Bottomlands Blitz - Insects of the Bottomland Forest
Summer Bird Camp
GCBO Receives New
Come See Us at
Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO
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Birds and Bottomland Blitz - Insects of the Bottomland Forest
The next Birds and Bottomland Blitz program
will feature insects of the bottomland forest. Ed Barrios and
Jerry Epner will
host this event on Saturday, May 12, from 9:00 to 11:00am.
Both Ed and Jerry are master naturalists with the Cradle of Texas
Master Naturalists. 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.
Summer Bird Camp
From June 11-15, 2012, the Gulf Coast Bird
Observatory will hold our first ever summer day camp on
birds and birding for ages 8-11. The camp will run from
9:00 to 1:00 each day and will include varying outdoor
learning experiences including bird identification, how
and why birds communicate, build a bird, bird sketching,
examining wetland critters eaten by wading birds, and
conducting a mini-research project. At the end of the
camp, each participant will graduate as a certified
"Bird Scene Investigator". Fee for the camp is $150 and
includes all supplies for the camp activities along with
a snack. If you are one of the next five to sign
up though, you will get a special $50 discount and your
child can attend for only $100. Sign up today!
We hope to
instill a love of nature, the outdoors and birds as we
spend the week exploring a vast variety of bird related
topics. The backbone of the week will come from GCBO's
Coastal Wild Bird Trunk, an educational resource
developed with grants from NOAA, USFWS, the GLO, the
Trull Foundation, and TPWD. For more information call or
e-mail Carol at GCBO (979-480-0999).
GCBO Receives New Grant
GCBO has received a follow-on
two-year $135,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation SPIRIT of Migratory Bird Conservation Program to
continue our research on American Oystercatchers in Texas. This
program is partially funded by ConocoPhillips, a long-time
supporter of GCBO programs. We will continue our nesting
monitoring and color banding of birds and for this grant we will
begin a public awareness campaign on the plight of
oystercatchers that includes signage, seminars, and a Public
Service Announcement. This grant requires a 1:1 to match so for
every dollar received from NFWF, GCBO must raise a dollar. That
adds up to $135,000 in matching funds. To help us protect
American Oystercatchers in Texas please
click here to contribute to this valuable research program.
Come See Us At Anahuac
Join biologist Susan Heath at the International
Migratory Bird Day celebration at Anahuac National
Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, May 12. This event is
hosted by the Friends of Anahuac Refuge and will be held
at the new Anahuac NWR headquarters buidling on FM 563
in Chambers County. Susan will host the
GCBO booth from 10:00 to 2:00 and give a presentation on the Smith Point
Hawk Watch at 11:30. There will be tours, guest
speakers, butterfly and dragonfly walks, a kids craft
tent and hands-on activities.
Click here for more information or call
Americorps Team at GCBO
During the months of March and April
we were honored to host an 11-member AmeriCorps Team at our
sanctuary. Working with these future leaders of America was an
awesome experience! For two mornings each week the team improved
and built trails, planted trees, re-designed our native plant
nursery, removed drought killed trees, assisted with education
projects, painted boardwalks, and even helped with office work a
few days. In all the energetic team invested 350 man-hours in
GCBO and accomplished so much more than would have ever been
completed without them! When not working with us, they shared
their time with two other local groups: True to Life Ministries
and the Boys and Girls Club of Brazoria County assisting them
with their youth education programming. This week they return
to their base camp in Colorado where they will pick up their
next assignments scattered across the U.S. The team is
photographed here in the GCBO garden sporting safari hats we
gave them as ‘thank you’ presents.
Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO
Spring migrants are pouring
through and we are seeing them daily at GCBO. Join us from 8:00 until
noon on Saturday, May 19th 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.