The Dog Island Project

We are excited to announce that we are very close to finalizing the first stage of The Dog Island Project. With the help of donations from Trull Foundation, HEB, the Jim Dailey Memorial Fund, Dr. Jorge Hernandez, and an exceptionally generous philanthropic loan, we have made significant progress towards our goal of preserving Dog Island's habitats for the use and enjoyment of future generations of nature lovers, students and others.

We are still actively seeking partners and friends to help fund and plan the minimally invasive infrastructure that will support nature viewing, photography, paddle sports and more.

Thank you to all that have helped us in this effort.

Matagorda Bay needs your help - contact us and donate to help us preserve the natural heritage of the Heart of the Texas Coast.

Update - The Dog Island Project

We are excited to announce that we are very close to finalizing the first stage of The Dog Island Project. With the help of donations from Trull Foundation, HEB, the Jim Dailey Memorial Fund, Dr. Jorge Hernandez and an exceptionally generous philanthropic loan, we have made significant progress towards our goal of preserving Dog Island's habitats and resources for the use and enjoyment of future generations of nature lovers, students and others.

We are still actively seeking partners and friends to help fund and plan the minimally invasive infrastructure that will support nature viewing, photography, paddle sports and more.

Thank you to all that have helped us in this effort.

Matagorda Bay needs your help - contact us and donate to help us preserve the natural heritage of the Heart of the Texas Coast.

The Oliver Point and Oliver Reef Restoration Project

The Matagorda Bay Foundation has partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program, Texas General Land Office, and Trull Foundation on a project to protect important tidal wetlands habitats and restore a large oyster reef complex damaged by hurricane Claudette in 2003.  The project also provides significant secondary benefits and serves as protection from wave energy for a series of fragile shell ridges, and shallow bay habitats in the adjacent Coon Island Bay complex. Historically Oliver Point and Oliver Reef served as natural breakwaters, the first line of defense, against erosive wave energy destined for the habitats and shorelines north of Oliver Point. This project is the first stage of a multi-staged habitat protection plan to protect, enhance, and restore the shell ridges and wetlands at Coon Island Bay. If you'd like more information or would like to donate to this effort, please click on the "Donate" tab on our website.

Thank you.

Help Us - Donate to the Dog Island Acquisition Fund

We need your help to preserve this unique piece of central Texas coastal habitat. We are in the final stages of fundraising but need additional funds to purchase Dog Island.  Times are hard these days, and money is scarce. If you can afford to donate a few dollars please click on the "Donate" tab and give what you are able. If you cannot afford a donation, please share this with employers or any others that might be willing to help us. Help us help Matagorda Bay - The Heart of the Texas Coast.

Please take a moment to click on this link and view the Dog Island Project Story Map - https://arcg.is/inm1a0

Thanks

Tres Palacios River Water Quality Monitoring

Thanks to a generous donation from the Trull Foundation the MBF is now collecting water quality data using a new digital handheld YSI water monitoring device. We are sampling and archiving data collected at 3-4 sites that extend from Danevang to Carl Park near Palacios. This is a great opportunity for youth or adults to get involved in an effort to ensure watershed and estuarine health. We hope to expand our efforts to include Carancahua and Turtle Creeks in the near future. If you're interested, please contact us!

Matagorda Bay Foundation Dog Island Preserve

The Matagorda Bay Foundation is poised to take ownership of almost 1000 acres of Matagorda Bay coastal habitat. The property, colloquially known as Dog Island, is located about 1.5 miles west of the Colorado River diversion channel was originally owned by the Runnells family who donated it to Yale University and the St. Paul's School in New Hampshire. Last year Yale and St. Paul's School approached the MBF about taking ownership of the land and serving as stewards to preserve its diverse natural resources.  We hope to develop conservation partnerships with interested agencies and non-profits and develop wildlife and habitat management plans that will enhance natural productivity.

If you would like to be part of this historic effort to protect and enhance Dog Island, contact Bill Balboa  - bbalboa@matbay.org