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Gulf Coast Bird Observatory October E-news
GCBO, Lake Jackson

October, 2011





In this Issue:


A Fantastic XHX!


Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival


En-Raptor-Ed Family Day


Goose Island Walkway


Houston Zoo Wilderness Day


Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO


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Photos courtesy of Mike Gray, Greg Lavaty, TPWD, and GCBO staff.
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October 2011

A Fantastic XHX!

We had an historic Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza this year with more hummingbirds than we've ever seen before. For the first time ever, the banders had to ask the trappers to stop trapping so they could catch up. A total of 123 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were banded. XHX would not be possible without all the volunteers that help us pull it off. More than 30 volunteers helped us in the gift shop, with plant sales, parking, directing traffic, showing live animals, running booths, adopt a hummer, and of course hummingbird banding. We really appreciate all that support! Special thanks to our speakers Barbara Burkhardt, Mike Gray, and Dick Barrett and of course to our dedicated banders, Robert and Kay Lookingbill. Mark you calendar for next September 8th and 15th and join us once more as we celebrate the migration of the tenacious Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival



GCBO will be hosting a booth at the festival in Harlingen, Texas November 9-13, 2011. 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.


En-Raptor-Ed Family Day

Put this date on your calendar now!

Saturday November 5th at 11:00am, GCBO will host our En-Raptor-Ed Family Day event at the Kinkaid School in Houston, TX. The program will feature raptors from The Raptor Project on display and in flight. Jonathon Wood will take us on an aerial extravaganza with his raptor entourage which includes live birds of prey from every habitat on the planet: Arctic, Desert, Rainforest, Wetland, Prairie, Woodland, and Tundra. This year's event is honoring Jan Cato and awards will be given for Volunteer of the Year and Site Partner of the Year. Come see some of the most magnificent birds on earth and enjoy a delicious lunch from Beck's Prime for your contribution of $100 per adult, $10 per child. Please check our website or call our office at 979-480-0999 for more information. We hope you will make every effort to attend because it will be great fun for all ages!

Goose Island State Park Walkway to Wetlands

This recently completed project was partially

funded by a Great Texas Birding Classic conservation grant. The walkway is a critical piece of an incredible marsh restoration project which allows access to the marsh restoration area and interpretive signage regarding salt marsh and whooping crane ecology. As the coordinating organization for the Birding Classic, we are pleased to see this multi-year project completed and hope you will visit the park soon to learn more about critical coastal ecology and stroll the boardwalk.

Houston Zoo Wilderness Day


Join us for a WILD day of exploring Houston's wilderness from 10:00 to 3:00 on Saturday, October 8th. The zoo has invited key area non-profit's (including GCBO) to share insights on the importance of protecting the species and wildlife native to our home town. You will also have a chance to learn more about the Houston Zoo's conservation mission, and visit with live animals found right here in Houston! Wilderness Day Information Booths Include:


Armand Bayou Nature Center

Bayou Land Conservancy

Brazos Bend State Park

Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council

Green Team America

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

Hermann Park Conservancy

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Houston Wilderness Association

Turtle Island Restoration Network


This event is FREE with your Zoo admission and free for all Zoo Members. Directions can be found on the Houston Zoo website.


Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

We reached 3000 birds banded at GCBO! Research Associates Robert & Kay Lookingbill are shown above holding lucky number 3000, an adult male Orchard Oriole banded on July 16th. Join us from 8:00 until noon on Saturday, October 15th for our next monthly bird banding session. Fall migration will be winding down and we should start catching our winter residents. Come see who has returned to spend the winter with 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 or find a map by going to Mapquest or GoogleMaps.  Note that some other navigators will not take you to the correct location. | Telephone 979-480-0999 | Contact Us


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