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Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
Audubon Texas is the state program of the National Audubon Society, dedicated for 100 years to protecting birds, other wildlife, and their habitats. With chapters and partners we protect and manage colonial waterbird populations in every major bay system on the Texas Gulf Coast, identify and conserve the most important sites for birds statewide, and are working to reach 50,000 students annually through conservation education and stewardship action at three urban Audubon Centers.
In 1923, Audubon established a system of island sanctuaries along the Texas Coast. These island sanctuaries are home to twenty-plus species of colonial waterbirds, several of which are considered endangered or threatened. The majority of waterbirds that nest along the Coast nest on an Audubon owned or leased island. Our coastal sanctuaries host the largest Reddish Egret and Roseate Spoonbill colonies in the world. The Coastal Conservation Program is responsible for the management and protection of these birds and their nesting habitats. During the spring, the Coastal Conservation Program is patrolling islands and conducting census population counts for nesting Colonial Waterbirds on sanctuary islands. During the fall, Audubon staff and coastal wardens are restoring nesting habitat, protecting islands, and posting signs to inform the public about these valuable sanctuaries. The Coastal Conservation Program has recently expanded to include a community-based citizen science program called TERN or Texas Estuarine Resource Network. This program offers FREE training to idenitfy local waterbirds and conduct biological surveys in locations around the city where birds are feeding and around the bay where birds are nesting. The TERN program also engages volunteers to help with island restoration workdays, growing native shrubs for nesting habtiat, working with local schools and citizen science programs in senior living facilities.
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