Chester Island (formally known as Sundown Island)

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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 http://www.sundownisland.org. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer contact: Tim Wilkinson, Chester Island Sanctuary Warden at twsword1@gmail.com

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

As the oil spill in Galveston Bay expands, the U. S. Coast Guard places booms to guard the shores and bird habitats in Matagorda Bay.

Galleries

March 2014 Oil Spill Response

As the oil spill in Galveston Bay expands, the U. S. Coast Guard place ...

Updated: Mar 26, 2014 6:19pm PST

Winter 2013-14

Removing the old dock.

Updated: Feb 23, 2014 2:34pm PST

Fall 2013

Visit to the island; Fall residents; Condition of the old dock.

Updated: Feb 23, 2014 8:22am PST

Summer 2013

Updated: Feb 23, 2014 8:21am PST

Spring 2013

Updated: Feb 23, 2014 4:43am PST

2012 Annual Census

2012 Annual Census of Audubon's Sundown Island Bird Sanctuary.

Updated: Jul 24, 2013 6:20pm PST

2013 Annual Census

2013 Annual Census of Audubon's Sundown Island Bird Sanctuary.

Updated: Jun 13, 2013 4:42pm PST

Reddish Egret

Updated: Jun 12, 2013 6:56am PST

Brown Pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis

Updated: Jun 12, 2013 6:51am PST

Great Egret

Updated: Jun 12, 2013 6:41am PST

Cattle Egret

Updated: May 16, 2013 10:48am PST

Roseate Spoonbill

Updated: May 16, 2013 10:27am PST

Great Blue Heron

Updated: May 16, 2013 10:27am PST

Tricolored Heron

Updated: May 16, 2013 10:20am PST

Royal Tern

Updated: May 16, 2013 10:16am PST

Neotropic Cormorant

Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Updated: May 16, 2013 10:16am PST

Black Skimmer

Updated: May 16, 2013 10:16am PST

Laughing Gull

Updated: May 16, 2013 10:08am PST

Gull-billed Tern

Updated: May 16, 2013 9:49am PST

Snowy Egret

Updated: May 16, 2013 9:47am PST

Little Blue Heron

Updated: May 16, 2013 9:47am PST

Sandwich Tern

Updated: May 16, 2013 9:41am PST

White Ibis

Updated: May 16, 2013 9:33am PST

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Updated: May 16, 2013 9:28am PST

Rookery Visit, April 27, 2013

Spring visit to check out the breeding activity of the island's coloni ...

Updated: May 16, 2013 9:00am PST

CalendarPhotos

Photos used for a 2009 Sundown Island calendar.

Updated: May 16, 2013 8:50am PST

Rookery Visit, April 5, 2013

Spring visit to check out the breeding activity of the island's coloni ...

Updated: May 01, 2013 2:52am PST

2012 Fall Workday

2012 Fall Workday - sponsored by Formosa Plastics

Updated: Dec 14, 2012 1:27pm PST

2012 Mini Workday Nov. 3

Updated: Nov 18, 2012 7:09pm PST

Rookery Visit, April 28, 2012

Spring visit to check out the breeding activity of the island's coloni ...

Updated: May 02, 2012 6:14pm PST

Rookery Visit, March 22, 2012

Spring visit to check out the breeding activity of the island's coloni ...

Updated: May 01, 2012 10:29pm PST

Dock and Windmill

Updated: May 01, 2012 9:32pm PST

Ponds

Updated: May 01, 2012 7:41pm PST

2012 Memorial Dedication to Warden Chester Smith

During the Spring Workday on February 25, 2012, the Audubon Bird Sanct ...

Updated: Mar 02, 2012 5:15am PST

2012 Spring Workday

Energy XXI sponsored the annual workday on Chester Island February 25, ...

Updated: Feb 27, 2012 9:34pm PST

Winter 2011-2012

Updated: Jan 24, 2012 4:29am PST

Northeast end of Sundown Island

The northeast corner of the island is north of the windmill and dock; ...

Updated: May 01, 2011 2:23pm PST

Windmill/Dock Area, Northeast

Photos of the northeast end of the island near the windmill and dock t ...

