Houston volunteer opportunities

HOUSTON AUDUBON

What Is It?: A conservation, education, and advocacy organization that focuses on protecting the natural environment for birds and people. It owns and manages 17 nature sanctuaries to protect habitat for birds and to give people recreational opportunities in nature.

 

Help Needed: Trail maintenance, invasive species removal, filling bird feeders and baths, litter pick-up, native gardening, and other habitat improvement projects.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: Varies. For most events, everyone is welcome, but volunteers under 14 must to attend with a parent or other adult. Volunteers must be 15 to work on trails.

Help Needed

 

ONGOING COMMUNITY WORK PARTIES

Trail maintenance, filling bird feeders and baths, litter pick-up, native gardening, and invasive species removal.

High Island Sanctuary, 2nd Saturdays, October to March, 8:30 AM – 1 PM.  Info and sign up here.

Raptor and Education Center at Sims Bayou, 3rd Saturdays, September to May, 9 AM -Noon.  Info and sign up here.

Edith l. Moore Nature Sanctuary, 4th Saturdays, September – April (3rd Saturday in Nov. and Dec.), 9 AM – Noon. Info and sign up here.

 

COASTAL TRASH PICKUP DAYS

These are occasional outings to pick up trash, fishing line, and other items that endanger local wildlife at High Island, Bolivar Flats, and other areas. Gloves, trash grabbers, bags, and drinking water are provided.  Please wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes or boots that can get muddy or wet.

EDITH MOORE TUESDAY TRAIL CREW
Meets from 9 AM – noon every Tuesday, year-round. Trail Crew projects include boardwalk construction and maintenance, litter pickups, trail trimming and privet/ligustrum removal. For volunteers age 15 years and older who don’t mind getting sweaty. Some carpentry skills helpful, not required. More information here.

 

 

GROW OUT NATIVE PLANTS FOR PRAIRIE RESTORATION

Houston Audubon wants to restore more coastal prairie, but needs more native plants that are specific to the Upper Texas Coast. It collects native seed all summer and fall and is asking volunteers to grow the seed at home for restoration projects.

You will receive full instructions on growing native plants from seeds. “Once your plants are hardy enough to bump-up to 4″ or 1-gallon containers, you can join us at a potting-up work day, or drop off the seedlings and we will do the rest. The plants will be used in one of our many restoration projects.” More details are here.

 

 

CITIZEN SCIENCE – BIRD SURVEYS

“If you’re new to birding and want to learn more, this is a great way to get involved! Contribute to a body of knowledge that will help researchers and bird conservationists with their work for years to come by participating in a bird survey. For more information check out this page listing all of the bird surveys around greater Houston.”

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Houston Audubon’s headquarters are in the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary on Wilchester Boulevard (a 17.5-acre wooded preserve along Rummel Creek in West Houston), but it owns 16 other sanctuaries in the region, too.

Clean-ups and other projects may take place at Bolivar Flats, High Island, and other sanctuaries.

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