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GCBO November News!
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

November, 2010





In this Issue:


Holiday Sale and Open House


Tropical Forest Forever Fund


The Grape Taste


Come Visit With Our Staff


GCBO Gets a New Potting Shed


Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO


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Photos courtesy of GCBO staff.
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November 2010

Holiday Sale

Friday December 3
Shop from 10:00AM to 6:00PM
103 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson

Enjoy holiday shopping at a leisurely pace this year at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory's HOLIDAY SALE. GCBO's Nature Store will offer our local friends and members a place to find a "natural" gift for everyone on their wish list while supporting bird conservation efforts and our local sanctuary. Can't get by GCBO? Check out our offerings on-line at www.GCBO.ORG or call the office for that special book order or to Adopt-A-Hummer certificate.

On this one day, all guests will receive a 10% discount on all store items PLUS this is our final Tax Free event of the year. Your total savings will equal 18.25%.  For more information call 979-480-0999 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              979-480-0999      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Tropical Forest Forever Fund Grant to Pronatura Sur A. C. , Chiapas, M?xico

GCBO has teamed up with Pronatura Sur to protect an extensive wetland corridor along the Pacific Coast of Mexico in the state of Chiapas. The Pacific Coast of Chiapas is composed of a large system of mangroves and wetlands, as well as many micro-watersheds and rivers flowing from the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. These important watersheds feed the coastal lagoons and estuaries, the most extensive and diverse in all of Mexico. This valuable ecosystem provides for unique biodiversity, homes to millions of migratory waterbirds, and provides for human livelihoods, as well as protection from hurricanes and heavy storms.

The TFFF grant will support efforts establishing two perpetual easements on 720-acres of private lands, linking four large conservation areas:

La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve and Playa Puerto Arista Sanctuary, and two State Protected Areas, Gancho-Murillo and Cabildo Amatal.

The Grape Taste

On Thursday, December 9th, join us at The Grape Taste from 6:00 until 8:00pm, for a wine tasting to benefit GCBO. Deborah Wassberg, owner of The Grape Taste Wine Bistro, has selected a very special wine and cheese pairing for this exclusive event. Adding to the holiday fun will be a silent auction and door prizes. Tickets are $40 per person. Due to the limited capacity of the restaurant, reservations will be restricted to the first 60 people; Adults only please. Please contact Reba (979-480-0999 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              979-480-0999      end_of_the_skype_highlighting) to make your reservation and to purchase tickets.

Come Visit With Our Staff

GCBO staff will be at two special events this month - The Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival in Harlingen and Prairie Heritage Day at Brazos Bend State Park. The Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival is in it's 17th year and always provides wonderful birding opportunities for South Texas Birds. Carol Jones will be staffing the GCBO booth so stop by and get an update on our programs, buy a Birding Classic t-shirt, or just visit with Carol, November 10-14.

On November 6, Brazos Bend State Park is hosting it's Prairie Heritage Day from 10-4. Come see live wildlife, enjoy a guided prairie adventure, and see presentations, demonstrations, and exhibits all about the importance of prairies in our native landscape. Cecilia Riley will host the GCBO booth so stop by and chat with her about GCBO programs and upcoming events.

GCBO Gets a New Potting Shed

Long-time volunteer and GCBO patron Bob Woods has developed a passion for the new Native Plant Nursery here at the Lake Jackson sanctuary. His passion lead to the construction of a sturdy and beautiful potting table that we unfortunately set-up in a sun filled corner. Bob's an all-weather canopy. It's a great new addition and we are most grateful for Bob's interest and Angelino's metal skills! Pictured here is the volunteer installation crew (L to R): Tad Finnell, Angelino Prado, Bob Wood, Billy Heck and Phil Huxford. Not pictured the photographer Mike Gray. THANKS GUYS!

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

Join us from 8:00 until noon on Saturday, November 20th for our monthly bird banding session.  Learn from GCBO Research Associates Robert & Kay Lookingbill as they band the birds and explain how to determine the species, age, and sex of birds in the hand.  Our winter residents should be back and you never know what might turn up in the nets! Come out and see what surprises are in store for us. This is a great way to get kids excited about wildlife, but all ages are welcome.  See the map on our webpage for directions.  Note that mapquest and googlemaps will not guide you to the right place using our address.

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