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FOR NESTING BIRDS & SEA TURTLES

Texas coasts are critical habitats for nesting season. Every Spring, thousands of shorebirds and sea turtles migrate to Texas beaches to lay their eggs. Unfortunately, Texas beaches also accumulate trash ten times faster than any other Gulf state. Marine debris that litters the coast causes great obstacles and hazards to these species and their young. Our mission is to clean Texas' upper coastlines so that nesting birds and sea turtles have a greater chance of success and survival.

Join NestFest to remove marine debris from important coastal habitats that are used by beach nesting bird and sea turtle species!

Hosted by SPLASh, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research, and the Galveston Bay Area Chapter - Texas Master Naturalists.

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TEXAS SHOREBIRDS

Our beaches are important nesting areas for birds that lay their eggs right on the sand. These beach-nesting birds include the Wilson’s Plover, Snowy Plover, Least Tern, Black Skimmer, and Willet. They use all sections of the beach, from the water’s edge to the dunes, to lay their eggs and raise their chicks. This cleanup will help provide a safe, clean beach for the birds and their chicks before the nesting season kicks off.

TEXAS SEA TURTLES

Texas is home to 5 out of 7 sea turtle species in the world, several of which nest on Texas beaches. From April through July, the most critically endangered species in the world, and the Texas state sea turtle, the Kemp’s Ridley, will come on shore to lay their eggs along our dune line. They will quickly return to the water, leaving the eggs behind. Marine debris on the beach has had significant impacts to our nesting sea turtles, so keeping our shorelines clean is one of the most important things we can do to help this species recover. 
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NESTFEST 2024

Date: March 12, 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Locations: Sites along Galveston Island, Follet's Island, and Bolivar Peninsula
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NESTFEST 2023

NestFest began in 2023 covering 12 sites along Galveston Island, Follet's Island, and Bolivar Peninsula. Thank you to all volunteers, land managers, and sponsors who made NestFest 2023 possible!

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DOCUMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERS

To save time at check-in on the day of the cleanup, review the safety documents below and fill out a waiver for each person participating in the cleanup. If you have any questions please email splashtx@abcbirds.org.

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SPONSOR

PARTNERS

NestFest is made possible thanks to the following organizations.

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SUPPORT

NestFest is made possible thanks to contributions from the following sponsors.

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Sponsor NestFest through in-kind and monetary donations. We appreciate your support!

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