The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory is dependent on strong collaborative partnerships to succeed at conservation. We recognize that GCBO alone cannot address the significant challenges that face birds today. In fact, no single agency or organization can. By working together, everyone accomplishes more. Our staff is experienced at helping people come together to forge and implement collaborative solutions that meet local as well as Gulf-wide needs for birds and habitat stewardship. In addition, we partner with organizations that are working toward broader conservation and community engagement and awareness goals. Our partners and our organization have been widely recognized for the significant conservation actions and the diverse cooperative partnerships that completed them. A few of our key partnerships are listed below.
Partners in Flight
Partners in Flight was launched in 1990 in response to growing concerns about declines in the populations of many land bird species. The initial focus was on neotropical migrants, species that breed in the Nearctic (North America) and winter in the Neotropics (Central and South America), but the focus has spread to include all landbirds. The central premise of Partners in Flight has been that the resources of public and private organizations in the Western Hemisphere must be combined, coordinated, and increased in order to achieve success in conserving bird populations in this hemisphere.
Partners in Flight is a cooperative effort involving partnerships among federal, state and local government agencies, philanthropic foundations, professional organizations, conservation groups, industry, the academic community, and private individuals. The Partners in Flight mission is expressed in three related concepts: Helping Species at Risk; Keeping Common Birds Common; and Voluntary Partnerships for Birds, Habitats and People.
Gulf Coast Joint Venture
The Gulf Coast Joint Venture (GCJV) is a bird habitat conservation partnership that spans the coastal portions of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. It is one of 18 bird habitat joint ventures in the U.S.
The mission of the GCJV is to advance the conservation of important bird habitats within the GCJV region through biological planning, implementation of habitat conservation actions, and focused monitoring and evaluation of the planning and implementation process. Gulf Coast Bird Observatory is a member of the GCJV Management Board, which is composed of a diverse array of partners from federal and state government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private landowners involved in the conservation of bird habitat and populations along the western U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast.
Lone Star Coastal National Recreational Area
The proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area would include sites spanning four coastal counties: Matagorda, Brazoria, Galveston, and Chambers. It would be built around a core of existing sites through coordination and cooperation by public, private, and nonprofit landowners. A National Recreation Area for the Upper Texas Coast would include only those public and private landowners who voluntarily chose to participate. It is envisioned as a non-contiguous cluster of lands, historic sites and structures within the region, to be leveraged and promoted by a custom-built, locally-governed partnership between the participants and the NPS. NPS’s expertise in education, visitor services, tourism marketing and stakeholder coordination, among other things, make them a valued partner in this expansive public-private partnership.
GCBO is a member of the LSCNRA Coalition, a diverse coalition of stakeholders who has worked together over the past three years to develop and define the proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area. This coalition includes a region-wide steering committee, participating landowners that together represent more than 20,000 acres of suitable park-related sites, and other supporting entities from within the project area. The Coalition is led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, honorary chair, and John L. Nau, III, chair, and is facilitated by the National Parks Conservation Association, which provides staffing and other resources.
Texas Land Trust Alliance
The Texas Land Trust Council (TLTC) was formed in the late 90s in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to serve as a support association for the more than 30 land trusts working throughout Texas. Today, TLTC is an independent nonprofit organization that continues to promote and sustain the conservation efforts of Texas land trusts. The Texas Land Trust Council encourages excellence in the Texas land trust community through collaboration, education, and outreach. To date, TLTC member land trusts have helped to conserve more than 1.5 million acres of land.
GCBO is often approached about taking on conservation easements, and benefits from its membership in the Texas Land Trust Alliance.
1% To Conserve Galveston Island™
1% To Conserve Galveston Island™ is made up of local businesses working to conserve our open space lands, view sheds and natural resources on Galveston Island. Funds are raised solely by the participating businesses collecting a voluntary 1% donation on the gross sales before taxes of products and services from their customers. 100% of 1% To Conserve’s income is collected by these businesses. The money is used to protect natural resources, views, recreational access, wildlife habitat and clean water on Galveston Island. A Program Director and an Advisory Committee oversee the program. The Advisory Committee is comprised of local business owners who participate in 1% To Conserve Galveston Island™, governmental agencies and representatives from the community. GCBO is a member of the Advisory Committee.
1% To Conserve Galveston Island™ is a program of Artist Boat a 501(c)(3) public charity.