Chester Island (formally known as Sundown Island)

It seems as these two Brown Pelican fledglings posed for Peggy. Photo credit: Peggy Wilkinson

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2014 Annual Census

2014 Annual Census of Audubon's Sundown Island Bird Sanctuary. The cou ...

Updated: Jun 06, 2014 11:20am PST

March 2014 Oil Spill Response

Chester Island is completely surrounded by orange containment boom. Th ...

Updated: Jun 09, 2014 11:01pm PST

Rookery Visit, April 25, 2014

As breeding season kicks off, Tim Wilkinson, his wife Peggy, Diane Nun ...

Updated: Jun 02, 2014 10:18am PST

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Chester Island (formally known as Sundown Island) is a low-lying, seventy-acre island built from dredge spoil as a nesting site for colonial waterbirds such as Brown Pelicans, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Reddish Egrets, and more. It is located near Port O'Connor, Texas. The Island, managed by the National Audubon Society's Texas Coastal Sanctuaries program, is one of 33 islands that stretch from Mexico to Louisiana.

Visit the Chester Island website For more information or to sign up as a volunteer contact: Tim Wilkinson, Chester Island Sanctuary Warden at

For information about the photos, contact Marcy Spears, Chester Island Webmaster

Gallery Categories

Other Visits

7 galleries with 520 photos

Updated: Jun 09, 2014 11:01pm PST

Birds of Chester Island

23 galleries with 865 photos

Updated: Jun 09, 2014 8:23am PST

Annual Census

10 galleries with 258 photos

Updated: Jun 06, 2014 11:20am PST


4 galleries with 119 photos

Updated: Jun 02, 2014 8:38am PST


17 galleries with 775 photos

Updated: Dec 14, 2012 1:27pm PST


9 galleries with 129 photos

Updated: May 01, 2011 2:23pm PST

Be sure to visit the Sundown Island Website!