Coastal Conservation

Nesting Tricolored Herons and other waterbirds on Chester Island in Matagorda Bay Photo: Alexis Baldera/Audubon Texas

Since 1923, Audubon Texas has managed and protected bird rookery islands along the Texas Coast. We established our first bird sanctuaries at Green Island and the Vingt-et-un Island in 1923, and today we lease or own 177 islands along the coast. In partnership with the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program and Houston Audubon Society, we steward these islands by patrolling and monitoring bird populations during nesting season and managing the habitat during the non-nesting season. Audubon-managed island sanctuaries are home to 20+ species of colonial waterbirds, and the majority of waterbirds that nest along the Texas coast nest on an Audubon-owned or -leased island.

Our coastal sanctuaries host the largest Reddish Egret and Roseate Spoonbill colonies in the world. Stretching over 367 miles, the Texas coastal eco-region provides wintering grounds and stop over sites for may species of long-distance migratory birds. The coast faces mounting challenges from erosion, loss of habitat and increased storm impacts. It is our goal at Audubon Texas to protect existing coastal habitats while also working to build new bird habitats to sustain populations into the future. We are focused on linking the choices we make inland to their impacts on the Texas coast. Audubon's coastal management program has been recognized through the Governors' Blue Ribbon Committee on Environmental Excellence.

Audubon Texas selected as 2021 Conservation Wrangler
Coastal Conservation

Audubon Texas chosen by Texan by Nature as 2021 Conservation Wrangler

Conservation Wrangler is an accelerator program that supports projects having a positive impact on people, prosperity, and natural resources.

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TERN Community Science
TERN Community Science

TERN Community Science

Volunteer citizen scientists work alongside professional scientists to protect and restore habitat on the Texas coast.

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Coastal Conservation
Conservation

Coastal Conservation

Audubon Texas's Coastal Conservation program is conserving 177 islands along the Texas Coast and sustaining the bird populations that nest and forage on them.

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