Texas Rookery Islands
State of Texas; US Department of the Interior
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
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 increase the amount of available nesting habitat by expanding the size of the islands and enhancing the quality of habitat for nesting birds. Habitat longevity will be increased by raising island elevations and constructing protective features, such as breakwaters or armoring levees.