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Gulf Coast Bird Observatory (GCBO) February e-news
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

February, 2013





In this Issue:


GCBO Supports AMOY aerial survey


Birdies for the Birds


Sea Center Nature Day


February Birds and Bottomlands Blitz


Check Out Our New Blog


Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO


Member Photo of the Month


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Photos courtesy of Mike Gray and GCBO staff.
View on GCBO website.

February 2013


GCBO Supports AMOY Aerial Survey

During January and early February the American Oystercatcher Working Group is conducting a range-wide aerial survey of oystercatchers on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. The last survey of this type was conducted 10 years ago and estimates from that survey were 11,000 birds in the U.S. and approximately 500 in Texas. GCBO has been supporting this effort by providing a photographer to fly in the plane and by conducting boat surveys to ground truth the aerial survey. Shown above are Ellen Jedrey from Massachusetts Audubon who is the Gulf Coast counter and Felipe Chavez who served as the photographer on several flights. Boat surveys were headed up by Susan Heath with support from Audubon Texas, University of Houston Clear Lake, TPWD, and the USFWS for surveys in West Galveston Bay and East Matagorda Bay. TAMUK graduate student Lianne Koczur also conducted a boat survey on the central coast.

Birdies for the Birds

On March 22, GCBO will be hosting our 1st annual Birdies for the Birds golf tournament at The Wilderness in Lake Jackson, TX. The tournament will be a four person scramble with check-in at 11:30 and tee time at 12:30. All sponsors and players will receive a commemorative collectors golf cap. First, second, and third place teams will win a custom bird photography award, and the tournament will be followed by an awards buffet for all players. Sponsorship and registration information is available on our website. Come on out and join us for a great event, a fun day, and lots of birdies!

Sea Center Nature Day


Visit our site partner Sea Center Texas for Nature Day on February 23, 2013 from 10:00 to 4:00 and come by the GCBO booth and bird exhibit. Enjoy educational programs and activities that will introduce you and your family to the wonders of nature. Walk-through exhibits, activities, and crafts will be offered by a variety of nature based organizations. Youth activities will include a nature scavenger hunt from 10:00am-12:00pm and catch and release fishing from 1:00-3:00pm. Sea Center is located at 300 Medical Drive, Lake Jackson, TX. For more information you can contact them at 979-292-0100 or check their website.

February 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. February's Birds and Bottomlands Blitz will be held on the 9th. Join GCBO Conservation Science Director Felipe Chavez as we learn about birds and their habitat adapations (canopy, mid-story, low, ground, water/wetland) at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory.

Checkout Our New Blog

For a couple of years now, GCBO staff and volunteers have been writing a Nature Notes column for the local newspaper, The Facts. These articles cover a wide variety of topics that are nature oriented. We've now created a blog to share those articles with you online! The lastest one is about birds on golf courses. Check it out. We are always looking for contributors and new topic ideas so if you would like to write an article or suggest a topic, please contact Jessica.

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

It's February! The birds are gearing up for spring migration but we will still most likely be catching winter residents. Last month we caught this dapper Wilson's Warbler, a common winter warbler in our area. Join us from 8:00 until noon on Saturday, January 19th for our next monthly bird banding session and see who is spending the winter with us. 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

Can you identify this bird? One hint - it's nickname is butterbutt! Yes, this is the aptly named Yellow-rumped Warbler. If you could see the throat you would be able to tell that this one is a Myrtle Warbler, the eastern subspecies. This photo comes from Jerry Eppner and was taken at Sea Center one our Site Partners.


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