Save the Date -
Holiday Open House
En-Raptor-Ed Family Day
Grande Valley Birding Festival
Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO
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Land Acquisition Challenge Grant
Announcing a New Land Acquisition Challenge Grant. The Malcolm C.
Damuth Foundation has offered the GCBO a $60,000 Challenge Grant!
The grant will be paid over two years at the rate of $30,000 a year
beginning in December of 2011.
In order to receive this generous donation we are required to raise
matching funds of $15,000 a year for two years. I hope we can meet
this challenge and because I know you appreciate land acquisition. I
invite you to help. Thanks to this Foundation challenge we have an
amazing opportunity to increase the value and earnings potential of
our Endowment so that we can continue to protect vital migration
stopover habitat around the Gulf. Remember - your donation today -
regardless of its size - will help expand and protect bird habitat
now and for the future. We only have until November 30th to meet our
goal of $15,000 - so I need to hear from you right away!
to read more and to make a donation.
Save the Date - Holiday Open House
Friday December 2
Shop from 10:00AM to 5:00PM
103 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson
shopping at a leisurely pace this year at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory's
HOLIDAY SALE. GCBO's Nature Store will offer our local friends and members a
place to find a "natural" gift for everyone on their wish list while supporting
bird conservation efforts and our local sanctuary. Can't get by GCBO? Check out
our offerings on-line at
or call the office for that special book order or to Adopt-A-Hummer certificate.
On this one day, enjoy tax free shopping.
As always members receive a 10% discount for a total savings 18.25%. For more
information call 979-480-0999.
Vacancy: Adopt-a-Wildlife Garden
Adopt-A-Garden Volunteer Ryan Ubias from Houston
dedicates one afternoon a week to nurture our beautiful
Hummingbird Garden here at the GCBO Sanctuary in Lake
Jackson. We are grateful for his time and energy which
keeps the garden blooming profusely despite this
summer’s heat and drought. All of September and October
this small but species rich garden hosted dozens of
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds daily. Our John Tveten
Memorial Butterfly Garden has also been adopted by the
Lake Jackson Garden Club –it too is looking’ good!
We have another garden in need of weekly tender love and
care –it’s called the Stargazer Shade Garden. Already
Stargazer attracts a lot of birds and has an excellent,
near-by watering system. It does need more plants and a
good coating of mulch. Come on out, be a Ryan, and adopt
the Stargazer. You may just be rewarded by a stealthy
Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, or a flock of American
En-Raptor-Ed Family Day
Put this date on your
Saturday November 5th
GCBO will host our En-Raptor-Ed Family Day event at the
Kinkaid School in Houston, TX. The program will feature
raptors from The Raptor Project on display and
in flight. Jonathon Wood will take
us on an aerial extravaganza with his raptor entourage
which includes live birds of prey from every habitat on
the planet: Arctic, Desert, Rainforest, Wetland,
Prairie, Woodland, and Tundra. This year's event is
honoring Jan Cato and awards will be given for Volunteer
of the Year and Site Partner of the Year. Come see some of the most magnificent
birds on earth and enjoy a delicious lunch from Beck's
Prime for your
contribution of $100 per adult, $15 per child. Please
website or call our office
at 979-480-0999 for more information. We hope you will
make every effort to attend because it will be great fun
for all ages!
Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival
GCBO will be hosting
a booth at the festival in Harlingen, Texas November 9-13, 2011. The Rio Grande
Valley boasts the biggest concentration of eye-popping tropical species, birds
not found anywhere else in the U.S. and the birding festival is long-famed for
the quality of its field trip leaders. Bird with the big names, the authors and
editors of your favorite books and publications. Check out their fresh offerings
this year - butterfly trips, trips with less walking, and trips to lesser-known
hotspots. Read more about the festival on their
and come by the GCBO booth while you are there to get an update on our programs,
buy a Birding Classic t-shirt, and visit with our staff.
Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO
We reached 3000 birds banded
at GCBO! Research Associates Robert & Kay Lookingbill are shown above
holding lucky number 3000, an adult male Orchard Oriole banded on July
16th. Join us from 8:00 until noon
on Saturday, November 19th for our next monthly bird banding session. Our winter residents
should be here.
Come see who has returned to spend the winter with us! This 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.