In the fall of 2014 the Gulf Coast Young Ornithologist (GCYO) activities were initiated. This group is spearheaded by our board member Mike Williams. Mike grew up in England where he was very involved in a similar group. His ideas and lots of time have gone into getting this concept underway. It is for school age kids and each month has a different focus. On the third Saturday morning of every month coinciding with bird banding the GCYO meet from 9-11. Check the GCBO home page for each month’s topic.
For 7 years GCBO was the organization responsible for the successful coordination of the Great Texas Birding Classic. Although the 15th annual 2011 Classic was the last one GCBO organized, the conservation work that resulted is continuing. The Classic raised and contributed $789,500 for bird habitat conservation along the entire Texas coast – 83 individual grants. The grants were awarded for habitat restoration, acquisition and human accessibility enhancements.