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GCBO October News!
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

October, 2010





In this Issue:


Thanks XHX Volunteers!


Hawking the Day Away


Join Us at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival


GCBO Teams Up With Manomet


Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO


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Photos courtesy of Frank Farese and GCBO staff.
View on GCBO website.

October 2010


XHX Volunteers!


Jenyfer Lucas, Jazzee Gee, and Angelina Berck at XHX

Thanks to our ever dedicated cadre of volunteers, our Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza was again a smashing success

. During the two Saturdays of XHX, Robert and Kay Lookingbill banded 80 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and 70 were symbolically adopted by participants before they were released to continue their migration south. We can't thank all 30 of you here but we will in our upcoming newsletter. We couldn't have done it without you! Our special thanks go out to our weekly speakers Cherie and Glenn McBride and Barbara Burkhardt. Mark you calendar for next September and join us once again as we celebrate the southward migration of the tenacious Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Hawking The Day Away

On Saturday, September 25, we held our annual Hawk Happening Event at the Smith Point Hawk Watch. The day was a great success with over 150 visitors, 837 raptors to enjoy, and barbeque from Trails End. Brent Ortego of Texas Parks and Wildlife put on quite a show with a great variety of passerines at the banding station and GCBO research associates Robert and Kay Lookingbill banded 40 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and a beautiful Red-tailed Hawk as shown above. We really appreciate the volunteers that made this event a success - Brent Ortego, Robert and Kay Lookingbill, Mike Gray, Tad Finnell, Larry Lewis and TC Lipe. Thanks also to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for putting up the awesome tent!

Join Us at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival

These beautiful Audubon Orioles by Jen Brumfield are the artwork for the 2010 Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. GCBO will be hosting a booth at the festival in Harlingen, Texas November 10-14, 2010. The Rio Grande Valley boasts the biggest concentration of eye-popping tropical species, birds not found anywhere else in the U.S. and the birding festival is long-famed for the quality of its field trip leaders. Bird with the big names, the authors and editors of your favorite books and publications.  Check out their fresh offerings this year - butterfly trips, trips with less walking, and trips to lesser-known hotspots. Read more about the festival on their website and come by the GCBO booth while you are there to get an update on our programs, buy a Birding Classic t-shirt, and visit with our staff.

GCBO Teams Up With Manomet

GCBO is working with Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences to develop and implement coordinated shorebird surveys along the Texas coast on behalf of the federal Natural Resources Damage Assessment as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Our effort includes coordination with several partners (USFWS, TPWD, Houston Audubon, Center for Coastal Studies, and Coastal Bends Bays and Estuaries Program) to perform shorebird surveys on the majority of the Texas coast through the fall migration period. This effort will provide vital information needed to assess the oil disaster's impact on more than 30 species of migratory shorebirds that depend directly on the Gulf of Mexico's rich diversity of food and coastal habitats to sustain them during all or part of their life cycle. To learn more about this critical effort visit Manomet's webpage.

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

Join us from 8:00 until noon on Saturday, October 16th for our monthly bird banding session.  Learn from GCBO Research Associates Robert & Kay Lookingbill as they band the birds and explain how to determine the species, age, and sex of birds in the hand.  Migrants will be coming through 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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