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GCBO End of the Year E-News
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

December, 2010





In this Issue:


Great Texas Birding Classic Art


2010 Year End Appeal


Whooping Crane Festival


NRDA Surveys Complete


Grad Student Joins Oystercatcher Team


Welcome Armand Bayou Nature Center


Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO


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Photos courtesy of Mike Gray and GCBO staff.
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January 2011

Great Texas Birding Classic Art

The 2011 Great Texas Birding Classic is fast approaching. This is the beautiful watercolor that John O’Neill created for this year. The Red-headed Woodpecker is a target species for the Upper TX Coast where this year’s Tournaments will conclude on April 17th. You and your teammates will definitely want one of these stunning T-Shirts! The original art will be available via the Classic On-Line Auction starting March 1st.Be watching the Classic website and Fanpage for lots of updates coming in January.

Year End Appeal

Prothonotary Warblers and their kin need your help! GCBO is dedicated to conserving the resources necessary to ensure our grandchildren can witness the miracle of migration first hand. Thanks to your generous donations we have raised $2925 towards out goal of $8,000 during our year end appeal. We need the support of everyone who appreciates the value of birds for their role in supporting the sustainability of our planet. If you are still considering your year-end gifts, or even a New Year gift, please think of GCBO. Your gift of any amount will enable us to continue to work with our partners throughout the Western Hemisphere to save habitat and our shared birds of the Americas. Read more or make your donation now.

Whooping Crane Festival

It's almost time for the Whooping Crane Festival! In fact, early registration is open and lasts through February 11th. Register early and save on most events. This years festival includes a Birding 101 Workshop by Gene Blacklock, birding trips to private ranches, boat trips to see the cranes and to St. Jo Island, optics presentations, and much, much more. Our own Carol Jones will be there with the GCBO booth to promote our programs and show off the new Birding Classic art. Stop by to say hi and pick up a t-shirt from past year's Birding Classics. To find out more about the festival, check out their website.

NRDA Surveys Complete

GCBO was hired to coordinate shorebird surveys along the Texas coast as part of the federal Natural Resources Damage Assessment in response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. We worked with several coastal partners including USFWS, TPWD, Houston Audubon, Center for Coastal Studies, and the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program to complete 73 surveys between September 1 and November 30. Shown above is one of the West Galveston Bay survey teams including from left to right Susan Heath and Carol Jones (GCBO), Taj Schottland (Entrix), and Loyd Thornton (Thornton Marine Services). 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. We would like to extend a special thank you to all our partners in this effort! To learn more about this critical effort visit Manomet's webpage.

Grad Student Joins Oystercatcher Team

We are fortunate to have Alexandra (Sasha) Munters join our oystercatcher team for the next two springs. Sasha is working on her masters degree under Dr. Clay Green at Texas State University. She hails from Alexandria, Virginia and received her Bachelor's Degree from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland. Her previous field experience includes trapping and radio tracking Mottled Ducks in the Everglades, working at a wildlife hospital on Sanibel Island, Florida, working with Rhesus monkeys in Puerto Rico, and serving as a student researcher for the Wetlands Institute Coastal Conservation Program in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. Sasha will be working with Sue to color band birds and monitor nests along the Upper Texas Coast and perhaps the Central Texas Coast. We are grateful to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, ConocoPhillips, The Hershey Foundation and The Hamman Foundation for supporting this project.

Welcome Armand Bayou Nature Center

On Saturday, December 11, Site Partner Network Coordinator Susan Heath participated in Armand Bayou Nature Center's Second Saturday event and welcomed ABNC into the Site Partner Network. ABNC has long been recognized as an important site for birds and is included on the upper coast section of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. The site protects one of the largest remaining tracts of tall grass prairie in the Galveston Bay region and one of the last remaining unchannelized bayous draining Harris County. ABNC is the 68th site in the Site Partner Network that extends from Yucatan, Mexico around to coastal Florida and all states in between. See all the partners on our website.

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

Join us from 8:00 until noon on Saturday, January 15th for our monthly bird banding session. Board member Steve Carroll and his daughter Kaitlynn (shown above) stopped by last month and got to see this beautiful Blue-headed Vireo! GCBO Research Associates Robert & Kay Lookingbill will explain the aging and sexing process as they band the birds. Our winter residents are back 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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