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ITEM #101
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"Alive in Wood" Chestnut-sided Warblers by Greg J. Eigenberger -

Behold this original life-size carving of a pair of Chestnut-sided Warblers by Gary J. Eigenberg. Gary is a world-champion wildfowl artist. His titles include placing in the top 3 Best in World title eleven times, in the Masters Class thirteen 1st Best of Show, and in 2002 and 2013 was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the Ward World Wildfowl Carving Championships. In 2006, 2009 and 2012, he won the Best in World titles. Oil on Tupelo 18"Hx16"Wx13"D.



Value
$3,000.00

Leading Bid
$1,500.00

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ITEM #102
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The Great Galveston Getaway(2-night Stay) -

Get ready for your weekend getaway on Galveston Island! Enjoy a two night stay at a canal house in Jamaica Beach with 6 bedrooms and 4 ½ baths. Accommodates up to 16 people. Private pool, guest house, expansive deck, great fishing & more! This canal front Galveston vacation home is perfect for multiple families or couples with 3 king bedrooms (2 in the main house, 1 in the guest house), 2 queen bedrooms, and a ground level bedroom with a twin trundle and attached bath. Spacious rooms, a deck that extends around the home, and a resort-like poolside retreat with multiple seating areas & mature tropical landscaping are perfect for all ages. The open plan has plenty of room for everyone. Take a short drive to the beach or fish right off of the deck. The home is the perfect place for your next island vacation.

Canal house subject to availability; not valid on major holidays or spring break. Must be used by April 30, 2021.



Value
$2,500.00

Leading Bid
$1,650.00

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ITEM #103
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Zeiss Conquest HD Binoculars 8x42 -

The well-balanced Conquest® HD binoculars provide outstanding performance for ambitious nature observation. Uncompromising design, ergonomics and optics at an unbelievably attractive price. The Conquest HD 8x42 has been designed as a robust companion for use during twilight. Its 8x magnification ensures that the image remains steady. The HD lens system guarantees the best color reproduction for impressive observation. Whether you are watching birds or whales on the ocean or wildlife in woodland or rough terrain, the 8x magnification is the perfect solution. The special design also ensures that the 8x42 is extremely comfortable to use. The large focusing wheel is always close at hand, so that even at close range, for example, the smallest details can appear sharp and color neutral.

Details: https://www.zeiss.com/consumer-products/us/nature-observation/binoculars/conquest-hd/conquest-hd-8x42.html



Value
$1,000.00

Leading Bid
$1,000.00

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ITEM #104
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Private Wine Class at Nice Winery -

Enjoy a private, seated wine class for your group of 10-16 people at Nice Winery. Nice Winery's sommeliers and winemakers will guide you and your guests through a fun and educational tasting of six of their highly-rated rare wines from all over the world. Wines will be served with specialty meat and cheese.



Value
$800.00

Leading Bid
$400.00

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ITEM #105
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Ancient Prairie Tour with Don and Sarah -

Visit an ancient prairie just outside the 610 Loop with your guides, Don Verser and Sarah Flournoy. This 40-acre property along a powerline corridor has been managed as a horse-pasture since the 1930s and is not typically open to the public. Enjoy a tour for four people, including refreshments of your choice (coffee and pastries for a morning tour or wine and cheese for a sunset tour). Discover rare plants not typically found in an urban setting, greet the friendly horses, and maybe even find a lightning bug or two! Monk Parakeets and Red-tailed Hawks are also regularly observed. All ages welcome.



Value
$500.00

Leading Bid
$750.00

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ITEM #106
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GO Birding Ecotours -

Go on a private birding adventure with Glenn Olsen in the greater Houston/Galveston area, tailored for you and up to two friends. This full-day trip will include transportation and guide services. Binoculars provided if needed. Glenn Olsen leads natural history and birding tours with GOBirding Ecotours and teaches birding and nature related classes through Rice University's Continuing Studies Department, Houston Audubon, The Women’s Institute of Houston, and the Texas Master Naturalists. Glenn served on the Houston Audubon Board as Vice President of Education and is a co-founder of the Wildscapes Workshop through the Native Plant Society of Texas, where he served as president. He has led trips and/or given programs for the Texas Ornithological Society, Houston Audubon, the Native Plant Society of Texas, Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, Rockport Hummer/Bird Festival, Galveston FeatherFest, and many other groups and festivals. Glenn has led trips to such exotic locales as Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Amazon Rainforest, Costa Rica and the hottest birding locations in the U.S.



