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Going Wild in the City: Houston Audubon's Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

21 Jul 2013 3:30 PM | Anonymous
By: Matthew Jackson

The History-

The Houston Audubon Society  is one of the longest tenured wildlife organizations in the Houston area and is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society.  Established in 1969, the Houston chapter's mission is to promote conservation and appreciation of birds and wildlife habitat.  It does this by acquiring critical habitats, developing education programs, advocating, and land conservation projects.  Houston Audubon's efforts reach outside of the central Houston area into the surrounding 11-county area in order to accomplish their mission.

The Houston Audubon owns and maintains 17 sanctuaries in five different counties totaling 3,373 acres.  Most of the them are located along coastal areas including nearby High Island which is well known internationally as being one of the diverse places to see migrating birds.  Two sanctuaries are located in the city, with one of them serving as the organization's headquarters.  The headquarters at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary is located just outside the Beltway and south of Interstate 10 along Memorial Drive (map) and Rummel Creek.

Before becoming a nature sanctuary, the site was previously owned by Jesse and Edith Moore.  In 1932, the couple built a log cabin on their 140 acre property using pine trees from the local forest.  Edith Moore and her husband chose the location because it was 17 miles away from the traffic and noise of the city of Houston.  Over the years, urban development ultimately reached the Moore property where most of it was sold off to developers.  Edith held on to 17.5 acres near her cabin while still living in it.  Her passion for nature and preserving the site led her to bequeath the remaining property and her log cabin to the Houston Audubon following her death in 1975.

Activities and Opportunities-

Since 1975, Houston Audubon has preserved Edith Moore's log cabin in addition to developing trails, creating education programs, constructing an office, and performing outreach from the site.  Trails, boardwalks, bridges, and overlooks meander through the site offering the public a glimpse at what the Houston Memorial area was like before being developed.  The Audubon Docent Guild lead bird walks, log cabin tours, youth education programs, nature festivals, and volunteer work days at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary.  Most of these events are free and open to the public.   The site is included in the Texas Parks & Wildlife's Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail as a place to see a diverse collection of woodland birds.

Click here for more information about all of Houston Audubon's nature sanctuaries.

Why is it significant to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge?-

Houston Audubon has been promoting wildlife and conservation in Houston almost dating back to the passing of the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966.  At that time, Anahuac NWR and several other National Wildlife Refuges in the Houston area were established to conserve habitat for migratory birds and other native wildlife.  A decade later, the Edith L. Moore property became an "urban refuge" which provided a place for urban residents to learn and experience wildlife closer to home.  The site has played a key role for National Wildlife Refuges in the area by educating the public about the importance of wildlife and conserving land through Houston Audubon's education and outreach programs in the city.  The Friends of Anahuac Refuge have provided the same opportunities to our local community near the Refuge for over 16 years.  We will continue our mission of supporting, preserving, promoting, and enhancing Anahuac NWR locally and will continue to grow our outreach in the city.  MJ 

Edith L. Moore Log Cabin historical information from here

The Friends of Anahuac Refuge was established in 1997 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Anahuac, TX.

For questions, call the refuge office at 409-267-3337.


Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1348

Anahuac, TX 77514

Refuge Office Address:

4017 FM 563, Anahuac, TX 77514

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