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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018

    Thursday, October 17, 2019

  • The Briar Club

    The Astorian

    2500 Summer St
    Houston, TX 77007

  • 6:30 - 7:30 PM

    6:30 - 7:30 PM

    Silent Auction

  • 7:30 - 9:30 PM

    7:30 - 9:30 PM

    Dinner and Program

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We are excited to announce our Golden Anniversary Gala, celebrating 50 years of bird and wildlife conservation. This year’s gala is the most important fundraising event of Houston Audubon’s landmark 50th Anniversary. Gala proceeds will benefit the organization in its work to ensure special natural places, critical habitat, and resilient bird populations will be a legacy for future generations to enjoy.

For the past 50 years, Houston Audubon has been the voice for birds, and we’ve served the Houston-Gulf Coast region through land conservation, habitat restoration, education and advocacy. At this year’s gala, we will celebrate Houston Audubon’s journey, its achievements, and the dedicated donors, volunteers, staff, and partners whose collective efforts have led us to being the regional avian conservation leader we are today. 

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Featured Items

Stunning Canyon Lake House on Private Cove

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Stunning Canyon Lake House on Private Cove -

Spend the week birding, fishing, swimming and relaxing in this gorgeous lake house in Canyon Lake! This beautifully designed custom home is perfectly situated at the top of a private cove on Canyon Lake. The spectacular views can be enjoyed from multiple decks.

The upper level has a large family room with a rock fireplace, large granite kitchen, dining room & master bedroom with luxury bath. The lower level has a game room with pool table, two bedrooms and 2 ½ baths. The guest house has 1 bedroom, full bath, kitchen & living area.

This stunning lake house is the perfect place for a super fun getaway with your friends or family. The main house sleeps 8-10 comfortably and the guest house sleeps 2.

Book by October 17, 2020. Confirm dates with owner. 6-nights stay for up to 12 people.



Value
$5,000.00

Leading Bid
$3,000.00

Time Left
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Chestnut-sided Warblers by Greg J. Eigenberger

ITEM# 502
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Chestnut-sided Warblers by Greg J. Eigenberger -

Alive in Wood - Chestnut-sided Warblers wood carving by Greg J. Eigenberger Behold this Gary J. Eigenberger original life-size carving of a pair of Chestnut-sided Warblers by Gary J. Eigenberg is a world-champion wildfowl artist. His titles include placing in the top 3 Best in World title eleven times, in the Masters Class thirteen 1st Best of Show, and in 2002 and 2013 was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the Ward World Wildfowl Carving Championships. In 2006, 2009 and 2012, he won the Best in World titles.

Oil on Tupelo 18"Hx16"Wx13"D.



Value
$3,000.00

Opening Bid
$2,000.00

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The Great Galveston Getaway

ITEM# 503
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The Great Galveston Getaway -

Get ready for your weekend getaway on Galveston Island! Enjoy a 2-night stay at a canal house in Jamaica Beach with 6 bedrooms and 4 ½ baths. Accommodates up to 16 people. Private pool, guest house, expansive deck, great fishing & more!

This canal front Galveston vacation home is perfect for multiple families or couples with 3 king bedrooms (2 in the main house, 1 in the guest house), 2 queen bedrooms, and a ground level bedroom with a twin trundle and attached bath. Spacious rooms, a deck that extends around the home, and a resort-like poolside retreat with multiple seating areas & mature tropical landscaping are perfect for all ages.

The open plan has plenty of room for everyone. Take a short drive to the beach or fish right off of the deck. The home is the perfect place for your next island vacation. The canal house is subject to availability and expires on 5/21/20. Unavailable 3/13/20 - 3/22/20 and 4/9/20 - 4/13/20.

This trip for 4 people is paired with a guided bird trip with Alice Anne O'Donell and Mort Voller. Spend a day experiencing the birds at Lafitte's Cove Nature Preserve, Galveston Island State Park, Dos Vacas Bird Sanctuary, and more.

Also, enjoy a show at the Grand 1894 Opera House. Included is a $50 coupon to a 2020 Season Coupon Show. The Grand is one of the few remaining theatres of its era in Texas and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. As further recognition of its importance to the citizens of Texas, in 1993 the 73rd Texas Legislature proclaimed The Grand “The Official Opera House of Texas“. This coupon is for general admission and expires on August 31, 2020.



