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The Owl Post | Houston Audubon Monthly News

AUGUST 2021

Dear Friend,

Here are the latest happenings at Houston Audubon.
Fall migration is well underway on the Upper Texas Coast! Shorebirds, hawks, hummingbirds, swifts, swallows, and many other bird species call our region home during the late summer and fall months. Learn more about fall migration »

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Announcing AviChat – a series of brief, informal, science talks about bird conservation and research hosted by the Houston Audubon YPAC during Houston Bird Week. We’re currently looking for submissions to present your individual or organizational projects related to bird and/or land conservation on the Upper Texas Coast, including planned and completed research.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Submissions Open for Flock Together Photo Contest!
Start snapping those photos if you haven’t already! Submissions are open from August 1 - 29Learn more »
Photographers of all skill levels are welcome to join us for a Raptor Photo Shoot at the Raptor and Education Center! Photograph these beautiful birds of prey in an intimate and natural setting. Register »
Announcing Raptor One-on-Ones, a new and unique opportunity for photographers to have a private session shooting a raptor of their choice. Learn more »

AROUND OUR SANCTUARIES

Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

Join us for our brand new Guided Tours at Edith Moore! Take the "Tour de Moore" and learn all about the history of this sanctuary, including a private visit to the historic log cabin built by Edith Moore in 1931 and an interpreted hike through the forest. Register » 
Mindful Mondays in the Forest will return on September 20! Join us for weekly mindfulness classes in-person at the sanctuary or online via Zoom. Learn more and sign up » 
We had a fantastic group of volunteers help clean up Rummel Creek during Plastic Free July! Not only did they divert hundreds of pounds of trash from the waterway, but they also counted every piece of trash to contribute to community science.
The Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary is open daily from 7 AM to 7 PM. Access and parking are available in the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church's west parking lot. Admission is free; if you enjoy your visit, you can help preserve nature in the city by making a donation. Visitor Information »

Raptor and Education Center

Hours: The Raptor and Education Center is open for limited hours through August 9 due to summer camps, so please call ahead to schedule a time for your visit. Regular operating hours will resume on August 10, when we will be open Tues - Sat from 10 AM - 4 PM. Visitor Information »
Get "enraptored" with a behind-the-scenes Raptor Center Tour! Learn about our native raptors and raptor conservation, meet the birds up close with lots of photo ops and discover what it takes to run a raptor center. Register » 

High Island and Bolivar Flats

On the coast, we're gearing up for the fall restoration push! We're hiring three Seasonal Conservation Technicians and expanding our RV Volunteer Program. We're also working hard to get the Entergy Coastal Natives Nursery, located in the Hulsey Coastal Operations Center, up and running.
Post-breeding migration is underway, with many shorebirds arriving at Bolivar Flats and some early migrants, like Black-and-White Warblers, arriving in the coastal woodlots. 

SAVE THE DATES

We invite you to our annual fundraising dinner on October 21, honoring Jim Winn with the Lifetime Service Award and Western Academy with the Lucie Wray Todd Education Award.
Featuring keynote speaker Sneed B. Collard III, Author and Naturalist
Learn more » 
Houston Bird Week is about celebrating the important role our city plays in the lives of billions of birds with a week of events centered around our region’s birds and wildlife. Stay tuned for the full event line-up and other exciting announcements, including sticker reveals and a brand new bird beer!

NOW HIRING

Houston Audubon is seeking to fill two positions.

EVENTS

Purple Martin Migration Madness Watch Parties 

Join us to watch the amazing spectacle of Purple Martin migration! 
August 7, August 22 
Volunteer Opportunities
Houston Audubon values and relies on volunteers to help us achieve our mission. From sanctuary maintenance to education to community science, there are a variety of ways you can get involved. View all volunteer opportunities » 

FROM THE BLOG

My Journey to Bird Friendly Backyard Habitat by Chris Bick
“As a veteran who served two tours in Iraq and has struggled at times with PTSD, I began to see those difficult episodes fade away and become non-existent when I spent time in my garden and observed the nature around me.”

Support bird conservation by purchasing our brand new license plate, sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and available for purchase through the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. $22 of the annual $30 plate fee collected comes to Houston Audubon. 

MEMBER CORNER

Members-Only Field Trips
Members 50 and older are invited to join our birding field trip on August 26. Learn more » 
Join the Flock!
Become a Houston Audubon member for as little as $35. Support bird conservation while receiving great benefits, such as free admission to the Raptor Center, members-only field trips, discounts at our nature shops and nursery open houses, and more!
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