Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary Rookery Island Restoration and Enhancement
Houston Audubon Society
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
NFWF Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund GEBF
Create two rookery islands and enhance existing colonial waterbird nesting habitat for thousands of birds that utilize the globally significant habitat at the Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary in High Island, Texas. The two nesting islands will be constructed using the channel dredge material from adjacent water bodies which will result in deeper trenches creating a barrier preventing access to the islands by predators. Additionally, water control structures will direct freshwater runoff into ponds that are critical foraging area.