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Kari Howard

kari_howardKari Howard began her passion for the environment during a Hawaiian field study course that sparked a fire in the areas of coastal and marine life. After graduating Texas A&M University at Galveston and graduated with a Bachelors’ Degree in Marine Biology, she has worked in various lab settings, wetland consulting and delineation, and outreach and education in environmental fields. In 2011, Kari was the Habitat and Stewardship Coordinator for the Artist Boat completing three grants that restored over 26 acres of barrier island dune habitat along Galveston Island and Follet’s Island along with guiding kayak adventures around multiple bay systems. Since 2010, she has enjoyed her time as a Texas Master Naturalist for the Galveston Bay Chapter and during her free time she is an avid gardener and encourages landscaping with Texas native plants that specifically attract birds and butterflies. Currently she works for Audubon Texas, Coastal Conservation Program and brings her skills, experience, and passion for conserving wild spaces and protecting wildlife to the Audubon team to develop a new citizen science program monitoring nesting waterbirds called Texas Estuarine Resource Network (TERN).

Upcoming Events

April 2020
April 16 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

The group will travel by bus to the Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve. This preserve is 2,303 acres of coastal prairie at the intersection of urban expanse and rural beauty. The coastal grasslands found here are vital to the natural resilience of the Gulf Coast—prairies and marshlands act as a natural buffer during storms and hurricanes, absorbing and dispersing water from storm surges and floods. The sponge-like qualities of the prairie are also important for filtering the freshwater that…

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April 17 @ 8:15 am - 12:15 pm

The spectacle of a water bird nesting rookery is a birder “must see.” North Deer Island has 1.7 miles of protected shoreline which supports nesting habitat for the threatened Reddish Egret and 16 other bird species. Rookeries dot the Texas Gulf coast. Among the best in Texas is 144-acre North Deer Island shared by nesting herons, egrets, ibis, cormorants, shorebirds and seabirds. You’ll witness the sight, sounds and smells of thousands of Brown Pelican (approximately 40% of TX coastal nesters),…

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