Honoring Tom Greer with the 2022 Laura Singleton Exceptional Volunteer Award!

By Gabriel Durham, Volunteer Manager Each February, Houston Audubon hosts a Volunteer Picnic to present the annual Laura Singleton Exceptional Volunteer Award and celebrate the collective contributions of our valued volunteers. To best understand the award, it is good to understand the contributions of Laura Singleton herself. Lauded as the “consummate soldier in Audubon’s army”, […]

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Beak of the Week – Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) Family: Certhiidae By Carrie Chapin, Houston Audubon Conservation Technician The Brown Creeper is a unique species as the only North American member of the tree creeper family. Brown Creepers are uncommon in southeastern Texas and can be found foraging in dead and dying trees, with a preference for conifers. These birds […]

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DIY Pine Cone Bird Feeder

By Adoriam DeWalt Hello! My name is Adoriam DeWalt and I am an Ambassador of Girl Scouts. I am working with Houston Audubon on my Girl Scout Gold Award to talk about the war on birds. I hope you find this information helpful as we try to be more bird-friendly! Why birds matter Birds are […]

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Introducing Wyatt Egelhoff, Coastal Sanctuaries Conservation Specialist

If you’ve visited any of the High Island Sanctuaries or Bolivar Flats in the past year, you may have run across our Coastal Sanctuaries Conservation Specialist, Wyatt Egelhoff. Wyatt started working for Houston Audubon as a Conservation Technician in December 2021 and then transitioned to doing beach-nesting bird stewardship in March 2022. He was hired […]

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Beak of the Week – American Wigeon

American Wigeon (Mareca americana) Family: Anatidae By Jon Piasecki, Houston Audubon Conservation Technician The American Wigeon is a species of dabbling duck that can be found throughout the United States on ponds, lakes, and marshes. These birds breed in the northwestern U.S., the western half of Canada, and Alaska. They can be seen migrating during […]

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Beak of the Week – Pomarine Jaeger

Pomarine Jaeger (Stercorarius pomarinus) Family: Stercorariidae By Carrie Chapin, Houston Audubon Conservation Technician The Pomarine Jaeger is a rare and fascinating seabird, the largest of the three jaegers. Field identification of jaegers can be difficult due to the high variation in their populations; however, Pomarine Jaegers are the most barrel-chested of the jaegers and have […]

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Beak of the Week – Black Scoter

Black Scoter (Melanitta nigra) Family: Anatidae The Black Scoter is a medium-sized duck, but is the smallest species of the sea-dwelling scoters. Both male and females have a small and straight bill, although the male’s bill is also adorned with a bright yellow knob. These ducks occasionally occur in mixed flocks with other scoter species. […]

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Beak of the Week – Common Gallinule

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) Family: Rallidae By Will McDaniel, past Houston Audubon Conservation Technician The Common Gallinule is a species of rail which inhabits the Gulf Coast year-round, with its range extending to large parts of Central and South America. It can be recognized by its dark bluish-black plumage with wide yellow feet, a flash […]

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Beak of the Week – American White Pelican

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) Family: Pelecanidae By Carrie Chapin, Houston Audubon Conservation Technician One of the largest birds in North America, the American White Pelican is a sight to behold. With the second longest wingspan of birds in the U.S. after the California Condor, and its fascinating bill, they are difficult to miss. American […]

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Welcome to Jesi Malowitz, Houston Audubon’s New Membership and Event Coordinator!

Please join us in welcoming our new Membership and Event Coordinator, Jesi Malowitz! Jesi Malowitz is a native Ohioan who has lived in Houston since 2004. Originally a 7th grade mathematics teacher, her two girls Eleanor (8) and Benny (6) have kept her very busy as a stay-at-home mom over the past several years, especially […]

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