Partnership: Texas Colonial Waterbird Society (TCWS)

A coalition working to monitor, promote research and inform management of colonial waterbird populations in Texas.

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The TCWS meets once a year and meeting locations rotate around the Upper, Mid and Lower Coast regions. During even numbered years, TCWS holds a one day meeting. In odd numbered years a two day symposium is held.


  • Provide an index to nesting colonial waterbird population trends through standardized regular surveys and censuses
  • Stimulate interest and research
  • Gain a better understanding of general life histories and distribution of colonial waterbirds
  • Facilitate coordination and cooperation for colonial waterbird conservation by acting as a clearing house of information
  • Encourage management of habitats for the benefit of colonial waterbirds.

TCWS Board Members include representatives from:

  • Audubon Texas
  • Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program
  • Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
  • Houston Audubon
  • Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Center for Coastal Studies
  • Texas A&M University – Kingsville
  • Texas General Land Office
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Contact Information

Susan Heath

Coordinator for Upper Coast
Richard Gibbons

Coordinator for Central Coast
Brent Ortego

Coordinator for Lower Coast
Jonathan Moczygemba