Value
$2,350.00

Opening Bid
$1,200.00

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Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge in Belize

ITEM# 504
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Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge in Belize -

Welcome to the Jungle! This 4-night all-inclusive stay at Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge is the perfect combination of private and family-style accommodations, providing an intimate setting for nature lovers of all ages. The Macal River is just steps away with the best beach around, where guests can swim, relax, and enjoy unlimited use of tubes and canoes. Adjacent to the resort grounds is the 45-acre Belize Botanic Gardens. The Gardens connect to an additional 37 acres of tropical broad-leaf forest, where you'll find an extensive system of hiking trails, which continues on to destinations beyond the property, including the Maya archaeological site Xunantunich. Don’t forget about the Treehouse Bar, where guests can eat, drink, and if they’re lucky, visit with the neighborhood toucans or kinkajous.

Did you know that over 300 bird species have been recorded within 5 miles of Sweet Songs Jungle Lodge? The Cayo District is well known for its abundant bird life, and the Lodge could not be better placed for Birders with its rich mixture of habitats and equally varied avifauna. Set in secondary growth rainforest on the edge of the Macal River, the lodge offers an unparalleled opportunity to get close to forest birds. Each morning, the lodge sets out a tempting plate of fruit and throughout the day the birds will come in and feed just a few feet from guests at the Treehouse Bar. Early morning is best and one of our bird guides is often on hand to help with identification over tea and coffee. Species such as Collared Aracari, Wood Thrush, Blue-crowned Mot-mot and several tanagers are regulars at the fruit table, usually in numbers, bickering over the melon. Other visitors to the fruit include Gray Catbird, Clay-colored Robin, and the noisy Plain Chachalacas, who can also double as your daily wake-up call!

Offer includes room and all-inclusive package for up to two guests in a King or Two Queen Casita with a complimentary 30-minute guided bird walk. The all-inclusive package includes three meals per day, local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, Belize Botanic Gardens access, hiking trail access, exclusive use of river tubes, canoes, and bikes, and land transportation to/from International Airport.

International airfare to BZE Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport, commuter airfare to San Ignacio (if desired), additional excursions, SCUBA diving, fishing, and premium alcohol are not included in the package. Winner has free reign over the calendar except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s week. Winner must stay within one year of the auction date.  When booking your stay, make sure to ask about additional excursions or adding on additional discounted nights!

Expires 10/17/2020



Value
$2,140.00

Leading Bid
$2,000.00

Time Left
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Binoculars, Birder's Haven & Birding with Richard Gibbons

ITEM# 505
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Binoculars, Birder's Haven & Birding with Richard Gibbons -

Take your birding to the next level with this crazy fun package. Stay in walking distance of all the birding action at the Birder’s Haven located near the Winnie Street entrance of Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary in High Island, Texas. Valid for 3 nights, April 2, 3 and 4, 2020. The cottage accommodates 4 guests.

During your stay, spend a day birding at High Island with Houston Audubon’s Conservation Director, Dr. Richard Gibbons. On your outing, you will be led through Smith Oaks and other High Island sanctuaries seeking spring migratory birds and have access to a behind the scenes perspective of current and future management and projects.

Bring along your new pair of Vortex Razor HD 8x42 binoculars for the perfect birding experience. These binoculars are bright and crystal-clear thanks to premiun, extra-low dispersion glass, and they boast a generous 7.4° field of view. In summary, they are amazing!



Value
$1,900.00

Leading Bid
$1,200.00

Time Left
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Biodiversity Survey

ITEM# 506
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Biodiversity Survey -

Get the chance of a lifetime to have Houston Audubon's Conservation Director, Dr. Richard Gibbons, and a team of experts join you on your property for a Biodiversity Survey. Our experts will help identify birds, plants, and other wildlife. In this survey you will get a birds-eye-view of your property with footage taken from Houston Audubon’s drone. This survey regularly provides unexpected conservation outcomes for the landowners. What surprises await for your property?

Expires: December 2020, cooler months best



Value
$2,000.00

Leading Bid
$1,250.00

Time Left
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Sunset on the Prairie with Sarah and Don

ITEM# 514
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Sunset on the Prairie with Sarah and Don -

Enjoy Lawther Deer Park Prairie with prairie conservationists Sarah Flournoy and Don Verser. Walk among the ancient grasses and flowers, listen for the chorus of frogs and insects, and discover the birds that are part of this unique urban prairie system. As the sun sets on the prairie, relax on the observations deck with a selection of fine wine and cheeses...maybe even see a coyote off in the distance.

