Hello Volunteer,
Summer weather is upon us and spring activities are wrapping up, but with the summer comes Purple Martins and so much more! Check out all the exciting volunteer opportunities Houston Audubon has to offer below.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Edith L. Moore Sanctuary Stewards
Often referred to as a “hidden gem”, Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary has been featured in numerous Houston publications as a wonderful retreat for hikers, birders, and families. Edith L Moore is open all year, and is completely free. In order to keep the sanctuary free, we need enthusiastic volunteers to help monitor the sanctuary and provide all visitors with a wonderful experience.

Sanctuary Stewards answer questions and make sure things are running smoothly, while keeping an eye out for issues. At the same time Stewards can bird, botanize, do some herping, or just enjoy being outside for a while. 
Steward shifts are available on Saturday and Sunday, and shifts can be from 1-3 hours long. Exact time of day is flexible.  
Outreach, Education, and Bird Walk Opportunities
July 17, July 30, August 13, August 21, September 4, September 18, September 24 
Location - Either the Fountains in Stafford or near Willowbrook Mall, depending on roosting location
From July to September, Houston's Purple Martins spend most of the day feeding on flying insects to build energy for their long journey across the Gulf of Mexico. At dusk, they form large flocks and roost together in preparation for migration. For the dates above, Houston Audubon, along with Centerpoint Energy, will be presenting Purple Martin Parties in open areas near these roosts to witness the spectacle! We need volunteers to join us at these parties to visit with guests and pass out information about purple martins and powerline safety.
Those interested in helping out at the parties should email gdurham@houstonaudubon.org

Seeking new bird survey leaders
Once Per Month - Day of month negotiable
Kickerillo and Archbishop Fiorenza Surveys
Each month, Houston Audubon leads 17 Bird Surveys around the greater Houston area. During these walks, survey leaders keep an eBird checklist, lead the group around the route, and help new attendees try their hand at birding. Presently, Houston Audubon needs new leaders for our Kickerillo and Archbishop Fiorenza surveys. The opportunity is best fit for someone who has experience birding and enjoys introducing others to the activity as leaders also handle all communications with participants. Surveys must include a leader and co-leader so this is also a good opportunity for couples or friends!
Interested parties should email gdurham@houstonaudubon.org
Appreciation and Thanks
High Island Spring Migration Volunteers
A very special thanks to all of our deeply committed High Island Spring Migration volunteers! This season, sixty volunteers contributed 3,000 hours of service to make the operations of the sanctuaries possible, as well as welcome people from all over the world to Texas birding and conservation. This is a truly pivotal contribution not only of your time, but also because of your positive impact on visitors, not to mention all the patches sold! So, if you worked High Island this season, know you have our deepest gratitude and we hope to see you again next year!
Spring Collision Monitors
The conservation team would also like to thank our 30 wonderful collision monitors from this spring migration. It takes a special person to trek to downtown Houston before sunrise to look for injured birds, but 30 of you special people did it for nearly three months! Thank you very much for your passion and the early hours. You can all rest assured that the data you helped generate will go directly to scientific work to prevent more window collisions in the future. The study will resume this fall for those that might want to join, or continue helping this efforts. Until then, sleep in a bit and know you have our heartfelt thanks.
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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