Causeway Island Rookery Video Monitoring
Causeway Island, in Nueces Bay, supports thousands of pairs of nesting colonial waterbirds each year, making it valuable habitat for many imperiled species in the region. A geo-textile tube was installed to prevent erosion around the perimeter of the island in 2002 using funds from the Texas General Land Office Coastal Erosion Planning and Response Act (CEPRA) Program. The CBBEP also installed artificial nesting platforms in 2002 and 2013 to provide additional nesting structure for breeding birds. In 2012 a habitat improvement project, involving the placement of dredge material from the Rincon Channel, was made possible via a partnership between the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuary Program (CBBEP), the Port of Corpus Christi and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers with funds from Cheniere Energy, inc. With funds from the Holloman-Price Foundation, the CBBEP collaborated with CBI to install an online streaming video monitoring station in 2014 that will allow public viewing of the nesting platforms. The online video stream will be used for education, research and to raise public awareness on the critical nesting habitat that is characteristic of south Texas coastlines.