Mission: Houston Audubon Society promotes the conservation and appreciation of birds and wildlife habitat. The Society is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization and is supported by member dues and donations from individuals, foundations and corporations.
Programs: Sanctuaries & habitat conservation: has owns and maintains 17 nature sanctuaries in the upper texas gulf coast area which provide 3,384 acres of vital habitat for birds, wildlife, and people. During spring migration, the globally important high island and bolivar flats coastal sanctuaries welcomed 6,000 visitors from 45 states and 20 countries this year. Has staff and dedicated volunteers manage its sanctuaries with a focus on habitat restoration, invasive species control, bird monitoring and protection, and public access enhancement. In addition, has works with communities and partner organizations to improve native habitats for birds throughout the greater houston area. This year has expanded its natives nursery, making native wildflowers and grasses available to partners for urban demonstration gardens, pocket prairies, and local gardeners wishing to enhance landscapes to benefit wildlife.
environmental education & outreach: this year has provided 874 innovative natural science program experiences to over 36,000 children and adults at its two urban nature centers and through its extensive programming taken on the road throughout the houston-galveston area. Program offerings included nature camps, school outreach programs, and scout workshops for children as well as birding classes, field trips and citizen science bird monitoring programs for all ages. In addition, has expanded its reach in two ways: 1) through virtual fieldtrips hosted from the sims bayou urban nature center, making available live bird conservation educational presentations to schools across the u. S. , canada and mexico; and 2) by bringing the birds and bird education to residents at alzheimers and memory care facilities though a new program called bird tales.
Houston Audubon became an accredited land trust in July 2017, a status that can be renewed every five years. Accreditation means Houston Audubon meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Houston Audubon demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate the commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. To learn more about land trust accreditation and the current accreditation status of Houston Audubon, visit http//www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.