Chester Island (formally known as Sundown Island)

Panorama of the new beach creation. View the "Fall 2014 Dredging" photos. Photo credit: Tim Wilkinson

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Fall 2014 Dredging

The Corps of Engineers and the Orion Marine Group have been working wi ...

Updated: Oct 26, 2014 5:36am PST

March 2014 Oil Spill Response

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

Updated: Jun 09, 2014 11:01pm PST

2014 Annual Census

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

Updated: Jun 06, 2014 11:20am 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

Your Bio

Enjoy our photos by clicking on the category links at the top of the page (Annual Census, Workdays, etc.).

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
Be sure to visit the Sundown Island Website!