Value
$400.00

Leading Bid
$600.00

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ITEM #107
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A Day of Photography with Greg Lavaty -

Whether you're a novice or expert photographer, spending the day out in the field with Greg Lavaty will improve your photography. Greg is a well-known Texas photographer who leads birding trips in North, South and Central America. Greg will share some of his secrets and techniques to photographing birds in their environment. Go home with that winning shot worthy of a magazine cover.



Value
$400.00

Leading Bid
$600.00

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ITEM #108
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Give a Hoot! Package -

Do you give a hoot about owls? Enjoy a Houston Audubon Owl Prowl for four people and invite owls to your home with an Owl Shack by Cliff and Julie Shackelford.

Houston Audubon Owl Prowls begin with a lively program on owls, including a rare opportunity to meet our live, rehabilitated owls. Then, join us in search of wild owls on the wooded trails of either the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary or the Raptor and Education Center. Details: https://houstonaudubon.org/programs/all-age-groups/owl-prowls.html

The Owl Shack by Cliff and Julie Shackelford is made of cedar and should last years if handled gently. Cliff has been making Owl Shack owl houses since graduate school, but really got started during Christmas several years ago when he and Julie made over 35 as gifts for officemates. These owl houses were such a hit that folks started to order more for family and friends, and the interest kept growing. The design has evolved over the years to what they believe is the best owl house ever. Each and every Owl Shack owl house is handmade by Cliff and Julie in their garage. They are made out of a mix of new and retired fence wood. The old wood is perfect for owl houses — it still has considerable strength and integrity, it's lighter for mounting, and reusing it keeps the wood out of the local landfill. Best of all, the owls love it.

From the website: "Screech owls thrive in the backyards of both the city and countryside across most of the U.S. By day, they snooze in the wide-mouth entrance of these Owl Shacks, but by night they eat roaches, rodents, and other pesky critters. Not only are the owls enjoyable to watch as they sleep, they are also performing natural pest control. Having one take up residence in your backyard is an amazing sight to see. Being an owl landlord is easy and exciting. What a great neighbor to have."



Value
$100.00

Leading Bid
$150.00

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ITEM #109
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Bat Chat with Cullen Geiselman -

Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight and they have radiated into almost every habitat on earth. They are responsible for eating millions of night-flying insects, dispersing seeds in rain forests, and pollinating plants in deserts. Their great diverwity of feeding strategies is a testament to the adaptability of these nocturnal animals.

During her evening lecture, Cullen Ceiselman, PhD will give a brief summary of the world's 1,400+ bat species, their habitats, and life histories, dispel common bat myths as well as discuss the 11 bat species found in the Houston area. Afterwards, we will go on a "bat walk" at an Audubon sanctuary or even in your neighborhood to spotlight and detect bats using an ultrasonic bat detector. Alternatively, we can visit Waugh Street Bridge over Buffalo Bayou, the home of 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats that emerge at dusk to feed on insects over the greater Houston area.

Cullen Geiselman began her career studying bats in 1998 when she joined the staff of Bat Conservation International (BCI), where she taught bat research and land management workshops in Arizona, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, led natural history tours to Belize, Kenya, and Brazil, developed educational materials for children and adults, as well as presented numerous formal and informal lectures across the US. In an effort to learn more about bats and conservation methods, she entered graduate school at Columbia University in 2003. There she worked with botanist Scott Mori of the New York Botanical Garden investigating the role of bats in seed dispersal and pollination in lowland rainforests of South America. During this time she spent two years collecting data in an isolated research station in French Guiana and coauthored a book entitled Seed Dispersal by Bats in the Neotropics. In May 2010 she received her doctorate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Columbia University. Cullen continues her work with bats by serving as chair of the board of Bat Conservation International, collaborating with students in Africa and Latin America, and hosting the online Bat Eco-Interactions database.



