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

March, 2013





In this Issue:


Quintana Spring Fling


Birdies for the Birds


Yellow-billed Cotinga Reserve


March Birds and Bottomlands Blitz


Spring Events


Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO


Member Photo of the Month


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Photos courtesy of Mike Gray, Dave Brandes, and GCBO staff.
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March 2013


Quintana Spring Fling

It's nearly April which means it's almost time for GCBO's Quintana Spring Fling. As in years past, Spring Fling will be held daily the entire month of April at Quintana Neotropic Bird Sanctuary. We will have knowledgeable volunteers and staff on hand to answer your bird questions, keep a daily list, and sell water and snacks. Stop by and visit! We need your help to make this event a success, so contact us if you would like to offer your unique skills to help out.

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!

Yellow-billed Cotinga Reserve

Cecilia Riley, our Executive Director and Manager for the Tropical Forest Forever Fund (TFFF) recently returned from a site visit to TFFF grant recipient, Osa Conservation (OC). Last year GCBO was proud to award a grant of $30,000 to OC establishing the 29-acre Yellow-billed Cotinga Reserve at the mouth of the Rincon River on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. "The site visit in February was exciting as we saw six of the rare Yellow-billed Cotingas actually foraging in the new Reserve! In addition we found a host of North American migrants there as well demonstrating the importance of protecting land in the tropics for both resident and migratory bird species." Cecilia had a full week to visit with Osa staff, see their field stations in the Corcovado Reserve, and tour properties that are targeted for future purchase. OC’s new land acquisition goals are to buy forested and pasture lands that can be reforested to link the lower Reserve to the higher elevation Corcovado National Park. Pictured here (L to R) below the Cotinga Reserve sign are local Osa staff Andrea Johnson, Emily Angell, Max Villalobos, and GCBO’s Cecilia Riley.



March 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. March's Birds and Bottomlands Blitz will be held on the 9th from 9:00 to 11:00am. Join GCBO volunteer Warren Pruess and learn about lichens and mushrooms of the Bottomlands at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory.

Spring Events

Spring bird-related events are coming up quick. FeatherFest & Nature PhotoFest will be held April 11-14 in Galveston and Migration Celebration will be held April 20-21 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 if you are so inclined, contact the organizers and offer your skills.

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

It's March! The first spring migrants should be coming through. Purple Martins are being seen all along the coast and Barn Swallows have already been reported. We should catch a few pretty birds! Join us from 8:00 until noon on Saturday, March 16th for our next monthly bird banding session and see who is passing through. 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

Aren't these fuzz balls the cutest?! These sibling Great Horned Owl chicks were captured by member Mike Williams at one of our Site Partner sites in February.


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