The National Audubon Society began its conservation work in Texas in 1899, making it the oldest citizen conservation group in the lone star state, and this year marks the 90th year of the organizations coastal conservation program.
The executive director of Audubon Texas, Brian Trusty, recently visited South Texas and toured historic Green Island, the vital nesting site in the Lower Laguna Madre.
Brian Trusty, Executive Director Audubon Texas, "Green Island is of course one of our most treasured assets in our coastal sanctuary which consist of 178 islands that stretch 600 miles from the Louisiana coast to pretty much right where we are standing today."
The approximately 35-acre island just northeast of the Arroyo Colorado is home to the world's largest reddish egret colony and an important nesting area for many other colonial waterbirds. Audubon began leasing the island from the state in 1923 and has been protecting it ever since.
Trusty, "This particular island and the whole Laguna Madre area is really the southern gateway to one of the most important migration corridors on the planet|Over 98 and a half percent of the long distance migratory bird species in North America pass thru this area, so it is very important to us that we are protecting the habitat that provides critical nesting areas an resting spots for these bird species."
There are many threats to the birds that live and migrate in deep South Texas including the proliferation of vast wind turbine industrial complexes that kill tens of thousands of birds, and Audubon is working to get these deadly turbines properly sited and on other important issues to protect our natural heritage.
Trusty, "The connections to land and wildlife is part of what it means to be a Texan, and so we encourage folks to get informed and get involved|Check us out at tx.audubon.org or give us a call and find out what ways you can get involved and make a difference."
With your Nature Report I'm Richard Moore