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.
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.
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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 26, August 7, & August 23, 2020 to watch these birds. For dates, locations, and more information, click below.
Community Swift Night Out is happening on September 20 and is a chance to participate in citizen science! We’ll spread out across the city at various sites where we think Chimney Swifts may be roosting to count their numbers. A count is short and sweet (around 30 minutes at dusk), but can make a real difference in understanding the behavior of this unique species! Sign up for a site by clicking below.
Houston Bird Week is about celebrating the important role Houston plays in the journey of billions of migratory birds and the everyday lives of our resident birds. Houston Audubon and local conservation partners arrange a week of events centered around our region’s birds and wildlife – from bird walks to mindfulness talks to Purple Martin watch parties, there is something for all Houstonians to enjoy. Mark your calendars - Bird Week 2020 will be held September 19 – 26.
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.
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)
Learn more here.