High Island and Bolivar Flats
Spring has arrived! Northern Parulas, Hooded Warblers, Louisiana Waterthrushes, and more are making an appearance in High Island. The Rookery at Smith Oaks is buzzing with activity. Great Egret chicks just started hatching last week, Roseate Spoonbills have begun nest building, and more birds are on the way! Volunteer kiosks are open to help visitors with admissions and other sanctuary information.
Shorebird migrants are starting to arrive at Bolivar Flats. American Golden Plovers, Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers have started arriving. Even an Iceland Gull was spotted recently by staff!
In partnership with American Bird Conservancy, our staff recently installed symbolic fencing at Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary in Port Bolivar and at East Beach in Galveston to help protect beach-nesting birds including Wilson’s Plovers, Least Terns, and Snowy Plovers. Please steer clear of fenced areas and give birds space. If birds are flying close to you or alarm calling, you are too close.