Value
$350.00

Leading Bid
$525.00

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ITEM #110
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Family Portrait Package with Robin Jackson - 11x14 -

Robin Jackson Photography 11x14 Family Portrait package includes Consultation, Portrait Session, Portrait and one hour of retouching.
To see a slide show of Robin's portraiture, Go to:
http://rjackson1.photobiz.com/proofing  
access code: client (all lower case)
Robin's talent & service are superb!
She makes the portrait session fun and easy!
Pets are welcome
Our gift certificates do not expire
Our clients are never pressured to make an additional purchase.

Call Robin with any questions: 214-356-4969
Session can be at your home or at one of Robin's beautiful outdoor locations in Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco, Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Houston & surrounding areas.



Value
$500.00

Opening Bid
$95.00

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ITEM #111
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Family Portrait Package with Robin Jackson - 8x10 -

Robin Jackson Photography 8x10 Family Portrait package includes Consultation, Portrait Session, Portrait and one hour of retouching.
To see a slide show of Robin's portraiture, Go to:
http://rjackson1.photobiz.com/proofing  
access code: client (all lower case)
Robin's talent & service are superb!
She makes the portrait session fun and easy!
Pets are welcome
Our gift certificates do not expire
Our clients are never pressured to make an additional purchase.

Call Robin with any questions: 214-356-4969
Session can be at your home or at one of Robin's beautiful outdoor locations in Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco, Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Houston & surrounding areas.



Value
$350.00

Opening Bid
$75.00

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ITEM #112
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Altamira Orioles Framed Painting by Cin-Ty Lee - Add to your collection this lovely framed painting of Altamira Orioles on nest using the Gouache painting method by artist, Rice University Professor and Houston Audubon Board of Advisors Cin-Ty Lee. 17"x14"


Value
$500.00

Leading Bid
$750.00

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ITEM #113
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Private Photography Lesson with Kathy Adams Clark -

Hone your photography skills with a 4-hour private photography instruction with expert Kathy Adams Clark. Kathy is a photographer, naturalist, teacher and photo tour guide. Kathy will photograph with you in the field, review your photos, provide feedback and even work with you on Photoshop or Lightroom.



Value
$300.00

Leading Bid
$450.00

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ITEM #114
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Fishing the Flats with Pete Deichmann -

Take a friend wade fishing in the Bolivar Flats surf zone with Houston Audubon Coastal Sanctuaries Manager and expert fisherman, Pete Deichmann. Bring your poles, hats and waders. Bait included.



Value
$300.00

Leading Bid
$450.00

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ITEM #115
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Great Blue Heron Wood Photo Print by Joe V. Smith -

This mounted, ready-to-hang 24" x 36" photo print of a Great Blue Heron by Joe V. Smith is the perfect addition to any room. Photo taken at Aransas Pass Rookery on April 26, 2017. Photo is mounted on ½ inch wood and is ready for hanging.

Joe Smith is an experienced nature and landscape photographer with over 40 years experience in photography including medium format black and white which he began as a teenager. He began nature photography in 2000 and learned by attending nature photo workshops but primarily by participating in Texas wildlife photo contests.



Value
$500.00

Leading Bid
$750.00

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ITEM #116
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Half Day of Photography with Joe V. Smith -

Take your photography skills to the next level with a personalized photo session with Joe V. Smith. Spend a half-day in the field with hands-on instruction or focus on photography skills indoors. Bring your camera and get ready to learn and have fun!

Joe Smith is an experienced nature and landscape photographer with over 40 years experience in photography including medium format black and white which he began as a teenager. He began nature photography in 2000 and learned by attending nature photo workshops but primarily by participating in Texas wildlife photo contests.



Value
$300.00

Leading Bid
$310.00

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ITEM #117
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Beers of Houston Package -

Enjoy local beers with an assortment from each of these Houston breweries: Karbach Brewing Co., Saint Arnold's, Eureka Heights, and Platypus. Also included is a $100 gift card to Bakfish Brewing Co. who makes PALEican, a custom pale ale made for Houston Audubon!



Value
$250.00

Leading Bid
$260.00

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ITEM #118
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Well Done Cooking Class -

Enhance your cooking skills at a Well Done Cooking Class. Bring a friend and come hungry - you'll eat what you make that night! You can BYOB or buy wine and beers from Well Done.  Well Done Cooking Classes currently has over 80+ classes for all to enjoy. The 5 most popular menus are: Dinner in Rome; Dinner on the Bayou; Italian Dinner Party; Southern Dinner Party and Three Course Dinner - Short Ribs.

