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

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

Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts - Matagorda Bay Study

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA) contracted with Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in 2019 to conduct research to: (1) inform the development of effective conservation strategies for endangered sea turtles and (2) explore opportunities for avian conservation relative to potential impacts from flooding and sea rise by implementing a multi-disciplinary ecosystem assessment of Matagorda Bay.

Researchers will compile, collect and analyze abiotic and biotic data to provide comprehensive results to Matagorda Bay stakeholders. Benthic mapping along segments of open water will identify important estuarine habitats, including oyster reefs and seagrass beds, and establish a baseline habitat condition. Mapping will be closely associated with water quality and biological sampling to gather insight on the ecological processes taking place in the bay.

Matagorda Bay hosts several species of endangered and threatened sea turtles that forage on jellyfish, crab and seagrasses sheltered in its shallow waters. Researchers will capture, tag and track sea turtle movement to determine how they utilize available resources. Tissue samples will fit sea turtles into the context of a larger food web analysis. By collecting sea turtle, fish and plant tissues, researchers hope to evaluate energy flow pathways within the bay ecosystem.

Finally, researchers will collect data necessary to establish baseline conditions of marsh productivity. Marshes play a fundamental role in bay health. The productivity of these habitats influences the abundance and diversity of the marine and avian life that enrich the bay ecosystem.