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Fall migration is here! Reports of painted buntings, black-and-white warblers, and other migrants visiting our bird-friendly spaces have increased over the last week! This is an exciting time of year, and with the weather (hopefully) becoming cooler soon, this is also a great time to get outside on a bird survey. Learn about the 18 FREE beginner-friendly bird surveys throughout the Houston-Galveston region and consider joining a survey this month.Ā We hope this newsletter inspires you to continue to take bird-friendly actions throughout your life!

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I Spy With My Little Eye...
Action: Participate in bird surveys. Whether you are new to birding or have been a birder your whole life, our FREE monthly bird surveys are a great way to learn more about birds in our area! Now is on of the best times to get out on a survey with fall migration starting soon. Observe migratory birds as they travel south for the winter! Fall bird migraiton runs from August 15 - November 30.
Bird surveys are critical community science efforts that gather data to help scientists evaluate population changes and understand which species might require special management. Survey leaders engage participants of all birding skills, and itā€™s a great way to be introduced to the joys of birdwatching!

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Action: Turn off lights at night during migration season.Ā That's right, it's migration season again! From August 15 - November 30, we encourage everyone to turn off all non-essential outdoor lights at night from 11 PM - 6 AM. You can also support birds by:
  • Using timers or motion sensors on necessary lighting
  • Installing down shielding on external lighting
  • Avoiding lights that shine into the sky or trees
  • Closing curtains to reduce light pollution from windows
  • Swapping out your outdoor lightbulbs to warm light sources less than 3000 Kelvin
Scientists are still learning about the reasons why birds collide with buildings and how to better protect migratory birds. Collision monitoring is a community science program composed of volunteers who collect data every morning during migration season to help scientists learn more.Ā 
Native Plants for a Bird-Friendly Space

NATIVES NURSERY OPEN HOUSE - September 3, 2022 from 8 - 11 AM

Join us for a fall open house at the Houston Audubon Natives Nursery at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary! This is your chance to pick the brains of our expert nursery volunteers with all your burning native plant and gardening questions. Chat with our volunteers about your needs and go home with the perfect plants for your space. And you can take advantage of the long weekend to get your planting done for the bugs and birds!
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Planting native plants is one of the most important things you can do to establish a healthy habitat. While each space is unique, so is each plant. Consider the following native plants for your space!
I have a sunny yard:
Texas SpiderlilyĀ (Hymenocallis liriosme)
A fragrant flower that blooms spring through fall. It is best grown in medium wet soils in full sun to part shade (great for wetland gardens!). The showy flowers attract nectar-loving insects.
I have a shady yard:
PurpletopĀ (Tridens flavus)
A grass averaging between 2 - 7 ft. tall with reddish-purple spikelets. It does well in dry, part shade conditions and is used by wildlife as graze and nesting material. It is also the larval host plant for skipper butterflies.
I have a container garden:
Lemon BeebalmĀ (Monarda citriodora)
A spring blooming flower with lavender to pink flower heads and a distinctive lemony scent when the leaves are crushed. Does best in dry, sun to part shade environments. This plant attracts a variety of bees and butterflies.

Space of the Month

Linda Stiegler
Have you ever wanted to put your love for Bird-Friendly Spaces into action? Linda has gone above and beyond as a Houston Audubon Natives Nursery volunteer, learning about native plants and educating others on why "real-deal" native plants are so important for our environment. All the plants at Houston Audubon's Natives Nursery have been sourced from Harris county or one of the surrounding counties to offer Houston-strong native plants!Ā If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please email the Natives Nursery Manager, Berri Moffett, at
One of the things we love about Linda is her appreciation for the mess! It's a dirty job working in a plant nursery, literally! In her response below, she expresses how her messy looking garden has attracted many different animals. If they don't mind, then people shouldn't mind either! Learn to embrace the mess by checking out what Linda has to say about her Bird-Friendly Space:
"I have always enjoyed playing in the dirt so when I retired I looked for a place to volunteer that centered on gardening. I discovered the Native Nursery at Edith Moore Sanctuary when I joined the Houston Audubon Society. As a volunteer at the nursery I've learned all about native plants and how they help our native critters. For many years I had a vegetable and annual flower garden but have spent the past 4 years slowly changing over to a native garden. I now have a native prairieĀ for full sun plants and a native shade garden. I still have a few roses and a small space for flowering annuals that add intense color during the spring and fall. There are three separate water sources at various heights to give the animals a safe choice for water. My gardens aren't nice and neat, in fact they look quite messy but the animals love it. I have birds and butterfliesĀ visit my backyard everyday and I love watching them flit andĀ hide among my plants. The very best thing is that my native plants did not die during the big freeze and so far the drought hasn't killed them either. Gotta love the natives!"

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