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GCBO April E-news
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

April, 2015




In this Issue:


Spring Fling is Here!


Golf Tournament Rescheduled


It's Time For Bird Camp


Rotarians Help With Center Wildscaping


Bucks For Birds


Where Birds Live Video Documentary


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. 

April 2015

Spring Fling is Here!

GCBO's Quintana Spring Fling is here! As in years past, Spring Fling will be held daily the entire month of April at Quintana Neotropic Bird Sanctuary. We will have knowledgeable volunteers and staff on hand to answer your bird questions, keep a daily list, and sell water, snacks, and field guides. Stop by and visit! We need your help to make this event a success, so contact us if you would like to offer your unique skills to help out. Please call GCBO to sign up as a host for a morning or afternoon.

Don't forget the online auction which supports GCBO's conservation work along the coast. We have lots of new and exciting items this year so check it out.


Golf Tournament Rescheduled

GCBO's Birdies for the Birds had to be cancelled on March 23rd due to the golf course having standing water several inches deep over much of the fairway depressions and cart paths. Carol took a short tour late morning and it was difficult to even get around on the cart paths. We have rescheduled to Monday, October 5th. With six months to continue planning, we hope to get more teams committed and have a really big event in the fall. If you would like to help with planning, please contact Carol.  

It's Time For Bird Camp

Join us for Summer Bird Camp June 8-12 at our new Cecilia Riley Avian Conservation Science Center in Lake Jackson. Camp is for 8-11 year olds and runs from 9-1 each day for the full week. Snacks of fresh fruit, juice, and water are provided and campers bring a sack lunch each day. The fee is $150 per camper but families with multiple attendees are given a reduced fee. We have lots of fun each summer learning about our feathered friends, the habitats where they live and some amazing facts about migration. Did I mention we play games? Yes we do! Please help us spread the word that registration is now open. Call or contact Carol for more informaton.


Rotarians Help With Center Wildscaping

We would like to thank the Rotary Club of Brazosport for the generous donation of $1,000 for the purchase of native plants for the new wildlife gardens surrounding the Cecilia Riley Avian Conservation Science Center. Best of all, the club pulled together an efficient and hardworking team of Rotarians to get all of these lovely plants into the ground. Many thanks to the team members: Amy Tasco, Mike Coburn, Sharon & Bobby O'Neill, Debbie Soltesz, Shirley Ann Miller, and Laurel Owen.

Bucks for Birds

Check out ChambersWild's new Bucks for Birds program. Add bird photos and videos to their custom map and sponsors will pay a set amount per photo or video to support wildlife education and conservation efforts in Chambers County. That includes the Smith Point Hawk Watch folks so start uploading today! The Bucks for Birds map is free, easy to use, and no login or account is needed. Click the map above or the Bucks for Birds banner below to get started.


Where Birds Live Video Documentary

Duckie and the Grackle present "Where Birds Live" a video documentary by grandkids. For a mere $10 donation, your grandchild can take part in this documentary focused on where birds live. Encourage them to take photos of wild birds, butterflies, weeds, clouds, parks, roadsides, gardens, birdhouses, vines, lakes, skies, bugs and other nature scenes of where birds live. Duckie and the Grackle will then produce a video with the photos plus a photo of each child. The video will be put on Youtube and also presented at a Gallery Windup Event in Lake Jackson in late summer. This is a great way to get your grandchild out in nature and benefit GCBO at the same time because 100% of the donations will go to GCBO. Cherie Nowlin McBride (Duckie) is a former Alaskan documentary filmmaker and illustrator. Glenn Nelson McBride (Grackle) is a music composer, writer, and graphic designer. They are long time supporters of GCBO. Visit their gallery at 145 Oyster Creek Drive in Lake Jackson. For more information about the video, contact the Grackle.


Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

Don't miss our April bird banding session! In March we had to cancel bird banding due the enormous rain storm that also washed out the golf tournament. Hopefully April will make up for missing last month. We should be seeing some migrants so you never know what will turn up. Remember that bird banding in April is the second weekend of the month, Saturday April 11, rather than the third. The Gulf Coast Young Ornithologists will meet on the third Saturday, but will meet at the Quintana Neotropic Bird Sanctuary rather than GCBO. For bird banding, we start at 8:00 and go til noon. Remember, the birds get up early so the earlier you are here the more you will see. 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 photo taken by Kim Bailey shows five Ecaudorian children learning about birds by studying our Bird Scene Investigator books! Kim took a box our books to Ecuador with her on a recent trip and we are happy to see that they are being well used! 

Bird Tip of the Month: Remember we are about to be inundated with hungry migrants. How about leaving those weedy patches for a few months so there are plenty of seeds and insects to support our hungry migrants. There's plenty of time during summer to tidy things up after the migrants are gone.

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