Port Bolivar Bird Sanctuaries - Bolivar Flats Site Profile

Name: Port Bolivar Bird Sanctuaries - Bolivar Flats Acres: 1,796
State: US-TX Status: Recognized
Counties: Chambers, Anderson, Galveston Priority: Global
Confirmed Criteria: A4i,D4v,D3,D1,D4i,A1,D4vii,B1
Criteria Proposed
Criteria Confirmed
Assessment Date
American AvocetD4iA4i1/1/2008
American Golden-Plover   
American Oystercatcher   
Brown Pelican   
Clapper RailD1,D3  
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Site Description
Owned and managed by Houston Audubon, at first glance you might not see the special qualities of Bolivar Flats, a unique area combining salt marsh, mud flats and beach, each habitat quite different from the other. Every year hundreds of thousands of birds discover that Bolivar Flats is a special place. Here they find a resting place and nesting habitat where a smorgasbord of invertebrates and fish is spread. Decomposing plant material derived from the salt marsh and delivered by the coastal currents feeds millions of small worms, shrimp and clams which live in the mud flats. Thousands of birds, small fish and crabs hunt the shallows for these invertebrates and small fish that venture into deeper water. For IBA map, click here.
Ornithological Summary
Bolivar Flats has been recognized by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network as an important resting and feeding location for migrating shorebirds from throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Conservation Issues
Land Use
Susceptible to storm surge damage from hurricanes. Also, the hydrology of the site is threatened by development.

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