Expires 10/17/2020. Tour is 2-3 hours and is valid for 4 people. Date to be arranged.



Value
$500.00

Leading Bid
$250.00

Time Left
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Private Wine Class at The Nice Winery

ITEM# 516
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Private Wine Class at The Nice Winery -

Enjoy a private, seated wine class for your group of 10-16 people at The Nice Winery. The Nice Winery's sommeliers and winemakers will guide you and your guests through a fun and educational tasting of six of their highly-rated rare wines from all over the world. Wines will be served with specialty meat and cheese.

Expires 10/30/2020. Valid for 10 - 16 people. Classes are Mon-Fri at 5:30 PM or Sat 12 PM or 3 PM. Book in advance to ensure availability.



Value
$800.00

Leading Bid
$475.00

Time Left
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GO Birding Ecotours with Glenn Olsen

ITEM# 522
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GO Birding Ecotours with Glenn Olsen -

Allow Glenn Olsen, Houston Audubon’s own birding class leader, to take you and up to 2 of your friends on a private birding adventure tailored for you in the greater Houston/Galveston area. This full-day trip will include transportation and guide services. Binoculars provided if needed.

Dates are subject to Glenn’s schedule and availability so contact him early to arrange your birding day.

Glenn Olsen leads natural history and birding tours with GOBirding Ecotours and teaches birding and nature related classes through Rice University's Continuing Studies Department, Houston Audubon, The Women’s Institute of Houston, and the Texas Master Naturalists. Glenn served on the Houston Audubon Board as Vice President of Education and is a co-founder of the Wildscapes Workshop through the Native Plant Society of Texas, where he served as president. He has led trips and/or given programs for the Texas Ornithological Society, Houston Audubon, the Native Plant Society of Texas, Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, Rockport Hummer/Bird Festival, Galveston FeatherFest, and many other groups and festivals. Glenn has led trips to such exotic locales as Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Amazon Rainforest, Costa Rica and the hottest birding locations in the U.S. Contact Glenn at h.glenn.olsen@gmail.com or 832-517-2478.

Expires 12/31/2020. Valid for 3 people.



Value
$400.00

Leading Bid
$400.00

Time Left
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Stay Cool - Yeti Cooler and Kayaking

ITEM# 524
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Stay Cool - Yeti Cooler and Kayaking -

Treat your friends or family to a kayaking trip for a special occasion or just for fun. This package of 10 kayak rentals and 5 gift vouchers ($50 value each) will have you covered for your holiday gifts! Rental and gift vouchers expire 10/16/2020. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please contact the Houston ACK location to reserve your kayaks.

Gift vouchers are for $50 off a $50 purchase, exclusions may apply.  

Be sure to bring along your super cool new Yeti Tundra Haul 50-quart cooler on wheels. Some would argue the Yeti cooler is the best around. Yeti believes... "The YETI Tundra® 50 will be the envy of your tailgate or the staple for your campsite. We made this Tundra extra deep so you can stack ‘em high, and the T-Rex™ Lid Latches make sure you’ll never see a busted latch again. Our rotomolded construction makes this cooler virtually indestructible — it can take a serious beating without sacrificing on performance. Note: All Tundra coolers come with one dry goods basket."



Value
$1,150.00

Leading Bid
$500.00

Time Left
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Half-day Photo Instruction with Kathy Adams Clark

ITEM# 536
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Half-day Photo Instruction with Kathy Adams Clark -

Hone your photography skills alongside an expert for 4 hours of private photography instruction with Kathy Adams Clark. Kathy is a photographer, naturalist, teacher and photo tour guide. Kathy will photograph with you in the field, review your photos and provide feedback and even work with you on Photoshop or Lightroom. Expires 10/17/2020. This session can be tailored to meet your photographic needs regardless of skill level.



Value
$300.00

Leading Bid
$270.00

Time Left
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Complete set of High Island Patches

ITEM# 545
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Complete set of High Island Patches -

Enjoy this complete set of 31 Houston Audubon High Island patches, from 1989 - 2019. This is one of only a few complete sets left! Cherish the history and progression of Houston Audubon with this special collection.

Frame not included. 



Value
$550.00

Opening Bid
$275.00

Time Left
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