Nature Notes is a weekly article written by GCBO staff members and volunteers. Articles are written about interesting stories, fascinating species, and other environmental topics. All of our authors are avid birders, so you can expect to read a lot of bird-related Nature Notes! In these articles you can read about everything from sea foam to turkeys to the science of migration. We write about anything that we find fun and interesting, so Nature Notes are always entertaining!

These articles are published in many local papers all along the coast of Texas, bringing GCBO’s passion for nature and wildlife to audiences that might not normally be exposed to it. Our mission with these writings is to educate the public about the wonders and issues going on in our environment and to get people thinking about natural world around them!

If your publication is interested in Nature Notes, please contact education and outreach manager Celeste Silling at or call our office at 979-480-0999.

To read our previously published articles, click on the links below.


Why Grow Native Plants? by Celeste Silling, September 26 2020

Marbled Godwit by Taylor Bennett, September 19 2020

Bowerbirds by Sarah Belles, September 12 2020

Hummingbird Migration by Susan Heath, September 5 2020

Birds and Gulf Storms by Martin Hagne, August 29 2020

Virtual Birding Festivals by Celeste Silling August 22 2020

Gull-billed Terns by Taylor Bennett, August 15 2020

Dragonflies by Morgan Barnes, August 8 2020

Mexican Eagles by Susan Heath, August 1 2020

Northern Cardinals by Celeste Silling, July 18 2020

Ghost Crabs by Taylor Bennett, July 11 2020

Wildlife Myths by Morgan Barnes, July 4 2020

Cowbirds by Susan Heath, June 27 2020

Kites with no Strings Attached by Martin Hagne, June 20 2020

Balloons by Celeste Silling, June 13 2020

Wilson’s Plovers by Taylor Bennett, June 6 2020

Opossums by Morgan Barnes, May 30 2020

Nighthawks by Susan Heath, May 23 2020

Birding the Pandemic by Martin Hagne, May 16 2020

What Makes Hummingbirds Special by Celeste Silling, May 9 2020

Least Terns by Taylor Bennett, May 2 2020

Aposematism by Morgan Barnes, April 25 2020

We Need to be Oystercatchers by Susan Heath, April 18 2020

Too Much of a Good Thing by Martin Hagne, April 11 2020

Cats and Birds Dont’t Mix by GCBO Staff, April 4 2020

Semipalmated Plovers by Taylor Bennett, March 28 2020

Murders, Ambushes and Prides, Oh My! by Morgan Barnes, March 21 2020

An Amazing Pelican Journey by Kay Lookingbill, March 14 2020

Thunderbirds Over Texas by Martin Hagne, March 7 2020

The Science of Brewing Beer by Celeste Silling, February 29 2020

Mysteries of the Moon Snails by Taylor Bennett, February 22 2020

The Curious Case of the Puffin Face by Morgan Barnes, February 15 2020

Why No Birds? by Martin Hagne, February 8 2020

Birds in Love by Celeste Silling, February 1 2020

Purple Martins by Sue Heath, January 25 2020

Longnose Spider Crabs by Taylor Bennett, January 18 2020

Why Count Birds? by Martin Hagne, January 11 2020

White Nose Syndrome by Celeste Silling, January 4 2020


Support the Birds This Christmas by Sue Heath, Dec 28 2019

Sanderlings by Taylor Bennett, Dec 21 2019

The Biology of Migration by Celeste Silling, Dec 14 2019

How Birds Flock by Celeste Silling, Dec 7 2019

Turkey For Thanksgiving by Sue Heath, Nov 30 2019

The Mighty Red Knot by Taylor Bennett, Nov 23 2019

Vultures: Nature’s Cleanup Crew by Martin Hagne, Nov 16 2019

How Owls Hunt by Celeste Silling, Nov 9, 2019

Sinkholes by Heather Hill, Nov 2, 2019

Blackbird or Black Bird? by Sue Heath, Oct 26 2019

Native Plants by Chris Kneupper Oct 19 2019

Wrack by Taylor Bennett, Oct 12 2019

Smith Point Hawk Watch by Sue Heath, Sept 28 2019

Nature’s Echo by Martin Hagne, Sept 21 2019

Black Skimmers by Taylor Bennett, Sept 7 2019