Hello Volunteer,
March marks the beginning of spring migration and with lots of birds coming through town, that means lots of activity at Houston Audubon! Whether it is sanctuary work days or the opening of the High Island kiosks, there is something for everyone this month to make it out to our sanctuaries and see the birds on the move. Also this month is our High Island Volunteer picnic! We'd love to see you out and say thank you for all the wonderful work you do to protect birds and their habitat. All the details are below.
Warm regards,
Houston Audubon Program Manager

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

High Island Volunteering Spring 2023
Spring Migration Volunteering!
RV Caretakers: March - May (Daily)
Canopy Walk Guides: March 11 - May 21 (Daily)
Kiosk and Sales: March 11 - May 21 (Daily)
Spring migration is here! 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, click here and scroll down past the calendar 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 exclusive to High Island volunteers! 2022 volunteers will receive 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
March 4th
9 am - 12 pm
Please help us clean up the shoreline at Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary. Your efforts will help prepare the sanctuary for the thousands of migrants coming through during spring migration and help provide clean habitat for our beach-nesting birds! Houston Audubon will provide gloves, grabbers, trash bags, and water to refill your reusable containers. Please dress accordingly for the weather and sun protection.

For more info and to register, click here
March 11th
8:30 am - Noon
Meet us at this internationally known birding hotspot and help us beautify 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
March 18th
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.
For more info and to register, click here 
Spring Collision Monitoring
Collision Monitoring Training
March 14th
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join this important community science project where you can make a difference by collecting data that will help us figure out how we can protect migrating birds from window strike deaths. This project is sponsored by Houston Audubon along with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Texan By Nature, and other partners.
Before registering for Spring 2023 Collision Monitoring shifts, all monitors are required to attend or watch the recording of Collision Monitor Training*. This training will include the mission and history of Collision Monitoring, how to join the statewide project on iNaturalist to report your specimens, how to use the various report forms, explanation of building routes, parking permits, and other vital information on how to be a monitor.
*Past monitors also must attend this training or watch the recording before registering for shifts as some logistics have changed.
For more info and to register for training, click here 
Each year, Houston Audubon kicks off the Spring Migration season with a volunteer picnic at Boy Scout Woods. All are welcome to come out for BBQ and invited to bring sides and other items potluck style to share with other guests.
This year is very special because the picnic will conclude with the ribbon cutting of the Clint and Mary Frances Morse Field Station at 1:30 p.m. with a light reception to follow. All volunteers are invited to come witness this historic event!
This year will also be special as we will be honoring long time High Island volunteers Houston Sliger, Bernice Jackson, and Ed Jackson. Each of them have made a pivotal impact on the stewardship of our High Island sanctuaries so please join us in honoring their contributions this year.
To RSVP please email gdurham@houstonaudubon.org
Save the Dates*
  • Collision Monitoring: April 1st - May 26th (daily)
  • High Island Sanctuaries Open House Event Volunteers: April 1st
  • Raptor Center Work Day: April 5th
  • Raptor Fest Event Volunteers: April 8th
  • Earth Day Event Volunteers: April 22nd
  • Witness Series Nature Walk Volunteers: April 29th
  • Smith Oaks Canopy Walk Volunteers: Daily, March 11th- May 21st
  • Smith Oaks and Boy Scout Woods Kiosk and Sales Volunteers: Daily, March 11th - May 21st
  • Raptor Center Work Day: May 3rd
  • Bird Walk Volunteer - World Migratory Bird Day: May 13th
  • Collision Monitoring: April 1st - May 26th (daily)
  • Smith Oaks Canopy Walk Volunteers: Daily, March 11th- May 21st
  • Smith Oaks and Boy Scout Woods Kiosk and Sales Volunteers: Daily, March 11th - May 21st
* 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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