1. American Oystercatchers
American Oystercatchers can be seen on mudflats or intertidal sand as they probe for sandworms, oysters, mussels, and sea urchins. They are vulnerable to oil washing up on shore, which could harm them and their prey species. Read More
3. Brown Pelican
Removed from the Endangered Species list in 2009 thanks to decades of hard work by conservationists, the Brown Pelican nests on island sanctuaries in Galveston Bay. They hunt for fish on open water making them particularly vulnerable to oil spills. Read More
4. Red Knots
Red Knots complete one of the longest migrations of any bird, from the Arctic to southern South America and back each year. They depend on coastal habitat, including Texas’ Bolivar Flats for food along their arduous migration route. Read More
5. Reddish Egret
The Reddish Egret is a regal wading bird that resides in Texas year-round. Impacts from the Galveston Bay oil spill could affect this species’ breeding season, which takes place from early March through late July. Read More
6. Ruddy Turnstones
Ruddy Turnstones are long-distance migrants that feed on insects and aquatic invertebrates along beaches and jetties in Texas during the winter and on migration. Some oiled turnstones have already been found on the Bolivar Peninsula. Read More
Migratory Sanderlings run close to the waves to gather crustaceans and insects, making them vulnerable to oil washing ashore. Houston Audubon Society has already found oiled Sanderlings in surveys following the spill. Read More
9. Snowy Plover
Snowy Plovers, an Audubon species of concern, winter and migrate along Galveston Bay beaches and tidal flats, where they hunt for small invertebrates. Like other shorebirds, Snowy Plovers are vulnerable to coming into contact with oil that washes ashore. Read More
10. Wilson’s Plover
Wilson’s Plover has a global population of only a few thousand birds, many of which nest in Important Bird Areas along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Audubon Christmas Bird Count data show a sharp drop in Wilson’s Plover numbers since the 1960s. Read More
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