Tag: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons and Vultures of North America By Kevin T. Karlson

Join us at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Friday Oct 5th, as renowned nature photographer Kevin Karlson presents a visually stunning program reflecting the mood and content of Birds of Prey by Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).   The presentation runs from 7:30-8:30 pm. A $5 donation suggested for admittance. Kevin will be available to sign copies of his book following… Read more »

GCBO Co-sponsoring Rice University Course – Discover the variety of birds in the Texas Gulf Coast from the yellow-crowned night heron to the peregrine falcon, with a guided birdwatching field trip.

As a world-renowned region for birding, the Texas Gulf Coast is home to a great number and variety of beautiful birds. The roseate spoonbill, the yellow-crowned night heron, the American avocet, the scissor-tailed flycatcher and the peregrine falcon are just a few examples of birds that can be found either in Houston or within a short drive. In this introduction to birding—one of the… Read more »

Do you know about the Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) – the bird that skims the air on our Texas coastline?

The Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) is an uncommon to common resident along the Texas coastline with fewer birds present during the winter. They tend to stay within 50 miles of the coastline and the majority of records further inland are associated with tropical systems. Although they are predominantly a coastal species, they are frequently seen in the South Texas Brush Country and small populations have existed… Read more »

The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory’s Bird of the Month: The Cattle Egret

The Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) is an abundant resident across the state of Texas. They can be found in every county of the state during the migration or breeding period and small numbers reside along the Texas coastal plains year round. In the western half of the state they tend to be locally distributed around preferred habit. During the migration period, they can be found… Read more »

Wildlife Photography Presentation and Workshops

Kevin Karlson, expert wildlife photographer, will be on site at GCBO Friday October 5th to present his work on the recently published “Birds of Prey” book. He will talk about the different groups of raptors found in North America, sharing his photos and his raptor field stories with us. A $5 donation is suggested for admittance. Kevin will be available to sign copies of… Read more »

GCBO Presents: Kevin Karlson’s “Birds of Prey” and Photography Workshops – Only 40 participants, so hurry

Join us Friday, October 5th 2018 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm as Kevin Karlson presents this visually stunning program reflecting the mood and content of Birds of Prey by Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). The show begins with a video introduction by Pete Dunne where he explains the concept of the book as images of raptors are shown. Kevin will then… Read more »

Go birding in Mexico with GCBO in the fall of 2018

Oaxaca, Mexico in September 2018 Veracruz, Mexico in October 2018 Duluth, Minnesota in January 2019   We will be in pursuit of so many incredible birds as we partner with expert tour leaders to ensure the best experience possible.   Come chase exotic raptors in Veracruz with Bill Clark, one of the leading authorities on raptors, and Martin Hagne, GCBO’s Executive Director.    Find… Read more »

GCBO’s Native Plant Nursery

The Growery. We had quite a setback from Harvey and the 2 hard freezes, but the surviving plants have now revealed themselves, and we have sorted through most of them and put them on display. Emma Shelly has made us some new signs for the most-common offerings. We have also planted many seeds over the winter, and have MANY new plants coming up.   Workdays have been started again… Read more »

GCBOs News

Spring Fling and the Art Auction! Spring Fling is here and we couldn’t be more excited!   Quintana Sanctuaries is in full bloom and already being visited by travel-weary birds. Stop by from April 7th to May 6th anytime from 9 am – 4 pm daily to wander the beautiful grounds and see what migrants have set up camp at the Sanctuaries.   Quintana… Read more »

Spring Fling 2018 and Art Auction

WHAT IS SPRING FLING?   Spring Fling is an amazing opportunity to see and celebrate the return of migratory songbirds as they arrive at stopover habitat along the coast. This is great time to enjoy the wide variety of species that migrate through Texas dressed in their spring finery and to see birds like Baltimore Orioles, Grosbeaks, Summer and Scarlet Tanagers, and numerous warbler… Read more »

GCBO’s Bird of the Month

The Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli) is a common year round resident in the mountains of West Texas (predominantly the Guadalupe and Davis Mountains) where they live in coniferous forest. There are occasional records for this species in lower elevations, including the desert scrub of the Trans-Pecos regions, predominantly during the winter as well as a few records in the western Panhandle.   The Mountain… Read more »

Brew in the Bayou Coming Up Soon.. and then The Spring Fling… and you can adopt an Oystercatcher Pair!

Brew on the Bayou is less than 2 weeks away! After the set-back that was Harvey we are so excited to finally host our 20th Anniversary event on Saturday March 10th from 4 – 8 pm.   We are finalizing event details and organizing a host of volunteers to help run Brew – and the more we talk about it the more we realize… Read more »

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory Bird of the Month

Please enjoy a very subtly beautiful bird of the month and remember – our 20th Anniversary celebration, Brew on the Bayou, is coming up in March! We hope to see you there! To download high resolution versions of this month’s photo, click HERE To support us and our work to protect the birds and their habitats around the Gulf and beyond, please consider making… Read more »