CORPUS CHRISTI (September 25, 2012)--Dredging a South Texas channel will pile up additional habitat for birds that nest on Causeway Island in Nueces Bay.
About 40,000 cubic yards of dredge spoils from Rincon Channel will be spread over the 3-acre island, the center of which is being elevated to increase habitat for ground nesting birds.
Expansion of the island involves the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, Cheniere Energy, the Port of Corpus Christi and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Hundreds of colonial water birds already roost on the island between February and August.
The estuary program has erected nesting platforms.