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GCBO November e-news
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

November, 2015

Volunteer Dinner a Hit!

We had a full house and everyone had a great time at our volunteer appreciation dinner. The staff and a few generous volunteers prepared chicken and beef fajitas with Mexican rice. Felipe created some fantastic spicy chip dips and his guacamole had to be made twice to keep up with demand! We are very happy that everyone had such a great time because we really wanted to give a big THANK YOU to all our volunteers. We couldn't do what we do without YOU. A special thanks to James Heller, Tad Finnell, and Brooks Short for helping to cook their own appreciation dinner.

Join GCBO in Cuba

Join GCBO executive director Chris Eberly for an 11 day, 10 night birding tour in the Jewel of the Caribbean - CUBA! GCBO and Environmental Adventure Company have partnered to put together a special trip for GCBO members ONLY that will take you to visit the incredible variety of habitats and birds found in Cuba. 372 species of birds are found in Cuba including 26 endemics. Master birder Arturo Kirkconnell, the curator of the National Museum of Natural History of Cuba will lead the tour. Arturo has been leading birding tours in his native Cuba since 1988 and is the most sought after guide in the country. This tour is limited to 12 people so don't delay - sign up today! Information for this tour can be found on the EAC website

If you can't make this tour, don't fret. We plan to do another one in October that will include a visit to our site partner Guanahacabibes during their fall birding festival.

Check Out Our Experiential Auction

Ready to start your holiday shopping and wondering what to get that special someone? We have just the answer. From November 16th to December 4th check out our online Experiential Auction and buy that special person a once in a lifetime experience. From a trip to see Whooping Cranes to a guest stay at private ranch, there is something for everyone and none of these items can be bought in a store. We will send out a special enews on the 16th as reminder that it's time to bid!  

Holiday Open House & Sale

Friday & Saturday, December 4 & 5 
Shop from 10:00 to 5:00pm 
299 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson

Please join us for our annual Open House & Holiday Sale at our GCBO headquarters in Lake Jackson. Nature gifts for all ages at great prices and some yummy Christmas treats to eat as well. It's a Tax Free Day and members also received their regular 10% discount on top of that! A savings of 18% while still contributing to bird conservation programming. You can also come by and pay for your Experiential Auction item so you'll be ready to put it under the tree. 


Can't get by our store? You can still support GCBO while you shop at no cost to you. When you order online from Amazon, please order through Amazon Smile and indicate GCBO as your charity of choice. A percentage of your purchase will be donated to GCBO! For information visit Amazon Smile online.


GCBO Wish List

Thanks to the following individuals for their donations of furniture for the field office!

Brooks and Sciobhan Short - mattresses for the bunk bed
Cary and BJ Wise - bunk bed with mattresses
Bonnie and Ronnie Church - two couches

We still have a few more items on our list. Can you help us out? Take a look and see if you can donate any of these items. We will be happy to provide you with a tax donation letter for your efforts! Thanks so much.

                       - adjustable Purple Martin house pole
                         (we have a house) 
                      - small air compressor
                      - refrigerator for field office 
                      - volunteer willing to be trained and
                        assist with grounds mowing

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

Wilson's Warbler, photo by Brooks Short

It's November and the winter birds are here. The woods and fields are full of sparrows, kinglets, and winter warblers. We hear several Eastern Phoebes singing every day and we are still seeing a few hummingbirds. Come see what turns up in the nets. Bird banding will be on Saturday, November 21 from 8:00 until noon. Remember, the birds get up early so the earlier you are here the more you'll see. Seeing birds in the hand is a great way to get kids young and old excited about wildlife. See the map on our webpage for directions or use your GPS to take you to 299 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson, TX.

Photo of the Month

This photo of a Groove-billed Ani was taken by Bill Ahlstrom across the street from the Xeriscape Park at Quintana on October 12th. Turns out there were at least five anis there and they stayed through at least the 19th.


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