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Texas Rookery Islands

Implementing Organization

State of Texas; US Department of the Interior


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Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


Project Category


Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources

Birds/Bird Habitat

Project Description

The Texas Rookery Islands project restores and protects three rookery islands in Galveston Bay and one rookery island in East Matagorda Bay using coastal engineering techniques. The project partially compensates for injuries to birds by increasing nesting pairs of colonial waterbirds, including the brown pelican, laughing gull, royal tern, sandwich tern, great blue heron, roseate spoonbill, reddish egret, great egret, snowy egret, tricolored heron, and black-crowned night heron. Restoration actions will expand the size of the islands and enhance the quality of habitat for nesting birds, increasing the amount of available nesting habitat. Habitat longevity will be increased by raising island elevations and constructing protective features, such as breakwaters or armoring levees.


Allison Fischer
(512) 463-5271
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