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Birds and Bottomland BioBlitz
Join Mike Lange and Thomas Adams for the January Birds and Bottomland BioBlitz at GCBO on Saturday, January 14 from 9:00 to 11:00am. The monthly program is a joint effort by the Cradle of Texas Master Naturalists and GCBO to raise awareness of the importance of this habitat type to birds. This month's focus will be Trees and Shrubs of the Bottomlands. Come learn about the Columbia Bottomlands from the experts. Our leaders are both biologists at the Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex which includes Brazoria NWR, San Bernard NWR, and Big Boggy NWR. Mike is in charge of the Columbia Bottomlands refuge acquisition project and Thomas is the resident botanist. We are sure you will enjoy learning everything about bottomlands trees and shrubs from them!
Next month's topic is Lichens and Mushrooms with Warren Pruess.
Summer Bird Camp
From June 11-15, 2012, the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory will hold our first ever summer day camp on birds and birding for ages 8-11. Our goal is to meet a recognized need for children to get outside and experience nature. The Texas Children in Nature Strategic Plan states "Research shows that children who play outdoors are more likely to be vigorously active and are less likely to have weight and health problems." Specifically there is a reduced risk of myopia, asthma and vitamin D deficiency. We can’t think of a better venue or topic to get kids moving and learning simultaneously than GCBO and birds. The backbone of the week will come from GCBO’s Coastal Wild Bird Trunk. Call or e-mail Carol at GCBO for more information.
Sea Center Nature Day
Jesse Jones Park Naturefest
Join GCBO volunteer Ryan Ubias at Jesse Jones Park and Nature Center on March 3, 2012 from 9:30 to 4:00 for Naturefest. Enjoy a fun, educational day as noted speakers discuss birds, butterflies, reptiles, native plants, and more. Take a guided nature walk or pontoon boat tour, see and touch live animals, and learn more about other nature-related topics by visiting educational booths. Jesse Jone Park and Nature Center is located at 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble, TX. For more information call 281-446-8588 or check their website.
New Year's Wish List
We are excited about kicking off a New Year of priority conservation projects but we could sure use some new tools. If you can donate new or used items it would help us tremendously.
Black oil sunflower seed and whole corn: our feeder birds are voracious this year!
School glue, crayons and colored pencils for our Bird Camp activities
Garden pruners for trimming up the habitat gardens
A 24-foot travel trailer for Hawk Watch housing
Your time: Adopt a habitat garden at GCBO for weekly maintenance
Your time: Repotting and starting cuttings in GCBO's Native Plant Nursery
Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO
Do you know what bird this is? It's a real puzzler! Turns out it's an Indigo Bunting/Lazuli Bunting hybrid that was caught at GCBO in October. Robert & Kay puzzled over it for a while but after some research they determined it's true identity. You just never know what's going to show up in our nets. Join us from 8:00 until noon on Saturday, January 21th for our next monthly bird banding session. Winter residents have arrived and we have six species of hummingbirds on site! Come see who's here this winter. 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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