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GCBO October e-news
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

October, 2013

 

 

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In this Issue:

 

Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza

 

New Grants for our New Building

 

Raptor ID Workshop

Cuba Bird Festival and Art Exchange

 

A Bench for the Tveten Garden
 

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

 

Member Photo of the Month

 

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

October 2013

Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza

Despite some rain, XHX came off without a hitch this year. We wish to thank all of our 481 guests and 59 volunteers who participated. The event generated $10,215.37 for our avian conservation program and gave us the chance to visit with our friends and share our hummingbirds with all. Pictured here is XHX guest Riley Bradley with his raffle prize, a Peterson's Young Birder's Guide. We would like to give one more acknowledgement to our 2013 XHX sponsors:  Phillips 66 Sweeny Refinery, The Dow Chemical Company, Union Pacific Foundation, Wells Fargo Advisors-Bay Area, BASF Corporation, First National Bank of Lake Jackson, Freeport LNG, Shintech Inc., Allstate - Vicki Melass, and The Source Weekly.

New Grants for Our New Building


Because of rain during last month's Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza we were forced to hold our presentation in the equipment garage - the only space large enough to keep even a modest crowd out of the rain.


The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory headquarters is located on a beautiful piece of property, 34-acres of Columbia Bottomland forest donated by The Dow Chemical Company in 2003. As we have added new programs our public visitation has greatly increased as have our number of staff. As a result we have outgrown the capacity of the small combination office and equipment garage where we conduct all of our operations. Thus we have embarked upon a campaign to build a new facility - The Avian Conservation Science Center. The new and improved work spaces will allow our existing staff to be more efficient and will provide much needed space for programs. We are excited to let you know that this month we received two large gifts for the campaign: $200,000 from the Houston Endowment, and $25,000 from The Wright Family Foundation. These gifts put us just $177,000 from our goal! Contributions of any size are welcomed!

 

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 Raptor ID Workshop

GCBO hosted a Raptor ID Workshop taught by Tony Leukering at the Smith Point Hawk Watch the last weekend in September. Thirteen lucky people got to spend some quality time on the tower with Tony and also were treated to two evening lectures on raptor identification techniques. Tony's focus on bird shape was a great introduction to how hawk watchers can identify all those specks in the sky! This workshop was such a success that we're going to do it again only a little different. On Saturday, November 2, we will host a one-day workshop focusing on identification of birds in flight. This will include all birds, not just raptors and will also be taught by Tony. The fee is $75 and will include time on the tower with Tony from 8:00am until 3:00pm with drinks and snacks provided. If you would like to sign up, please contact Sue.

Cuba Bird Festival and Art Exchange

In October, our Site Partner at Guanahacabibes Reserve in western Cuba will hold a bird festival focusing on Shorebirds. Staff member Carol Jones will be working with various schools in close proximity to the reserve and present shorebird programs. The students will then create art, essays and/or poems and their work will be judged on the final day of the festival. Carol presented similar programs to students in the Lake Jackson area in September and their artwork will be taken and shared in an art exchange with the Cuban students. Shown above is a rendition by Taylor Tracy, 4th grader at O.M. Roberts Elementary School of a nesting Black Skimmer.

 

A Bench for the Tveten Garden

 

This sturdy bench was built and donated by one of our wonderful volunteers, Billy Heck. Billy came out and we measured the length of the flagstone area in the John Tveten Memorial Butterfly Garden. The bench will reside there and be a shady place for both gardeners that are working and bird watchers that are enjoying that tranquil setting. Thank you Billy!

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

October will bring more migrants to the coast and we hope to be able to show you some of them in hand. Of course there will also be some hummingbirds still passing through too. Come join us from 8:00 til noon on Saturday, October 19th for our monthly bird banding session and see what turns up in the nets. Remember birds wake up at dawn so your best chance to see the most birds is early. Come see the birds 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


This month's photo of the month is of GCBO member Bill Cone enjoying the hummingbirds in his backyard right here in Brazoria County. How many hummers do you see?

 

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

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