Dredge spoil islands in Lower Laguna Madre with low growing shrubs, mangroves, grasses, and extensive areas of bare ground. Very important nesting island in Lower Laguna Madre for Reddish Egrets, Black Skimmers, and several tern species of conservation concern with thousands of individuals nesting each year.

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Ornithological Summary

Very important nesting island in Lower Laguna Madre for Reddish Egrets, Black Skimmers, and several tern species of conservation concern including Gull-billed Tern, Royal Tern and Sandwich Terns with thousands of individuals each year.

Conservation Issues

Susceptible to occasional human disturbance and erosion, storm surge, and sea-level rise. Also requires strict control of exotic invasive grasses.

Ownership

Leased and managed by Audubon Texas as a colonial waterbird sanctuary. Owned by Texas General Land Office.

Habitat

Dredge spoil islands with low growing shrubs, mangroves, grasses, and extensive areas of bare ground consisting of crushed shell and sand.

Land Use

Managed by Audubon Texas as a colonial waterbird sanctuary.

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