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GCBO April E-news
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

April, 2012





In this Issue:


Birds and Bottomlands Blitz - Wild Flowers and Prairie Habitat


Servolution Volunteers


Quintana Spring Fling


Fisherman's and Boater's Guide to Breeding Birds


Spring Events


Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO


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Photos courtesy of Mike Gray and GCBO staff.
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April 2012


Birds and Bottomland Blitz - Wild Flowers and Prairie Habitat

The next Birds and Bottomland Blitz program will feature wild flowers and prairie habitat. Thomas Adams will host this event on Saturday, April 7, from 9:00 to 11:00am. Thomas Adams is a botanist at the Texas Mid-coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex here in Brazoria County. The monthly program is a joint effort by the Cradle of Texas Master Naturalists and GCBO to raise awareness of the importance of the Columbia Bottomlands to birds and other native flora and fauna.



Next month's topic is Insects of the Bottomland Forest with Ed Barrios.

Servolution Volunteers

For the third year in a row we have been lucky enough to have a volunteer team from the Brazospoint Fellowship come out to conduct habitat projects on our sanctuary here in Lake Jackson. This year, 17 enthusiastic members of the local church built a small creek linking the two constructed wetlands. The new creek was artfully decorated with river stone and now provides important water exchange for the wetlands. The new creek is best viewed from the near-by observation tower and is sure to attract a lot of birds this spring. Part of the team also planted native flowering annuals under the tower stairwell to add to the beauty of the whole area. Come on out and climb the tower to see this lovely new enhancement provided by our community volunteers.

Quintana Spring Fling



Come join us at the Quintana Neotropic Bird Sanctuary on Quintana Island in April for our annual Spring Fling event. GCBO staff and volunteers will once again host a welcome station to greet visitors, provide birding information, keep a sightings list, and keep everyone refreshed with drinks and snacks. If you find yourself in need of a new field guide, we'll have some of those too. We have plenty of Quintana patches with either a Painted Bunting or a Ruby-throated Hummingbird and we know everyone will just have to have one! Come check out our photography blind too. The host station will be staffed from 9:00am to 4:00pm so come by and visit. If you would like to volunteer to be a host, please call Reba at 979-480-0999.

Check out our Spring Fling Auction to raise money for habitat conservation along the Texas Coast. We have many unique items and fantastic trips!

Fisherman's and Boater's Guide to Breeding Birds

GCBO has teamed up with American Bird Conservancy, Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, and Audubon Texas to create a Fisherman's and Boater's Bird Guide to the Texas coast. This is part of a larger project to protect colonial nesting waterbirds around the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Other aspects of this project include posting signs on nesting islands, and a Public Service Announcement that is currently playing on CBS in the Houston area. Click on the image above to see the complete guide. Click here to see the PSA on youtube. If you frequent area boat ramps or stores where fishermen and boaters are common and would like to distribute some brochures to these locations, please let us know! And remember, when you're on Texas bays "Fish, Swim, and Play from 50 Yards Away!".


Spring Events

It's nearly spring and local bird-related events are coming up quick.FeatherFest April 12-15 in Galveston and Migration Celebration, April 21-22 at San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge. We encourage you to get out and attend these wonderful events geared towards birding and education. All of these events depend heavily on volunteers, so think about offering your unique skills to help out!

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

If you are a bird, it's spring! The Purple Martins are back, Cave Swallows are swarming under bridges, and migrant songbirds are beginning to arrive. Join us from 8:00 until noon on Saturday, April 14th for our next monthly bird banding session and see what migrants we find. 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.

Note that bird banding is on the SECOND Saturday of the month in April!


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