Before entering the culinary world, Well Done's Executive Chef Michelle Morris worked eight years for Ferguson Enterprises as a showroom consultant. Pitching the idea of a need for a corporate chef to her management team quickly landed her in culinary school. After receiving a degree in the Culinary Arts at the Art Institute of Houston, she became the Corporate Chef for Ferguson Enterprises. Chef Michelle’s passion for entertaining small and intimate groups led her to start a boutique catering company serving a niche in the culinary industry. Michelle and her husband, Darrell, purchased Well Done Cooking Classes in September 2018.



Value
$138.00

Leading Bid
$90.00

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ITEM #119
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Camp Allen Getaway -

Enjoy a 2-night stay for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) at Camp Allen’s Hotel & Conference Center in Navasota, Texas. Package includes hotel accommodations, 6 buffet meals and use of the beautiful 1,100-acre property complete with lakes, pools, hiking trails, athletic courts, fitness center and more!

Camp Allen has traversed over 150 miles and 99 years to reach where it is today. With its humble beginnings on 10 acres of land gifted by Rosa Lum Allen in 1921, Camp Allen has moved and expanded to 1,100 forested acres in Navasota with 88 full time employees. Throughout the journey, the heart remains the same: to create a space for people to come and find respite, and experience God in a new, illuminating way. Our desire is that each of our guests, campers, and students leave Camp Allen feeling renewed, inspired, and ready to come back again soon.



Value
$450.00

Leading Bid
$620.00

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ITEM #120
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Buffalo Bayou Boat Tour -

Take a private charter boat along Buffalo Bayou and enjoy a recreational and self-guided 1.5-hour cruise with cool breeze off the water as you escape from the city. The pontoon boat, Spirit of the Bayou, has a capacity for 21 guests age four or older but subject to COVID distancing restrictions.



Value
$400.00

Leading Bid
$520.00

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ITEM #121
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Texas Birding Getaway -

Enjoy a 3-night stay for 2 people in deluxe accommodations at the Alamo B&B, located in the heart of Texas birding country in Alamo, Texas. The package includes a birding tour from Birding, Nature and Photographic Tours who have provided tours since 1999. Travel in style with this beautiful Guatemalan weekender bag embroidered with a variety of birds.



Value
$560.00

Leading Bid
$500.00

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ITEM #122
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Wine and Dine at Home Package -

Dine at home with fresh ingredients and local favorites from Central Market or let them do the cooking with a variety of chef-prepared meals. Pair your meal with wine from the De La Montanya Estate Vineyards, including a white blend pinot noir and merlot.

Package includes $200 in gift cards to Central Market and 3 bottles of wine.



Value
$310.00

Leading Bid
$335.00

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ITEM #123
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Virus Vigil from a Dynamic Duo -

If you enjoy birds, art, and poetry, this dynamic duo is for you. From the people behind the daily Virus Vigil emails, we present Hill Country Birds & Waters: Art & Poems, and Isabelle Chapman's signature cigar box.

This book is a collaborative collection of art and poetry that celebrates the beauty of the birds that make their home between Austin and San Antonio. Jim Blackburn’s heartfelt poems are superbly paired with Isabelle Scurry Chapman’s tenderly rendered bird paintings. A paean to the peace of the Hill Country and the grace of its wildlife, this book also warns readers and calls out modern threats to spring-fed waterways and the birds that depend on them.

Also included is artist Isabelle Chapman's signature cigar box, this one with a Pileated Woodpecker, mixed media 9.5"x7.5".

Artist Statement: "I paint birds because they are amazing. They do magical, creative, strange things. The images I make are not realistic, but they are recognizable in a lyrical and idiosyncratic manner. I begin my images with small surfaces such as cigar boxes and book covers because there is a story in them. My process is layering images that inspire me. Drawing, painting, and collaging form more layers. My work is small because small things are precious to me. I care about birds. They are the harbingers of our environment and the first to react to its change."



Value
$550.00

Leading Bid
$825.00

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ITEM #124
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A Private Conversation with Victor Emanuel -

Enjoy a private one-hour Zoom conversation with Victor Emanuel for you and three friends on the topic of your choice. Also included is a copy of Victor's book, One More Warbler.

