Date: 9/28/17 9:45 am
From: Jerry Davis <jwdavis...>
Subject: Bird Habitat Hurricane Damage Along the Texas Coast
I got a reply back from Houston Audubon Society about some of the damage to habitat along the Texas Coast. There are always trade-offs with such an event with plus and minus changes. I hope they can find enough members not dealing with their own damage to help with needed actions. Most of us will not live long enough to see some of the minuses repaired. The next time we go to the coast we can make our own assessment. On the Florida side, all of the 44 Snail kite nests sites were destroyed and salt water intrusion into fresh water.

Jerry Wayne Davis
Hot Springs, AR

From: Richard Gibbons
Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2017 10:00 AM
To: <jwdavis...> ; Houston Audubon info
Subject: RE: Habitat Hurricane Damage

Hi Jerry Wayne,

I don’t believe there is anything systematic happening to assess coast-wide wooded damage, but certainly local groups are making their assessments and doing what they can to mitigate loss. For example, in Port Aransas where storm surge made its way across Mustang Island, the freshwater impoundments where birding spots tend to co-occur are experiencing major stress due to the water now being brackish. Salinity of 19 ppt is stressing and killing some mesquites so there is an effort to get that water pumped out to save the trees. The upside of this is that it’s also killing woody invasives. Surge on the Upper Texas Coast was much less of a problem and we aren’t seeing much of this. We’ve got happy Bald Cypress that have waited decades for an inundation and the creeks and waterways are quite cleared out. It’s a good opportunity to assess the resilience of these systems.

Trying to find the silver lining,


Conservation Director

From: <jwdavis...> [mailto:<jwdavis...>]
Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 7:01 PM
To: Houston Audubon info
Subject: Habitat Hurricane Damage

It would seem that the extended water covering trees and shrubs due to the storm surge and hurricane will cause a significant kill and habitat loss. Is any one doing an assessment to determine the extent of the loss and what is the estimates?

Jerry Wayne Davis

Hot Springs, AR

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