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March 2021

Dear Friend,

Here are the latest happenings at Houston Audubon.

MARCH VIRTUAL SPEAKER EVENT

Window Pains: Helping Birds Survive a Human World with Heidi Trudell
March 11 at 7 PM on Zoom
With native bird populations experiencing steep declines, it's critical to take immediate action to reduce the human threats to their survival. In addition to habitat loss and outdoor cats, glass collisions are the leading cause of death among songbirds: these, and other factors will be explored during the session. Register »

WEBSITE MAKEOVER

Check out our improved website with a fresh look and easier navigation. Check back often for the latest on spring migration and other Houston Audubon activities. Explore our website »

SUMMER CAMPS

We're now accepting registration for 2021 Summer Camps at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary and the Raptor and Education Center. Week-long camp programs are for children ages 6 - 10. Campers will spend their days outside learning about animals and nature through fun-filled activities and explorative nature walks.

AROUND OUR SANCTUARIES

Spring Migration at High Island and Bolivar Flats

This spring, enjoy a a brand new birding experience at High Island. We've made major improvements, such as the brand new Kathrine G. McGovern Canopy Walkway, to elevate nature tourism and outdoor recreation opportunities for birders and non-birders alike. The visitor kiosk will be open from March 26 - May 2. Visit High Island to witness the wonder of spring migration on the Texas coast. 
Bolivar Flats Beach Clean-up
March 20
Join us for a beach clean-up and help reduce the amount of plastics that our shorebirds and wildlife are exposed to. Register »
Support the New Field Station Coming in 2022! 
We're excited to announce the construction of The Clint and Mary Frances Morse Field Station in High Island. In addition to serving as a headquarters for staff and volunteers at High Island, the field station will provide facilities for educational outreach and research work. Contribute now to support the design, construction, and maintenance of the field station. Learn more and donate »

Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

Mindful Mondays in the Forest
Start your week off right with mindfulness classes in nature. This program is held entirely outdoors with an option to join via Zoom. Register »
The Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary is open daily from 7 AM to 7 PM. The parking lot and restroom remain closed, but 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: March 6, March 18 (2 tours), March 19, March 27
The Raptor and Education Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM. In order to maintain social distancing while groups are on site, please call ahead to schedule your visit. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP BABY BIRDS

With spring approaching, you may start to see baby birds, and it can be hard to tell if they are injured and require intervention, or if parents are nearby to help. Our latest blog post explains the steps you can take to assess and assist.

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS & RESOURCES

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: March 24, April 28, May 26
Go birding from the comfort of your home with our bird cameras!
Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary
Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

PHOTOGRAPHY

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: March 13, May 22
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 »
March 4: The New Nature Photography: Trends for the Future with Lisa Langell Register »
(Not a member? Sign up now for as little as $30.)

UPCOMING EVENTS


Spring is rapidly approaching, and that means it's time to go birding for a good cause. The 2021 Birdathon birding period is from March 22 - May 7. Join our virtual kick-off workshop to learn more about how you can participate. All experience levels are welcome.
March 22: Birdathon Virtual Kick-off Workshop
Owl Prowls
Meet and learn about our live, rehabilitated owls, and then join us in search of wild owls on the wooded trails. For all ages.
March 19: Raptor and Education Center
March 20: Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary
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.
March 17 & June 4 

BIRDING CLASSES WITH GLENN OLSEN

Birding 101 Virtual Class & Field Trip
If you're curious about the birds that you see in your neighborhood and would like to learn about what they eat, where they nest, and how to identify them then this class is for you.
March 9: Virtual Class
March 13: Field Trip (optional)
Birding Apps Virtual Class 
For many birders, apps have replaced the traditional field guide. Learn about the commonly used birding apps, such as eBird, Merlin, Sibley, Hotspots, BirdsEye, and Warbler Guide. 
March 23: Virtual Class

VOLUNTEER


We're looking for an Education Program Assistant at our Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary to help lead our Bayou Buddies program for 3-6 year olds. 
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. Training will be provided.

MEMBER CORNER

Members-Only Trips
All members are welcome to join us on a half-day field trip to J.J. Mayes Wildlife Trace on March 20.
Members 50 and older are invited to join our bus trip to Brazos Bend State Park on March 12.
Join the Flock! 
Membership prices will increase on March 15, so now is a great time to join or renew.  Benefits include free admission to the Raptor and Education Center, members-only monthly field trips, priority access to select programs and more.
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