Mission

Bird-Friendly Communities is an initiative of Houston Audubon that aims to transform the greater Houston area into a thriving community that supports birds, provides more accessible opportunities for everyone to experience the wonder and joy of bird-watching, and patch by patch, yard by yard, park by park creates important corridors of healthy habitats for birds, butterflies, and other pollinators.


Houston Audubon

On September 24, 1969, The Houston Audubon Society was formed by a dedicated group of eighteen men and women who saw the need for environmental education for youth and environmental advocacy for wildlife habitat. Today, Houston Audubon operates basically on the same values and purposes established by its founding fathers which were: to promote educational, scientific, literary, historical, and charitable purposes; to provide education and instruction in natural science through nature walks, field trips, and seminars, both to its members and through programs in the public school system; to create awareness of conservation problems and to explore solutions for said problems; to promote conservation of wildlife and natural resources through education, maintenance and management of sanctuaries and coordinated activity with governmental conservation agencies.

Did You Know?

Northern Mockingbirds have been known to so skillfully imitate sounds such as squeaky gate hinges, sirens, and barking dogs that even an acoustical analysis could not tell the difference between the mockingbird and the original sound.

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Test Your Knowledge!

How many birds die annually in window collisions alone?


Contacts

For general inquiries regarding Bird-Friendly Communities, please contact:

Sarah Flournoy
Bird Friendly Communities Program Manager
Houston Audubon
440 Wilchester
Houston, Texas 77079
713-932-1639 ext.113
sflournoy@houstonaudubon.org

Anna Vallery
Conservation Specialist
440 Wilchester
Houston, Texas 77079
713-932-1639 ext.108
avallery@houstonaudubon.org

For inquiries regarding Native Nursery and native plant sales, please contact:

Natives Nursery Manager
Houston Audubon
440 Wilchester
Houston, Texas 77079
713-932-1639
nativesnursery@houstonaudubon.org

 

For all other inquiries, please contact the Houston Audubon office.

Houston Audubon Headquarters
Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary
440 Wilchester
Houston, Texas 77079
713-932-1639
info@houstonaudubon.org

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What's Happening Now

Explore our recent programs and events. Join us!

Saturday, September 8th - 8 am to 1 pm

Join Houston Audubon for the first Natives Nursery Open House. Start in the Edith L. Moore cabin for a quick presentation about the nursery, the native plants we grow, and how to plant with natives. Then head out to the nursery where a group of native plant experts will be on-site, ready to answer any questions you may have and help you select the best plants for your yard.

Swift Night Out is an event to count the amazing swifts that gather in chimneys before beginning their fall migration to South America. Meet fellow bird enthusiasts. Learn about the lifestyle and habits of a bird that spends the whole day flying high in the sky eating mosquitoes and other small flying insects. For dates and more information, click below.

Peak numbers for Purple Martins occur in July and August when Purple Martins form large flocks and roost together in great numbers in preparation to migration. Some roosts may have thousands of birds. When the birds arrive to roost in the evening, it can be an amazing spectacle with the sky literally black with martins! Join us July 21, August 7, & August 25 to watch these birds. For dates, locations, and more information, click below.


FAQ

You’ve come to the right place! Remember the basics of a bird-friendly community: plant native plants, add a water feature, limit threats, and add supplemental support.

We recommend making peace with your bird neighbors. Birds can play important roles in our natural systems, and when they become a nuisance, it’s often because we humans have taken up their space or simply don’t understand their behavior.

Laws vary around the country for non-migrating birds, but it is helpful to note that it is illegal to disrupt migrating birds and their nests.

Note the bird’s color, shape, bill size, and behavior. You can consult one of many excellent hard copy or online field guides here or do a quick skim of our Gulf Coast birds to find your bird.

Wild birds may appear abandoned, but parents may actually be watching them as they learn to survive outside the nest. Take a moment to assess the situation and wait for the parent to return.

For injured birds, call the Wildlife Center of Texas at The Wildlife Center of Texas.
7007 Katy Rd., Houston, TX 77024

Phone: 713-861-9453 (WILD)
Email: info@wildlifecenteroftexas.org

Learn more here.