Kari Howard began her passion for the environment during a Hawaiian field study course that sparked a fire in the areas of coastal and marine life. After graduating Texas A&M University at Galveston and graduated with a Bachelors’ Degree in Marine Biology, she has worked in various lab settings, wetland consulting and delineation, and outreach and education in environmental fields. In 2011, Kari was the Habitat and Stewardship Coordinator for the Artist Boat completing three grants that restored over 26 acres of barrier island dune habitat along Galveston Island and Follet’s Island along with guiding kayak adventures around multiple bay systems. Since 2010, she has enjoyed her time as a Texas Master Naturalist for the Galveston Bay Chapter and during her free time she is an avid gardener and encourages landscaping with Texas native plants that specifically attract birds and butterflies. Currently she works for Audubon Texas, Coastal Conservation Program and brings her skills, experience, and passion for conserving wild spaces and protecting wildlife to the Audubon team to develop a new citizen science program monitoring nesting waterbirds called Texas Estuarine Resource Network (TERN).