American Bird Conservancy
Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program
GCBO has teamed up with American Bird Conservancy to increase protection and public awareness of beach nesting bird populations that were affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. This project focuses on Black Skimmers and Wilson’s Plovers, but many other colonial nesting waterbirds will benefit from the conservation measures being taken. With funding from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation and leadership by ABC Coordinator Kacy Ray, outreach actions include posting educational signage at nesting islands as shown above, conducting boater awareness surveys, distributing a Fisherman's and Boater's Bird Guide to the breeding birds of the Texas Coast, and a Public Service Announcement that was aired in several major markets on the Gulf coast. GCBO’s research actions include monitoring the Black Skimmer colony at the Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, one of the largest skimmer colonies on the Texas coast and monitoring breeding Wilson’s Plovers in Brazoria and Matagorda Counties.
Guide to the Breeding Birds of the Texas Coast
Public Service Announcement
If you would like to distribute copies of the Fisherman and Boater's Guide to Birds or know of a place where they would be useful, please contact Susan Heath for information.
For more information on this Gulf-wide project, please visit the Help Gulf Birds