Photos courtesy of Mike Gray and GCBO staff.
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Make a New Years Resolution for Birds
Start the new year right by commiting to help birds and GCBO each month of the year. 1) make a gift to GCBO's bird conservation programs, 2) participate in our Raptor Rodeo and spend a fun day finding raptors, 3) play golf with your buddies at our Birdies for the Birds tournament, 4) plant a native plant in your yard, 5) volunteer for Spring Fling, 6) adopt a hummer garden at GCBO, 7) volunteer for Summer Bird Camp, 8) volunteer for XHX, 9) help with our Native Plant Nursery, 10) volunteer to lead bird walks Saturdays at GCBO, 11) participate in the Freeport CBC, 12) give us a hand in the office. Call us to find out more! 979-480-0999.
Birdies for the Birds
On Monday March 24, 2014, GCBO will host our second Birdies for the Birds golf tournament at The Wilderness in Lake Jackson, TX. This tournament is a four person scramble with check-in at 11:30 and tee time at 12:30. We are currently looking for sponsors and players. For only $150 your business or organization can be a hole sponsor where your information will be prominently displayed at a hole of your choice. Sponsorship and registration information is available on our website. All proceeds will go directly to our bird conservation programs including Summer Bird Camp, Spring Fling and recovery of the endangered Whooping Crane. We need some help identifying new players so if you are a golfer, consider asking your friends to join you in a fun day of golf that supports our birds. We anticipiate this being a great fundraiser for GCBO, but we can't do it without your help!Contact Carol for more information.
First Annual Raptor Rodeo
Our first annual Raptor Rodeo will be held in January 2014 and everyone can participate! This citizen science project will help us get a handle on the number of wintering raptors and their general locations and will also help support the Smith Point Hawk Watch. The rules are pretty simple. Form a team of 2-4 people. Register with GCBO. Pick any day in January and go out and see how many raptors you can find. Easy! Your $50 donation for participation will help fund the Smith Point Hawk Watch. You can double your impact by getting matching funds from your employer or getting birdathon type pledges from family and friends. Help us help the birds and have a day of fun while you're at it! For more information check our website.
Avian Conservation Science Center Update
Progress continues on our new Avian Conservation Science Center. As you can see from the photo above, the pilings are all driven! The next step is to grade some fill over the area so the water drains away from under the building when it rains. Once that is complete the piles will be cut to the right height and the floor trusses, which lay in wait, will be installed. Framing will begin early January and completion is estimated to be late April. If you would like to be part of GCBO's growing success, check out our paver program for the new building on our website.
TOS Spring Meeting Coming to Lake Jackson
This year the spring TOS meeting will be in Lake Jackson on April 24-26, 2014. The last weekend in April is sure to bring lots of great birds since it is the peak of spring migration. We are planning many field trips to locations normally closed to the public so be sure to register early. The Cherotel will be the host facility and the room block is already set up. They can be reached at 1-800-544-2119. A full program will be available in early spring, but if you have additional questions now, please call GCBO at 979-480-0999 and ask for Carol. In the meantime, block these dates on your calendar!
Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO
NOTE: January bird banding will be held on the 4th Saturday of the month instead of the 3rd Saturday.
In January we welcome the late comers to winter like American Goldfinches. We've been seeing a lot of them around GCBO so we expect there will be some in the nets this month. Come join us from 8:00 til noon on Saturday, January 25th for our monthly bird banding session and see what turns up in the nets. Remember birds wake up at dawn so your best chance to see the most birds is early. 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
This month's photo of the month comes from Bill Ahlstrom. This Cooper's Hawk which they have nicknamed Gary (get it Gary Cooper!) has decided Bill's backyard has fine dining. The wily hawk returns periodically to hunt from a piece of trellis about 15 feet outside the backdoor. He especially loves House Sparrow but sometimes leaves them on the patio minus the head for Bill to clean up. Hawks will be hawks!