Region: Coastal Plain
Topics: Wildlife, Habitat, Forestry, Land, Non-Profit, Outdoor Nature Club,
Audubon, Big Thicket
Joe Heiser (1897-1987) was a
Houston-based naturalist and activist. While he worked as an
accountant, he was also very committed to understanding, protecting,
and advocating for nature during his leisure time. In 1923, he
started the Outdoor Nature Club of Houston, and was instrumental in
the Club's acquisition of the Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary near
Evergreen, Texas. Through his skills and connections as a
ornithologist, he and the ONC aided the Audubon Society in Texas,
until a local Texas branch could be established. He was also active
in the Houston Zoological Society and the
Big Thicket Association.
This archive holds a variety of his writings, courtesy of the
Houston Metropolitan Research Center of the Houston Public Library.