High Island open to birds and birders
This bump on the flat Texas coast where thousands of people from around the world are lured each year to one of the nation's premier birdwatching meccas took a direct hit from the tiny but intense Hurricane Humberto.
But it doesn't seem to have bothered the migratory birds that use it as a rest stop.
"Mother Nature's been doing this for eons," says Winnie Burkett, manager of the Houston Audubon Society's four bird sanctuaries at High Island, trying to shrug off the frustration of extensive damage wrought by the hurricane.
"I don't think the birds care the way we care. It changes the habitat that's available, but as long as there's habitat available, that's what matters," she said.