Even as the main thrust of migrants may have passed, late-October/November can be the best time for finding the most outlandish vagrants.
Christmas Bird Count season is right around the corner! The Coastal Sanctuaries fall within two CBC circles. The High Island sanctuaries fall within the Bolivar Peninsula count circle (Thursday, December 14th), while the Bolivar Flats and Horseshoe Marsh sanctuaries fall within the Galveston count circle (Tuesday, December 19th). Coastal staff will be participating in both of these counts and facilitating observer coverage of the sections that include Houston Audubon properties. Those interested in joining staff for these counts can contact Wyatt Egelhoff.
Those interested in counting in a different area of these count circles should contact the respective count compilers for area assignments. More information about the Christmas Bird Count and a list of circles in Texas can be found on the Houston Audubon website.
Shop our Amazon Wish List
You can support Houston Audubon by shopping our Amazon wish list! From office supplies to sanctuary maintenance equipment, your donation will help our staff and volunteers carry out their critical work.
Anna Marie Holiday Cards
Spread cheer and support birds with these beautiful Anna Marie holiday cards! Houston Audubon receives 20% of proceeds from the 2023 holiday card.
Become a Member - New Benefits!
Become a Houston Audubon member for as little as $40/year! Enjoy members-only birding trips, discounts on Houston Audubon merch, early access to events and photo blind reservations, and more!
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