Each year GCBO and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) accept proposals for conservation grants to be awarded by winning Great Texas Birding Classic teams. Proposals can be for land acquisition, habitat restoration, or habitat enhancements such as the one shown above at Packery Channel. Projects can be on public or private lands that offer some level of public access in any of the birding classic designated counties. Refer to the proposal criteria for more information. Proposals can be for $20,000, $10,000, or $3,000 and must be submitted to Shelly Plante of TPWD by Friday, January 30th, 2009. Sponsors are what make these conservation grants possible. For example, Reliant Energy has again committed to be a sponsor at the Roseate Spoonbill level. If you know of a company or individual looking for an environmental conservation initiative to support please tell them about the Classic. If you have questions, call or e-mail Carol Jones at GCBO for more information.