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GCBO April e-news
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

April, 2013

 

 

 

 

In this Issue:

 

Quintana Spring Fling

 

Spring Fling Auction

 

Servolution Volunteers

 

April Birds and Bottomlands Blitz

 

Quintana Workday

 

Spring Events

 

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

 

Member Photo of the Month

 

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Photos courtesy of Mike Gray and GCBO staff.
View on GCBO website.

April 2013

 

Quintana Spring Fling

It's nearly April which means it's almost time for GCBO's Quintana Spring Fling. As in years past, Spring Fling will be held daily the entire month of April at Quintana Neotropic Bird Sanctuary. We will have knowledgeable volunteers and staff on hand to answer your bird questions, keep a daily list, and sell water and snacks. Stop by and visit! We need your help to make this event a success, so contact us if you would like to offer your unique skills to help out.

Spring Fling Auction

Our annual Spring Fling auction will be up and running as of April 1st. Check it out and see what goodies there are to be had! Visit frequently as we will be adding items throughout the month. All proceeds will go to benefit bird conservation along the Texas coast. If you have questions about an item, contact Carol for more information.

Servolution Volunteers

For the fourth 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, 14 enthusiastic members of the local church donated 42 service hours getting all of our wildlife gardens trimmed, weeded, and mulched. The hummingbird and butterfly gardens look spiffy and are ready to receive all of the spring migrants. We know that you too will enjoy the gardens so come on out and see for yourself the handiwork provided by our loyal community volunteers.

 

 

April Birds and Bottomlands Blitz

GCBO is happy to join forces with our local Cradle of Texas Master Naturalists to again offer a morning in our sanctuary to study nature and learn more about the importance of the Columbia Bottomland hardwood forest which is a critical link in many species' life cycle. April's Birds and Bottomlands Blitz will be held on the 13th from 9:00 to 11:00am. Join GCBO volunteer and master naturalist Tom Morris along with GCBO's Conservation Science Director, Felipe Chavez and learn about bird migration at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory.

Quintana Workday

Fourteen volunteers helped spruce up the Quintana Neotropic Bird Sanctuary in preparation for spring migration. We chopped, hauled, and watered to clear the trails and remove woody debris. We were treated to a few early migrants while we worked including Black-and-white Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Northern Parula and one very friendly and gorgeous male Hooded Warbler who seemed quite happy to forage around our feet.

Spring Events

Spring bird-related events are coming up quick. FeatherFest & Nature PhotoFest will be held April 11-14 in Galveston and Migration Celebration will be held April 20-21 at San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge. On April 26-28, GCBO research associates Robert and Kay Lookingbill and GCBO biologist Susan Heath will be banding hummingbirds at the Wings over the Hills Nature Festival in Fredericksburg, Texas. 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 if you are so inclined, contact the organizers and offer your skills.

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

It's April! Spring migrants will be pouring in. We should catch some pretty gems! Join us from 8:00 until noon on Saturday, April 13th (note that this is the second Saturday not the third) for our next monthly bird banding session and see who is passing through. 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.

Photo of the Month

GCBO board member Dave Brandes snapped this Great Blue Heron hunting in one of the water features during the Birdies for the Birds Golf Tournament on Friday, March 22nd. The tournament was a success with 60 golfers participating in our inaugural event.

 

Our Vision is a healthy ecosystem with abundant space for birds to survive and thrive around the Gulf of Mexico.

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