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GCBO May e-news
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

May, 2013

 

 

 

 

In this Issue:

 

2013 Oystercatcher Field Season

 

Spring Fling Auction

 

May Birds and Bottomlands Blitz

 

Spring Events

 

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

 

Member Photo of the Month

 

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Photos courtesy of Greg Lavaty, Mike Gray and GCBO staff.
View on GCBO website.

May 2013

 

2013 Oystercatcher

Field Season

We are halfway through the American Oystercatcher field season and so far they are having a great year. Amanda Anderson, UHCL graduate student, is shown above holding two chicks from a nest in West Galveston Bay. Four chicks have already fledged and four more are nearly there. Three of the four fledged chicks were from the same nest. They must have superstar parents! We have found 53 nests so far. That's the good news. 30 of the nests have failed, most to unknown causes, but one of our cameras got a photo of a domestic cat taking the eggs from a nest on Galveston Island. Mammal predation is a big problem for ground nesting birds. Fortunately most oystercatchers nest on islands making it difficult for mammals to get to them.

Spring Fling Auction

Our annual Spring Fling auction closed on April 30th. Thanks to YOU, we raised nearly $5,000 for our coastal conservation programs. Thank you everyone who bid! Carol will be contacting the winners this week.

May Birds and Bottomlands Blitz

Join us at GCBO on Saturday, May 11th from 9:00 to 11:00 for our monthly Birds and Bottomlands Blitz. This month's topic is Wildflowers of the Prairie and Bottomlands. Flo Hannah, Houston Audubon Society's Urban Sanctuaries Manager, will be our leader. Flo is a native plant expert, is the proprietor of Hannah Native Grasses and is a die-hard advocate of protecting our native coastal prairies. Learn from the expert to identify native flowers that will still be in bloom, some lasting all summer and into fall. The importance of the plants and grasses in the Bottomlands ecosytem will become obvious. Bring the whole family and enjoy a morning at the GCBO headquarters sanctuary.

Summer Bird Camp

In just a little over a month, GCBO will be hosting our second annual day camp for 8-11 year olds. The dates are June 10-14 from 9:00 in the morning to 1:00 each day. The campers will engage in a variety of activities as we learn about our feathered friends. The participants from last year had a great time and did not want the week to end. So sign up your kids, friend's kids, grand kids, nieces, and nephews, and they will thank you for it. Please call GCBO and Carol and we will e-mail the forms to you.

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

May is flycatcher month. We should catch some interesting ones from 8:00 until noon on Saturday, May 18th at our next monthly bird banding session. Come see them in the hand and get some tips on how to identify them in the field. Seeing birds in the hand is a great way to get kids excited about wildlife, but all ages are welcome. See the map on our webpage for directions or find a map by going to Mapquest or GoogleMaps.  Note that some other navigators will not take you to the correct location.

Photo of the Month

GCBO member Simon Tan photographed this male Hooded Warbler catching a snack at the Quintana Spring Fling on April 26th. The recent fall out along the Texas coast illustrated graphically how important coastal habitat is for birds migrating across the Gulf of Mexico. Looks like this little guy was taking advantage of our restoration efforts at Quintana.

 

Our Vision is a healthy ecosystem with abundant space for birds to survive and thrive around the Gulf of Mexico.

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