Updated: May 01, 2011 1:57pm PST

2011 Annual Census

Updated: May 01, 2011 8:54am PST

Rookery Visit, March 26, 2011

Spring visit to check out the breeding activity of the island's coloni ...

Updated: Apr 20, 2011 8:27pm PST

South end of Sundown Island

The erosion on the south side of the island has been pretty severe. I ...

Updated: Feb 23, 2011 3:16am PST

2011 Spring Workday

Updated: Feb 23, 2011 3:04am PST

2010 Fall Workday

Updated: Nov 09, 2010 7:12pm PST

2010 Annual Census

2010 Annual Census of Audubon's Sundown Island Bird Sanctuary.

Updated: Jun 03, 2010 4:54am PST

2010 Spring Workday

Updated: Apr 08, 2010 4:09am PST

2007 Annual Census

These photos were taken on Sundown Island two weeks before the annual ...

Updated: Jan 13, 2010 5:07am PST

2009 Fall Workday

Devon Energy Company volunteers hold an annual workday on Sundown Isla ...

Updated: Nov 25, 2009 2:20pm PST

2009 Annual Census

2009 Annual Bird Census for Colonial Waterbirds on the Audubon Bird Sa ...

Updated: Jun 27, 2009 7:29pm PST

2008 Fall Workday

Devon Energy Company volunteers hold an annual workday on Sundown Isla ...

Updated: Nov 14, 2008 3:59am PST

2008 Annual Census

The colonial-waterbird 2008 annual-census takers were: Chester Smith, ...

Updated: Jun 17, 2008 8:18pm PST

2008 Spring Workday—Volunteers

Seventeen volunteers assembled for the 2008 Sundown Island S ...

Updated: Mar 25, 2008 3:17am PST

2008 Spring Workday—Birds

Volunteers landed at the Southeast end of the Island to the ...

Updated: Mar 23, 2008 7:08pm PST

2007 Fall Workday, Condition of the Island

Updated: Oct 28, 2007 6:34pm PST

2007 Fall Workday

Updated: Oct 28, 2007 4:30am PST

2007 Spring Workday

Chester Smith, Warden of Sundown Island and David Newstead, Manager of ...

Updated: Mar 30, 2007 4:01am PST

2006 Fall Workday

Approximately 16 volunteers showed up for the Devon sponsored 2006 Fal ...

Updated: Nov 05, 2006 8:02pm PST

2006 Annual Census

2006 Annual Bird Count on Audubon Bird Sanctuary, Sundown Island, Port ...

Updated: Jun 09, 2006 4:03am PST

2006 Spring Workday

These photos were taken at the Sundown Island Spring Workday. Voluntee ...

Updated: Jun 09, 2006 3:58am PST

2005 Fall Workday

Fall 2005 Workday on Sundown Island

Updated: Nov 03, 2005 9:01pm PST

Northwest end of Sundown Island

The Northwest/West side of the island is usually pretty calm. Most of ...

Updated: Jun 27, 2005 9:20pm PST

Southeast end of Sundown Island

Various views of the southeast corner of Sundown Island; these photos ...

Updated: Jun 27, 2005 9:01pm PST

After Hurricane Claudette

These photos were taken a day or two after Hurricane Claudette pounded ...

Updated: Jun 27, 2005 8:56pm PST

North end of Sundown Island

This is the end of the island that many of the Geotubes and brick mats ...

Updated: Jun 27, 2005 8:48pm PST

Satellite, Survey and Location Maps

Satellite images, GPS survey of island and location maps.

Updated: Jun 27, 2005 8:43pm PST

Father's Day on the Island

A quick trip to the island on Father's Day weekend found juveniles and ...

Updated: Jun 19, 2005 9:22pm PST

2005 Annual Census

These photos were taken on Sundown Island the day of the annual bird c ...

Updated: Jun 17, 2005 4:40am PST

2005 Spring Workday

Spring 2005 Workday on Sundown Island

Updated: Mar 01, 2005 10:38pm PST

Be sure to visit the Sundown Island Website!