Hello Volunteer,
Happy New Year to the Houston Audubon volunteer flock! We hope you had a wonderful and restful holiday season, and we are excited to share what is coming up in the new year. Check out the content below for lots of info on classic volunteer opportunities as well as some new ones. Finally, please save the date of February 12 for the volunteer appreciation lunch!
Warm regards,
Houston Audubon Volunteer Manager

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

High Island Volunteering Spring 2023
Get Ready for Spring Migration Volunteering!
RV Caretakers: January - May (Daily)
Canopy Walk Guides: March 11 - May 21 (Daily)
Kiosk and Sales: March 11 - May 21 (Daily)
It's never to early to get excited about Spring Migration at High Island! Each year, dozens of volunteers come out to our High Island sanctuaries to help make the most out of the season by helping with sales, assisting visitors, and more. We would love to have you back out or join us for the first time this spring. 
The dates for each activity are listed above for your reference. For more info on the activities and to RSVP in advance, click here and scroll down to the appropriate activity entry.
As a new perk this year, volunteers that contribute 24 hours to High Island Migration activities will earn a special High Island 2023 Patch Pin (top right photo) exclusive to High Island volunteers! Volunteers that helped out in 2022 and return to volunteer again will also qualify for this unique pin, regardless of hours as a thank you for continued service.
For questions and more info, email gdurham@houstonaudubon.org
Sanctuary Work Days
January 4th
8 am - Noon
Join us at the Raptor and Education Center at Sims Bayou for a morning of gardening and sanctuary maintenance. We work 8AM – 12PM, once a month on the 1st Wednesday, September through June.
Activities include trail maintenance, filling bird feeders and baths, litter pick-up, native gardening, and invasive species removal. It's a great way to enjoy the outdoors and help out in the community! Bring water, sunscreen, bug repellent & gloves. Wear closed-toe shoes & long pants. Bring sack lunch if desired. Children of any age are welcome with their parent/chaperone. (Minimum age without a parent/chaperone is 14 years.)
For more info and to register, click here 
January 12th
8 am - 11 am
Please join us for an Entergy Coastal Natives Nursery volunteer workday! Extending the work of the Houston Audubon Natives Nursery at Edith L. Moore, our High Island nursery location is growing out dozens of coastal-adapted species for restoration projects on all of our sanctuaries. Work days are on the second Thursday of every month from 8-11 am.

For more info and to register, click here
January 14th
8:30 am - Noon
Meet us at this internationally known birding hot spot and help us beautify one of our nature sanctuaries here, improving both the visitor infrastructure and wildlife habitat. This is a great opportunity to get outside while making a difference. Volunteers who help out at High Island Work Days are treated to a delicious meal prepared by our lunch crew.

For more info and to register, click here
January 21
9 am - Noon
Join us at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary for a morning of sanctuary maintenance. Work days are once a month on the 3rd Saturday from October through March. Activities can include trail maintenance, litter pick-up, native gardening, and invasive species removal. It's a great way to enjoy the outdoors and meet like-minded friends! Please make sure to dress appropriately for getting wet and muddy. Bring a refillable water bottle, sunscreen, and work or gardening gloves. The monthly Habitat Hawks work day will be an activity as part of this work day, so If you want to join Habitat Hawks, you can use the same registration below.
For more info and to register, click here 
Outreach and Educational Events
Speaker Event Volunteers
January 12
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Houston Audubon Speaker Series continues with our Birds of a Feather Work Together
Panel discussion! We will need a few volunteers to help with event logistics from set up to check in. If you would like to help out with this event, please email gdurham@houstonaudubon.org
Volunteer Appreciation Lunch Save the Date
This year's annual Volunteer Apperciation Lunch and Laura Singleton Award ceremony will be held Sunday, February 12th!
If you are interested in more information, please email gdurham@houstonaudubon.org or visit the link above.
More Save the Dates*
  • RV Volunteer Caretakers at High Island: Daily, January - May
  • Raptor Center Work Day: February 1st (8 am)
  • High Island Work Day: February 11th (8:30 am)
  • Volunteer Appreciation and Award Lunch: February 12th (11 am)
  • Edith L Moore Community Work Day: February 18th (9 am)
  • Horseshoe Marsh Work Day: February 25th (9 am)
  • RV Volunteer Caretakers at High Island: Daily, January - May
  • Raptor Center Work Day: March 1st
  • High Island Work Day: March 11th
  • Smith Oaks Canopy Walk Volunteers: Daily, March 11- May 21
  • Smith Oaks and Boy Scout Woods Kiosk and Sales Volunteers: Daily, March 11 - May 21
  • Edith L Moore Community Work Day: March 18th
* Click the corresponding month above for a full calendar view, more details, and registration links
* If you are interested in more information on any of these advance dates, please email gdurham@houstonaudubon.org
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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