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The Past, Present and Future of the Audubon Texas Coastal Program
January 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for our first member meeting of 2016!
Doors open at 6:30PM.
Free for Travis Audubon members and one guest; $10 for non-members.
Amanda Hackney, Coastal Senior Conservation Biologist for Audubon Texas, will discuss the history of colonial waterbirds and their decline, the initial founding of National Audubon, the first Audubon activities in Texas, and several coastal “comebacks.” She will talk about current waterbird populations in Texas and ongoing Coastal Program activities including the recent launch of Audubon’s citizen science program.
Amanda Hackney is a native of Nacogdoches County and developed an early love of the outdoors exploring the Pineywoods with her father. She received her BS from Louisiana State University, double majoring in Wildlife Ecology and Animal Science. She left Texas after graduation to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge. She then attended Clemson University and completed a MS in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. After a brief stint with the Fort Worth Zoo’s Education Department, she accepted a position as the Coastal Stewardship Program Manager for Audubon Texas based out of Texas City. Currently Amanda is involved with many projects concerning colonial waterbirds. She is completing a Texas rookery island conservation plan, helping to manage the Texas Colonial Waterbird Society (TCWS) statewide database, writing proposals and seeking funding to restore rookery islands in danger from erosion damage, managing several Audubon coastal wardens across the coast, maintaining a GIS database and inventory of colonial waterbird islands across the state, and assisting partners with local projects. In addition to all this she actively manages Audubon properties in Galveston Bay and completes the annual TCWS surveys for these islands and many others throughout the upper and mid-coast areas.