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GCBO September e-news
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

August, 2014






In this Issue:


It's Time for XHX!

XHX is upon us! Please join us on Saturday, September 13th or 20th for our annual Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza. We've been seeing lots of hummingbirds here at GCBO making their way south for the winter. They will continue through the end of October so if you are a hummingbird enthusiast, its time to get into action. We have moved into our new building and we would love to show it off to you so please come join us for some hummingbird fun! You can get more information here. The success of this event depends greatly on volunteer participation so if you want to volunteer to help, contact Carol.


We've moved!


On Friday, August 22, we officially moved into our new Avian Conservation Science Center. We are thrilled to have such a wonderful new space and are very thankful to all those who donated to our cause and the many volunteers who helped with this huge undertaking. Please come out and visit and we'll show you around. We plan to have an official grand opening in October when the dust has settled a little more on our move. Although we've moved in, we haven't quite met our fundraising goal so there is still time to contribute. In addition, we are selling pavers that will be used in our front walk. You can find out more information about donating or buying a paver here.


Eagle Scouts Support ACSC


Just as the Avian Conservation Science Center was being completed, two Eagle Scout candidates from troop 442 completed their projects and delivered the finished products to GCBO. Brothers Walter and Mathew Piecznski contacted GCBO several months back about possible construction projects we might have for them to pursue for their Eagle Scout projects. They made a site visit and we discussed possibilities including bistro tables for the decks of the ACSC. They liked the idea and went home and got to work on the plans. They completed four tables, two for each scout's project. Today staff and visitor's are making good use of the products of their efforts.


World Shorebirds Day


Healthy populations of shorebirds mean healthy wetlands, something that thousands of human lives depend on. Action on a global scale needs to be organized to encourage people to be connected with shorebirds, their spectacular life and their habitats. With this in mind "World Shorebirds Day" was created with the aim of raising public awareness about shorebirds, to connect people with shorebirds, and to get shorebird enthusiasts to introduce shorebirds to more birdwatchers. If you would like to participate in this great event, you can register your favorite shorebird site and submit your counts on the weekend of September 6-7. There are lots of great prizes. Check it out here!


Welcome Chris Eberly


GCBO is pleased to announce the hiring of Chris Eberly as Associate Director, effective September 1. Chris spent the past 17 years managing the Department of Defense Partners in Flight program, facilitating partnerships and bird conservation on military lands. Retiring from that position based in Virginia, Chris and his wife Tina are excited to be in Texas. Chris is no stranger to GCBO. He served on GCBO's Board of Directors from 1999-2003 and has been on the Advisory Board since then. He has also edited GCBO's newsletter,Gulf Crossings, for the past decade. In his capacity as Associate Director, Chris will focus on communications and international partnerships, including the Site Partner Network and Tropical Forest Forever Fund as well as working with our science team in managing our full suite of conservation activities. Chris earned his M.S. in Natural Resources/Ornithology at The University of Georgia. Please join us in welcoming Chris back to the south and the internal workings of GCBO!


Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO


It's September and that means hummingbirds. This month our banding coincides with our Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza event and we will focus on banding hummingbirds. Information about this event is listed above.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.


Member Photo of the Month


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 Donatepage for more opportunities to support our conservation efforts. 





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