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Gulf Coast Bird Observatory E-Newsletter
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

March, 2011

 

 

 

 

In this Issue:

 

Great Texas Birding Classic Auction

 

Welcome Karen Cornelius

 

TFFF Ecuador Acquisition

 

Avian Monitoring Volunteers

 

Spring Local Events

 

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

 

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If you found this e-newsletter interesting, please consider taking the next step and becoming a member or volunteering for one of our many outreach activities.  If you are already a member, thank you for your support!  Check out our Ways to Donate page for more opportunities to support our conservation efforts. 

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

March 2011

Great Texas Birding Classic Auction

 

Like this John O'Neill painting of a Red-headed Woodpecker? It can be yours if you are the high bidder in the Birding Classic Auction! We have many exciting items to bid on this year including books, bird houses, original art, birding trips and festivals, and much more. Take a look at the Auction Webpage and place your bid today. Bidding will continue through Friday, April 15.

Don't forget that registration is now open and the Classic is EARLY this year. The registration deadline is March 7 which is coming up very quickly. Register online at the Classic Website or fill out a registration form and fax it to us.

Welcome Karen Cornelius

Karen Cornelius joined our flock in January. A love of the outdoors has been a lifelong passion revealed through her interests: hiking, camping, photography and gardening.  She began birding at Mad Island Marsh and Matagorda Island on the Gulf Coast. Karen brings 25 years of fundraising experience and in-depth knowledge of conservation issues to GCBO. She received her B.A. degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She began her 12 year tenure at The Nature Conservancy by opening the Houston region office. In 1998 she became the Director of Development for the Texas state chapter and directed the "For Texas, Forever" campaign for education centers, land acquisition, endowments, and international programs.  She plans to facilitate the growth of GCBO's programs by enhancing funding and growing membership.

TFFF Ecuador Acquisition

The Narupa Reserve, owned by Fundaci?n Jocotoco protects mid-elevation tropical forest along the east slope of the Andes, just above the Amazon lowlands of Ecuador. This is an endemic-rich zone, where several globally threatened bird species are found as well as winterning Neotropical-Nearctic migrants including Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western and Eastern Wood-Pewees,  Swainson’s Thrush, and Blackburnian and Canada Warblers. Amazonian foothill rainforest is the most threatened forest type on the east slope of the Andes, and is poorly protected in any of the Andean nations of South America. The Reserve is threatened by slash & burn agriculture, and human colonization. With over 80% of the tropical rainforests already destroyed, time is of the essence to save this threatened ecosystem. Thus GCBO was honored to approve a TFFF Grant of $29,636 for the acquisition of 166 acres that will extend the reserve towards Sumaco-Napo-Galeras National Park, ultimately forming a biological corridor from the higher elevation forests of the National Park to the foothill forests of the Narupa Reserve.

 

See this remarkable reserve on Google Earth: coordinates 0 deg 38’ 04.19” S, 77 deg 42’ 12.45” W.

 

Avian Monitoring Volunteers

GCBO, Houston Audubon, and the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition are coordinating an avian monitoring project in three areas of Houston to assess the impact of large buildings on neotropical migrants during spring migration. Possible sites include the Houston Center, Greenway Plaza, and Post Oak Central. Surveys will begin on April 3rd and will be conducted daily at approximately 7:00am and 7:00pm until May 15th. Each survey will require about an hour of time. You can volunteer for mornings or evenings and only certain days of the week if you like. You are not required to commit to doing all of the surveys! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jeff Woodman for more information.

Spring Local Events

It's nearly spring and local bird-related events are coming up quick. Besides the Great Texas Birding Classic, there is GCBO's Quintana Spring Fling held daily the entire month of April at Quintana Neotropic Bird Sanctuary, FeatherFest April 7-10 in Galveston, and Migration Celebration, April 15-17 at San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge. 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 think about offering your unique skills to help out! Contact us if you can help with Quintana Spring Fling.

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

Join us from 8:00 until noon on Saturday, March 19th for our monthly bird banding session. GCBO Research Associates Robert & Kay Lookingbill will explain the aging and sexing process as they band the birds. Last month we captured two female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds that were previously banded. Because they were banded, we can determine that one was seven years old!  Come out and see what surprises are in store for 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.  Note that mapquest and googlemaps will not guide you to the right place using our address.

 

 



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