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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World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) has been celebrated for over 25 years to bring attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas - bird migration! This year, Houston Audubon and our Young Professionals Advisory Council, along with the City of Houston’s Parks and Recreation Department, will be hosting in-person birding events and virtual presentations for anyone who wants to learn more about the birds of our area on Saturday, May 8, 2021!
Birdathon is the birder's equivalent to a walkathon, but better (because you get to look at birds all day). Whether you can identify 2 species or 2,000, birders of all experience levels are welcome to participate in Birdathon!
Spring arrives early on the Upper Texas Coast with spring migrants moving through as early as March, with the possibility of great birding through April and into May all along the Upper Texas Coast. Check out some resources for birding during spring migration here.
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.