The following properties have been purchased by or donated to the Audubon Outdoor Club to preserve land for local and migratory wildlife, demonstrate the effectiveness of native habitat rehabilitation, and provide an opportunity to enrich the academic knowledge of Corpus Christi residents via first-hand encounters with the coastal ecology. We invite all interested persons to please join us at these sanctuaries to observe the wildlife, absorb the subtle comforts of nature, take a reprieve from our busy lives, and learn more about the delicate ecosystem of the Coastal Bend. Please observe these rules on our privately-owned sanctuaries:

  • Leave with all of your refuse
  • Park only in designated parking areas or on the shoulder of the road
  • Keep pets on leashes
  • Do not bring firearms (concealed or otherwise), hunting or trapping equipment of any kind onto our property.
  • No bicycles, motorcycles or vehicles in the sanctuaries
  • Respect the facilities and structures that have been provided for your use
  • Do not damage the plantlife, which is being cultivated to restore a specific habitat
  • Sanctuaries are open from dawn to dusk

Groove-billed Ani -  Mary King


Held-Moran Nature Preserve is surrounded by residential areas and a fenced off portion of the U.S. Naval Landing Field at Waldron Road.  A thirty foot fire lane is maintained around the circumference of the ninety acre preserve while thick underbrush and coastal live oaks prohibit access to the interior. A variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer, javelina, bobcat, rabbits, fox and of course raccoon have been reported along the edge of the brush. Birds are abundant during spring migration. 

Berries - Shane Reader

Golden-fronted Woodpecker - Mary King

Lessor Goldfinch - Mary King

Packery Channel Oak Motte Sanctuary Sign - Shane Reader


The Packery Channel Oak Motte Sanctuary is a series of 20 residential lots that were either donated to or purchased by the Audubon Outdoor Club. There is an extensive boardwalk overlooking a seasonal pond and a large water feature.

The only remaining stands of coastal oaks on the entire 113 miles of Padre Island are found in the Packery Channel Sanctuary and the surrounding residential lots. These Live Oaks represent the first cluster of trees that northerly moving nearctic-neotropical migrants encounter after crossing or going around the Gulf of Mexico. Vegatation consisting of Bay Laurel, Green Briar, Mustang Grape, Lantana, and numerous species of coastal grasses provide shelter not only for migratory birds, but the residential summer and winter birds as well. Other residents such as reptiles, insects, and mammals also call the small diverse habitat home.

Cerulean, Golden-winged, Blue-winged, Worm-eating, and Swainson’s warblers are among the usual migrants seen. Rarities like the Sulfur-bellied Flycatcher, Gray Kingbird, and Black-whiskered Vireo have been sighted with over 300 species that migrate, rest and roost in the Packery Channel Sanctuary area.

Yellow-crowned and Black-crowned Night Herons, Snowy & Great Egrets, Yellow- legs, Green Herons, Purple Gallinules and Solitary Sandpipers are frequent visitors to the small pond.

Although small, only 3.7 acres, the Packery Channel Oak Motte sanctuary is a critical stopover habitat for migratory birds.

Black-throated Green-       Mary King

Packery Channel Boardwalk - Shane Reader

Red Saddlebag Dragonfly - Shane Reader