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Kari Howard

Audubon Texas
Kari began her passion for the environment during a Hawaiian field study course that sparked a fire in the areas of coastal and marine life. After graduating from Texas A&M University at Galveston with a bachelors’ degree in Marine Biology, she has worked in research laboratories, wetland consulting and delineation, and outreach and education in environmental fields. In 2011, Kari, as the Habitat and Stewardship Coordinator, restored over 26 acres of barrier island dune habitat along Galveston Island and Follet’s Island with the community and school-age children. As an ACA Level 1 Instructor, she has guided kayak adventures around multiple bay systems. She enjoys working in wetlands, prairies and coastal stewardship. During her free time she is an avid gardener and encourages landscaping with Texas native plants that specifically attract birds and butterflies. Currently she works for Audubon Texas, Coastal Conservation Program and brings her skills, experience, and passion for conserving wild spaces and protecting wildlife to the Audubon team to develop a new citizen science program monitoring nesting waterbirds called Texas Estuarine Resource. Since the fall of 2014, the TERN program maintains 150 trained volunteer community science bird monitors at 247 sites throughout the Texas coast, contributing over 26,000 hours of volunteer service in bird monitoring, rookery management, public outreach and education. The data and findings from TERN are shared among professionals to help make better management decisions for bird habitat conservation.