Hello Volunteer,
August temperatures are still high, so much of our volunteer activities are on the coast this month. However, registration links for the approaching fall work days and bird collision monitoring are now live. Check those out along with the upcoming outreach events listed under "save the dates" to begin planning and register in advance if you like.
Warm regards,
Houston Audubon Program Manager

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Work Days
Saturday, August 19th
8 a.m. - Noon
Houston Audubon and SPLASh are hosting a beach cleanup at Ferry Beach, next to the ferry landing on the Bolivar Peninsula. This is a brand-new beach and has never been cleaned before!

Those coming across the ferry from Galveston are advised to park on the Galveston side and board the ferry by foot to avoid the car line; however, parking is also available at the ferry bathrooms on the Bolivar Peninsula. There will be a tent and umbrellas for shade. We will provide gloves, trash bags, and cold water. Be sure to bring your reusable water bottle! Sunscreen and a hat are also advised. Let’s make a difference for the beach and birds!

To register for the clean up, click here.
Community Science
September 5 - October 29
Early Mornings (sunrise)
Location - Downtown Houston 
Join this important community science initiative to make a difference by collecting data that will help inform decisions about how we can protect migrating birds from window strikes. This is a joint effort with Houston Audubon, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Texan by Nature, and other partners.

Collision monitoring will take place in the early mornings (around 6 -7 am depending on sunrise). Monitors will work in teams of 2-3, patrolling a 2-mile predetermined route around 10 buildings in downtown, collecting data on birds that have been injured or killed by building collisions.

Volunteers do not need to have expert knowledge about birds - data is entered into the iNaturalist app where others can help identify or confirm the species. Volunteers will receive thorough training on collision monitoring and data collection, as well as guidance on handling injured or dead birds that are found in the course of monitoring. All the tools and materials needed to perform the job will be provided, but we need enthusiastic and meticulous monitors to patrol the routes daily.

For more information and to register, click here.
Orientation TBD based on availability
Nursery Schedule - Every second Thursday, 8:30 am - Noon
Extending the work of Houston Audubon's Natives Nursery at Edith L. Moore, our High Island nursery location is growing out dozens of coastal-adapted species for restoration projects at our sanctuaries. We'd love to have you join!
To register for orientation, please email gdurham@houstonaudubon.org. From there we will work on finding the best time to meet as a group to set the official orientation date.
Please note: this volunteer opportunity is located at our Coastal Nursery in High Island, not at Edith L. Moore. Carpooling from Houston is often available for those who live away from the coast and can be discussed during orientation.
Save the Dates
Thank you for being a Houston Audubon volunteer. We hope to see you at one of our events or sanctuaries soon! 
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