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GCBO February E-News
GCBO

February, 2011

 

 

 

 

In this Issue:

 

Great Texas Birding Classic Registration

 

Welcome Felipe Chavez

 

GCBO Annual Volunteer Awards

 

Great Backyard Bird Count

 

Whooping Crane Festival

 

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

 

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Photos courtesy of Mike Gray and GCBO staff.
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February 2011

Great Texas Birding Classic Registration

 

The 2011 Great Texas Birding Classic is set for April 9th - 17th and registration is now open online at www.birdingclassic.org. There are tournaments for all ages and skill levels so don't be left out of this ongoing effort to raise money for conservation along the Texas Coast. There are many helpful resources on the website for planning your day so be sure to check them out. This year we are introducing the Human-Powered tournament so if you've been waiting for an opportunity to bike, kayak, or walk, here's your chance. To date, the Birding Classic has raised $736,000 for habitat conservation. Be a part of this living legacy by participating, sponsoring, or making a donation.  Watch the Classic website and Fanpage for lots of updates coming in February.

Welcome Felipe Chavez

After a nation-wide search we are pleased to welcome Dr. Felipe Chavez-Ramirez to the GCBO flock. Felipe comes to us from The Crane Trust in Nebraska where he was the Executive Director for nine years. He has an MS and PhD from Texas A&M University in Wildlife Ecology and continues to serve as an adjunct professor there. His research has focused on ecology and conservation issues of migratory birds including the Whooping Crane and Cuban Sandhill Crane. His other interests include ecological studies of migrating raptors and grassland birds in wintering areas, hummingbird resource partitioning on Caribbean Islands, and wading bird habitat use and foraging ecology along the Gulf of Mexico states. As GCBO’s Director of Conservation Programs, Felipe will head-up an analysis of current programs to enhance conservation delivery, identifying the potential and need for new program development, and developing a long range plan that identifies research priorities and actions for the Gulf of Mexico region.

GCBO Annual Volunteer Awards

At the Annual Volunteer Awards Dinner held this past January, GCBO was proud to recognize several individuals, and organizations for their 2010 efforts to advance Gulf Coast Conservation for birds and for communities. Volunteer of the Year presented to Kay & Robert Lookingbill for significant contributions of time and leadership of important bird monitoring programs benefiting avian conservation efforts and public education. Site Partner of the Year presented to Houston Audubon Society for significant contributions to the preservation of migratory bird habitat, meaningful environmental stewardship, and important educational opportunities provided to the public. Corporate Steward of the Year presented to The Dow Chemical Company for enduring support of Gulf Coast Bird Observatory's conservation efforts and for providing strong corporate leadership in migratory bird conservation. Pictured above accepting their awards (L to R) are Jim Winn (Houston Audubon Society), James Heller (The Dow Chemical Company), Kay and Robert Lookingbill (Volunteer Research Associates-GCBO).

Great Backyard Bird Count

The 14th annual GBBC will be conducted 18-21 February 2011. You can count birds wherever you are, including your backyard, off your balcony, at a local park or in other locations. People of all ages and bird-watching experience are welcome. For details, see their website.

Whooping Crane Festival

It's almost time for the Whooping Crane Festival! In fact, early registration is open and lasts through February 11th. Register early and save on most events. This year's festival includes a Birding 101 Workshop by Gene Blacklock, birding trips to private ranches, boat trips to see the cranes and to St. Jo Island, optics presentations, and much, much more. Our own Carol Jones will be there with the GCBO booth to promote our programs and show off the new Birding Classic art. Stop by to say hi and pick up a t-shirt from past year's Birding Classics. To find out more about the festival, check out their website.

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

Join us from 8:00 until noon on Saturday, February 19th for our monthly bird banding session. Above Elijah Fernandez watches biologist Susan Heath take a Ruby-crowned Kinglet out of a mist net. GCBO Research Associates Robert & Kay Lookingbill will explain the aging and sexing process as they band the birds. Our winter residents are 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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