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GCBO June E-news
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

June, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

In this Issue:

 

Birding Classic Conservation Projects

 

Dow To Host Skimmer Day

 

2011 State of the Birds

 

GCBO Hosts Summer Intern

 

GCBO Contributes to Bolivian Cloud Forest Acquisition

 

GCBO Sanctuary Enhancements

 

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

 

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Photos courtesy of Mike Gray, Brad Lirette, Dow Texas Ops, and GCBO staff.
View on GCBO website.

June 2011

Birding Classic Conservation Projects

This year $53,000 was awarded in Birding Classic grants bringing the grand total raised for conservation along the Texas coast by this event to $789,500. The 2011 winning teams chose four restoration projects and three enhancement projects. Restoration projects include the Port Aransas Nature Preserve, Welder Wildlife Refuge, TNC's Sandyland Sanctuary, and TNC's Southmost Preserve. Enhancement projects include Packery Channel Oak Motte Sanctuary, Freeport Wetlands and Russ Pittman Park in Houston. Full project details are available on the Birding Classic Website. Congratulations to all participants for supporting conservation along the Texas coast!

Dow to Host Skimmer Day

On Saturday, June 25th, Dow Texas Operations will host their annual Skimmer Day from 9:00am to noon. This free public event provides a rare opportunity to view one of the largest nesting colonies of Black Skimmers on the Texas Gulf Coast. Black Skimmers are considered colonial waterbirds because they nest in large colonies. These unique birds have a longer lower mandible than upper. They feed by flying low over the water, opening their bills, and skimming the water with their lower mandible to catch small fish. No other North American bird has mandibles that are different lengths! Meet at the Dow A-41 gate located on FM 523 which is 1 mile south of Hwy 332 and FM 523 intersection for shuttles to the site.

2011 State of the Birds

Each year the State of the Birds report provides important scientific data to a broad audience with a call to action to improve the conservation status of birds and the environment. This year's report provides the first assessment of the distribution of birds on public lands in the U.S. and helps public agencies identify which species have significant potential for conservation in each habitat. More than one-third of U.S. lands (>850 million acres) and all of our oceans are publicly owned and these habitats support more than 800 bird species, one-third of which are endangered, threatened, or of conservation concern. Read the entire report to get the full story and see how you can help our public lands managers help the birds.

GCBO Hosts Summer Intern

We are very happy to have Sierra Dyer interning with us this summer. Sierra is a senior at Texas A&M in their Bioenvironmental Science program. She has always been a bird and nature lover. In high school she was the president of the Clear Lake High School Earth Club which helped to raise money for our site partner Armand Bayou Nature Center. At A&M she has participated in the Environmental Issues Committee and the Student Association of Environmental Professionals. Sierra is interested in learning about the workings of a bird conservation organization and therefore chose GCBO to help her meet one of the final requirements for her degree. She will be getting some field experience on our American Oystercatcher study, supporting several pilot studies including looking at the distribution of loggerhead shrikes in suburban and rural areas, and participating in conservation planning activities, data entry, and office support activities. Welcome Sierra!

GCBO Contributes to Bolivian Cloud Forest Acquisition

GCBO has awarded a $15,000 Tropical Forest Forever Fund grant to Asociacion Armonia for the acquisition of a 45-acre tract of cloud forest in southeastern Bolivia. This forest provides critical nesting habitat for the Tucuman Parrot (Amazona tucumana), a species endemic to the southern Yungas Cloud Forest eco-region. This rare parrot is globally threatened due to habitat loss and capture for the pet trade. Recent field surveys undertaken by Armonia staff to map and monitor Tucuman Parrot nesting sites found this Quirusillas cloud forest tract to be an important breeding area – in fact the only area with successful nests in 2010. What’s good for the parrot is also important wintering habitat for boreal migrants including Peregrine Falcon, Swallow-tailed Kite, Swainson's Thrush, Barn Swallow, Red-eyed Vireo, and Turkey Vulture. See more on this acquisition and all of our earlier TFFF grant projects on our website.

GCBO Sanctuary Enhancements

In May, GCBO hosted a team of 14 volunteers from all across the U.S. Thanks to their hard work, we now have a new 250-ft elevated boardwalk through the woods that leads to a blind over looking our wetland where the Wood Ducks come in every evening. Come out and enjoy this peaceful setting and see what you can spot hanging out in the wetland. Special thanks to Bud Little of Palm Builders in Sugarland for the design and oversight of the project.
 

Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

Join us from 8:00 until noon on Saturday, June 18th for our monthly bird banding session. GCBO Research Associates Robert & Kay Lookingbill will explain the aging and sexing process as they band the birds. We caught a lot of fledglings in May but I'm sure there's more! This feisty Northern Parula is nesting in our woods! 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 or find a map by going to Mapquest or GoogleMaps.  Note that some other navigators will not take you to the correct location.

 

 

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