Bottomlands Blitz - Wild Flowers and Prairie Habitat
to Breeding Birds
Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO
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Birds and Bottomland Blitz - Wild Flowers and Prairie Habitat
The next Birds and Bottomland Blitz program
will feature wild flowers and prairie habitat. Thomas Adams will
host this event on Saturday, April 7, from 9:00 to 11:00am.
Thomas Adams is a botanist at the Texas Mid-coast National
Wildlife Refuge Complex here in Brazoria County. The monthly program is
a joint effort by the Cradle of Texas Master Naturalists and
GCBO to raise awareness of the importance of the Columbia
Bottomlands to birds and other native flora and fauna.
Next month's topic is Insects of the Bottomland
For the third year in a row we have been lucky enough to
have a volunteer team from the Brazospoint Fellowship
come out to conduct habitat projects on our sanctuary
here in Lake Jackson. This year, 17 enthusiastic members
of the local church built a small creek linking the two
constructed wetlands. The new creek was artfully
decorated with river stone and now provides important
water exchange for the wetlands. The new creek is best
viewed from the near-by observation tower and is sure to
attract a lot of birds this spring. Part of the team
also planted native flowering annuals under the tower
stairwell to add to the beauty of the whole area. Come
on out and climb the tower to see this lovely new
enhancement provided by our community volunteers.
Quintana Spring Fling
Come join us at the
Quintana Neotropic Bird Sanctuary on Quintana Island in
April for our annual Spring Fling event. GCBO staff and
volunteers will once again host a welcome station to
greet visitors, provide birding information, keep a
sightings list, and keep everyone refreshed with drinks
and snacks. If you find yourself in need of a new field
guide, we'll have some of those too. We have plenty of
Quintana patches with either a Painted Bunting or a Ruby-throated Hummingbird
and we know everyone will just have to have one! Come
check out our photography blind too. The
host station will be staffed from 9:00am to 4:00pm so
come by and visit. If you would like to volunteer to be
a host, please call Reba at 979-480-0999.
Check out our
Fling Auction to raise money for habitat conservation along
the Texas Coast. We have many unique items and fantastic trips!
Fisherman's and Boater's Guide to Breeding Birds
GCBO has teamed up with American Bird Conservancy,
Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, and Audubon
Texas to create a Fisherman's and Boater's Bird Guide to
the Texas coast. This is part of a larger project to
protect colonial nesting waterbirds around the Gulf of
Mexico as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Other aspects of this project include posting signs on
nesting islands, and a Public Service Announcement that
is currently playing on CBS in the Houston area. Click
on the image above to see the complete guide.
Click here to see the PSA on youtube. If you
frequent area boat ramps or stores where fishermen and
boaters are common and would like to distribute some
brochures to these locations, please let us know! And
remember, when you're on Texas bays "Fish, Swim, and
Play from 50 Yards Away!".
nearly spring and local bird-related events are coming up quick.
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
think about offering your unique skills to help out!
Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO
If you are a bird, it's
spring! The Purple Martins are back, Cave Swallows are swarming under
bridges, and migrant songbirds are beginning to arrive. Join us from
8:00 until noon on Saturday, April 14th for our next monthly bird banding session
and see what migrants we find. 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.
Note that bird banding is on the SECOND Saturday of the
month in April!