National Audubon Society
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP and Transocean
Controlling Document: Guilty Plea Agreement between BP and U.S. Department of Justice, Guilty Plea Agreement between Transocean and U.S. Department of Justice
Year Awarded: 2015
This project will evaluate potential options for protecting and enhancing colonial waterbird rookery islands within the 350 square mile Matagorda Bay system. Of the 16 historically active nesting sites in Matagorda Bay only 6 remain today and only two provide significant nesting opportunities for bird populations: Lavaca Bay Spoils and Sundown Island. The results of this project will provide a detailed guide for future conservation investments that would protect and enhance colonial waterbird populations in the region by enhancing resiliency and sustainability of their critical nesting habitat.