Mr. Emanuel is the founder, owner and manager of one of the largest American ecotourism guiding services and travel agencies (Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, or “VENT”, based in Austin), he is well known as a birder who has also sought to promote and protect the habitat that the birds he loves depend on. He joined the Outdoor Nature Club in Houston as a child, formed the first Audubon Christmas bird count in Texas in his teens, served as executive director of the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, and has served on the boards of a number of state and national conservation groups, including the Texas Ornithological Society, RARE Center for Tropical Conservation, Nature Conservancy of Texas, and other groups.



Value
$400.00

Leading Bid
$200.00

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ITEM #125
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Nature of Glen Rose Package -

Enjoy all that Glen Rose, Texas has to offer. Just west of the hill country, you’ll find great plains, dinosaur tracks, golden-cheeked warblers, giraffes, and the wide-open skies. Package includes one night free ($200 value) for a minimum 2-night stay at Inn on the River OR $250 credit for a minimum 2-night stay at High Hope Retreat featuring 4 vacation rentals and 20 miles of hiking trails on the property. Also included in the package is 1 car pass for 2 adults/2 children at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, round of golf for 2 at Squaw Valley Golf Course with two burger baskets, and a guided tour of of Dinosaur Valley State Park.



Value
$500.00

Leading Bid
$475.00

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ITEM #126
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Private Tour of Houston Audubon's Winters Bayou Sanctuary -

Get a private guided tour of Houston Audubon's Winters Bayou Sanctuary. Located in San Jacinto County, 11 miles northwest of the town of Cleveland, this 165-acre sanctuary is adjacent to the Sam Houston National Forest. It is in the transition zone between the Gulf Coastal Prairie, the Piney Woods, and the Blackland Prairie ecoregions. You and 3 guests will meet a member of Houston Audubon's staff at the entrance and enjoy a 2- hour guided hike on a mutually agreed upon date.



Value
$500.00

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$500.00

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ITEM #127
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Private Tour of Houston Audubon's Damuth Bird Sanctuary -

Get a private guided tour of Houston Audubon's Damuth Bird Sanctuary. A 617-acre sanctuary of mixed pine and hardwood bottomland habitat in Liberty County, this sanctuary was donated to Houston to be owned and managed as a wildlife sanctuary. Lying in the eastern portion of the San Jacinto River Basin where it drains into Tarkington Bayou, it is open to the public by appointment only. Get a rare glimpse of this protected forest area. You and your 3 guests will meet a member of Houston Audubon staff at the entrance and enjoy a 2-hour guided hike on a mutually agreed upon date.



Value
$500.00

Leading Bid
$775.00

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ITEM #128
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Bring the Birds to You -

Bring the birds to you with a nature presentation by Houston Audubon's Education Team. The program will run 45 minutes to an hour, and will feature live birds of prey and other animals, in addition to a presentation, hands-on displays, and animal recordings. This is perfect for a birthday party or just a special visit in your home.



Value
$250.00

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$435.00

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ITEM #130
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Private Bird Walk at Edith Moore Nature Sanctuary -

Come along on a guided nature walk at our beautiful Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary. Within its 17.5 acres of hardwood and pine forest and freshwater habitats, the sanctuary provides an important home for native wildlife. Resident mammals, migratory songbirds, shorebirds, birds of prey and a variety of species of reptiles and amphibians live within the sanctuary. Rummel Creek and the ponds of the sanctuary host resident bull frogs, as well as bronze and leopard frogs. Many turtles and several species of water snakes and aquatic invertebrates also call our creek and pond habitats home.



Value
$200.00

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$100.00

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ITEM #131
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Guided Boat Trip to North Deer Island -

Join us for a private cruise on the Seagull II to visit North Deer Island and witness the spectacle of spring migration. North Deer Island, co-owned by Houston Audubon, hosts the most productive waterbird breeding colony in Galveston Bay and can only be accessed by boat. Meet at 7:30am at Texas Seaport Museum for an 8am departure. Enjoy lunch on the boat and a guided tour by Houston Audubon’s own Conservation Director, Dr. Richard Gibbons.



Value
$175.00

Purchase Price
$175.00

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