Boy Scout Woods, Smith Oaks, The Rookery, and more!
High Island is the surface expression of a salt dome on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. Due to its elevation above the saltwater table, it supports wooded habitat that supplies food, water and places to rest for tired trans-Gulf migrants.
The Houston Audubon Society has two large sanctuaries in the area – Boy Scout Woods and Smith Oaks, which are known worldwide for their spectacular variety of spring migrants. Smith Oaks contains the spectacular heron rookery, safely located on an island within a lake, where visitors may get close views of nesting herons, Snowy and Great Egrets, Neotropic Cormorants and Roseatte Spoonbills. April weather fronts can produce 30 or more species of songbirds in a single day! It is important to note that this is not just a rookery trip, however if you talk to your trip leaders on the way, arrangements might be made to accommodate you.
The island and sanctuaries are recovering from recent hurricanes. Many large oak trees were lost and marsh habitat was decimated. New growth, young trees, and healthy habitat are signs of a remarkable recovery. That scenario is the history of such wooded motts along the Gulf Coast.
Read more about High Island on the Houston Audubon Web site.
Bring water, snacks, lunch/dinner, bug spray
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