Allen Hardee has been an avid birder in the Galveston Bay area for over thirty years. For fifteen years he was the Wildlife Team Leader for an industrial site on the mainland side of the bay that controlled over six thousand acres. Under his leadership the Wildlife Team, in partnership with the Texas Master Naturalists, hosted field trips that taught hundreds of Angleton area school children about nature, especially as it is found in the coastal prairie ecosystem surrounding Galveston Bay. Today, he is one of the Wildlife Team Leaders at the Marathon Refinery in Texas City. Allen’s favorite educational activity is teaching children about birds and introducing the joy of birding to children and adults. Today Allen lives and works in the Texas City area. He spends most of his free time birding the areas between the Texas City Dike and the west end of Galveston Island.