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GCBO December e-news
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

December, 2012





In this Issue:


Holiday Sale and Open House


Your Year End Gift


Wine and Cheese Benefit


Smith Point Hawk Watch Wrap Up


December Birds and Bottomlands Blitz


Southmost Preserve Restoration Grant


Learn About the TPWD Wildlife Diversity Program


Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO


Member Photo of the Month


You Search...We Give!


If you found this e-newsletter interesting, please consider taking the next step and becoming a member or volunteering for one of our many outreach activities.  If you are already a member, thank you for your support!  Check out our Ways to Donate page for more opportunities to support our conservation efforts. 

Photos courtesy of Mike Gray, Greg Lavaty, Tony Leukering, and GCBO staff.
View on GCBO website.

December 2012

Holiday Open House

Friday December 7
Shop from 10:00AM to 6:00PM
103 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson

Enjoy holiday shopping at a leisurely pace this year at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory's HOLIDAY SALE. GCBO's Nature Store will offer our local friends and members a place to find a "natural" gift for everyone on their wish list while supporting bird conservation efforts and our local sanctuary. Can't get by GCBO? Check out our offerings on-line at or call the office for that special book order or to Adopt-A-Hummer certificate.

On this one day, enjoy tax free shopping. As always members receive a 10% discount for a total savings 18.25%.  For more information call 979-480-0999.

Your Year End Gift Will Do Wonderous Things For Birds

We know that you are members because you love birds and you want us to represent you in their conservation. Working collectively, all of us who want to ensure that birds remain bountiful can make a difference in the future for all wildlife.  We know you care about birds and want to help them. You and I both know that GCBO can only impact bird conservation with you as a partner. Please make a year-end bird conservation gift today, and allow GCBO to continue our work to save birds on your behalf. Click here to make your gift now, and get that joyous feeling all year long.

Wine and Cheese Benefit

Join us for a wine and cheese tasting benefitting Gulf Coast conservation at The Grape Taste Bistro. Deborah Wassberg, owner of the Bistro has selected a very special wine and cheese pairing at an exclusive rate. There will also be many silent auction items and door prizes. $40 per adult. Tickets can be purchased at Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 103 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson, TX 77566. Due to the limited capacity of the restaurant, reservations will be restricted to the first 60 people responding with payment. We encourage you to send an RSVP early! E-mail Jessica or call 979-480-0999.

Smith Point Hawk Watch Wrap Up

The Smith Point Hawk Watch wrapped up it's 16th season on November 15th with the 5th Golden Eagle of the season in the last hour of the count. We had a fantastic year at the point breaking the high count for 10 species including Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Mississippi Kite, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, White-tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle, and American Kestrel. We would like to thank all our volunteers who helped pull of another great season - Laurie Baker, Winnie Burkett, Tad Finnell, Jim & Karen Glock, David Hanson, Joe Kennedy, Cliff Peterson, Thomas Riecke, and Dan Smith. And of course, we owe a huge thanks to our paid counter, Tony Leukering who made the count lively and exciting for everyone reading TexBirds this season.

December Birds and Bottomlands Blitz

GCBO is happy to join forces with our local Cradle of Texas Master Naturalists to again offer a morning in our sanctuary to study nature and learn more about the importance of the Columbia Bottomland hardwood forest which is a critical link in many species' life cycle. December's Birds and Bottomlands Blitz is a mini Christmas Bird Count. Leaders will discuss more details of a Christmas Count, lead participants in a search for birds and compile results after a tour of short nature trails. If you have binoculars, please bring them. If not, a limited amount of binoculars will be available. You do not have to be knowledgeable about birds, as there will be volunteers to help you identify the birds seen. A list of the wintering birds to be expected will be given to all participants. Come experience the excitement of a Christmas Bird Count with GCBO board member Tom Taroni and Cradle of Texas Master Naturalist Tom Morris.

Southmost Preserve Restoration Grant

Southmost Preserve is a 1,034 acre Nature Conservancy property located along the Rio Grande in far south Texas. The property contains multiple endangered flora and fauna species. Through a GCBO facilitated Birding Classic project grant, $10,000 was provided to the Nature Conservancy to support removal of invasive plants from 22 acres within the reserve and replanting of native plants on five of those acres. GCBO is proud to have supported this work in such an ecologically important piece of habitat.

Learn About the TPWD Wildlife Diversity Program

Houston Audubon is sponsoring a presentation by John Davis, TPWD Wildlife Diversity Program Director on the Wildlife Diversity Program. If there are 59 game species of wildlife in Texas, guess who is looking after all the rest - species like the Golden-cheeked Warbler, the horned lizard, the Whooping Crane, and the rest of over 1,000 non-game species in Texas. Come hear more about the people and the programs in TPWD that every wildlife supporter should know more about. Learn about current wildlife diversity issues, how the Wildlife Diversity Program is funded, and most importantly, what is needed in the future to truly do a good job of stewarding wildlife diversity in Texas. This program will be Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 at the Hermann Park Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Drive. For more information contact the Houston Audubon Society.

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

December is a great month for winter birds to be on territory here on the Texas Coast and for a rare straggler to make an appearance. Last month we caught the Lesser Goldfinch shown above. Join us from 8:00 until noon on Saturday, December 15th for our next monthly bird banding session and see who has arrived for the winter. 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.

Photo of the Month

This month's photo of the month is a Merlin taken at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge by member Bill Alstrom.


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