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MAY 2021

Dear Friend,

Here are the latest happenings at Houston Audubon.


May 8
World Migratory Bird Day has been celebrated for over 25 years to bring attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas - bird migration!
Houston Audubon and our Young Professionals Advisory Council, along with the City of Houston’s Parks and Recreation Department, will be hosting in-person birding events and virtual presentations for anyone who wants to learn more about the birds of our area!
Learn more and participate »


May 13 at 7 PM on Zoom
Jane Kim, artist and founder of Ink Dwell studio creates art that explores the wonders of the natural world. Merging classical techniques of science illustration with modern fine art, she creates public and private commissions, illustrations, exhibitions, and much more. Kim will speak about her artistic journey including the iconic Wall of Birds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the new Confluence mural in downtown Houston. Houston Audubon’s Conservation Director, Richard Gibbons, will discuss the different groups of birds represented on the mural and the challenges they face in the Houston Gulf region. Register for free »


Spring Migration at High Island and Bolivar Flats

High Island and Bolivar Flats have been a flurry of bird activity this spring, and we've really enjoyed welcoming everyone back to the sanctuaries to enjoy the wonder of spring migration on the upper Texas coast. Here's what you need to know for your visit »

Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

Sanctuary Stewards are Back! 
You may see our Sanctuary Stewards out and about at the sanctuary. Feel free to approach them with questions, concerns, cool animal sightings, or just to thank them for their hard work! Volunteer to be a Sanctuary Steward »
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. Visitor Information »

Raptor and Education Center

Get an inside look with a behind-the-scenes tour and learn about our native raptors, raptor conservation, and get up close and personal with our education birds.
Upcoming tours: May 8, May 14, May 29
Volunteer Work Party
May 8 from 8 AM - 12 PM
Join us at the Raptor and Education Center at Sims Bayou for a morning of gardening and sanctuary maintenance. Register »
The Raptor and Education Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM. Please call ahead to schedule your visit. Visitor Information »
Shop at H-E-B and support local environmental charities, including Houston Audubon!
Add your $1, $3, or $5 donation to EarthShare of Texas at checkout in stores and online at H-E-B & Central Market from April 14-May 25. More information »


Working for Woodpeckers by Sneed B. Collard III
On a balmy, pre-covid morning in June 2019, I arrived at the W.G. Jones State Forest at 5:45 a.m. There I was met by an enthusiastic biologist named Donna Work. Why? So that she could teach me about one of the world’s most intriguing birds, the Red-cockaded Woodpecker. Read more »


Photo by Joe V. Smith
Amateur and professional photographers can have a one-of-a-kind experience photographing our raptors in an intimate setting at a Raptor Photography Shoot.
Upcoming shoots at the Raptor and Education Center: May 22, May 31
Enjoy free classes with the Houston Audubon Nature Photography Association (HANPA), an informal photo club for Houston Audubon members. Meetings are held monthly on the first Wednesday from September - May. Learn more »
(Not a member? Sign up now for as little as $35.)
The next HANPA speaker event is open to everyone! Scott Wilson is a self-taught landscape and wildlife photographer who was voted Denver's Best Instagrammer of 2017!
May 5 at 7 PM on Zoom
Join the Flock!
Become a Houston Audubon member for as little as $35. Support bird conservation while receiving cool benefits, such as free admission to the Raptor Center, members-only field trips, discounts at our natives nursery and nature shops, and more!
Meet our newest staff member, Javier Salas, Environmental Educator and Staff Naturalist! Learn more about Javier »
Now through May 7, you can support bird conservation by participating in Birdathon, a fun birdwatching competition, or by simply donating to the cause. The next $5,000 raised will be matched dollar for dollar!
Flying WILD Program Training for Educators
Flying WILD encourages environmental stewardship among youth with hands-on classroom and outdoor field experiences connected to bird biology, conservation, and natural history. Workshops are for formal and informal educators; all participants receive CPE hours.
June 4 


Zooming with Raptors
Can’t get enough of hawks, owls and kites? Bring our education ambassador animals into your home and learn all about them during this virtual program for all ages.
Upcoming dates: May 26
Join our coastal technicians for live broadcasts from High Island on Facebook twice a week! Every Wednesday at 2 PM from a drip and every Friday at 9 AM from the Rookery. Follow the High Island Facebook page to watch »
Go birding from the comfort of your home with our bird cameras!
Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary
Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary


Congratulations to JD Carballo, our 2020 Laura Singleton Exceptional Volunteer! Read more about JD's contributions »
Bird Collision Monitors are needed to help patrol downtown Houston to look for birds that have been injured or killed by building strikes and record data. 
Announcing a new bird survey at the UH Coastal Center! If you're new to birding, bird surveys are a great way to get involved and learn more. 


Members will receive an online voting ballot via email to vote for the FY2022 board member slate.
Members-Only Trips
All members are welcome to join us on a field trip to check out some Galveston Island birding hot spots on May 15.
Members 50 and older are invited to join our bus trip to Long Point Ranch on May 13.
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