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GCBO March e-news
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

March, 2015




In this Issue:


Third Annual Birdies for the Birds Golf Tournament


Spring Fling is Just a Month Away


Area Spring Events


Kroger Community Rewards


Lake Jackson Garden Club Supports GCBO


Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO


Member Photo of the Month


Use Amazon Smile to make your shopping dollars benefit GCBO


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

March 2015

Third Annual Birdies for the Birds Golf Tournament

Plans and preparations are well underway for our March 23 Birdies for the Birds Golf Tournament. We want to recognize and thank these groups for their early support: 

Freeport LNG - Title Sponsor 

SI Group - Eagle Sponsor 

Phillips 66 - Eagle Sponsor 

King Trust - Eagle Sponsor

Gulf Coast Ford - Hole-in-one car 

There is still plenty of time to be a part of the tournament. We are seeking sponsors at all levels, as well as teams and players. If you want to participate, please contact us at GCBO and we can provide you with all the details. Click here to go to the flier and registration form. You also don't have to play if you just want to sponsor a team.

Spring Fling is Just a Month Away

GCBO's Quintana Spring Fling is just a month away. As in years past, Spring Fling will be held daily the entire month of April at Quintana Neotropic Bird Sanctuary. We will have knowledgeable volunteers and staff on hand to answer your bird questions, keep a daily list, and sell water, snacks, and field guides. Stop by and visit! We need your help to make this event a success, so contact us if you would like to offer your unique skills to help out. On Friday, March 20 at 3:00pm we will hold a training session at the Bird House in Quintana for everyone willing to be a volunteer host during the month. Please call GCBO to sign up. Additionally, GCBO hosts an online auction during the month. We are requesting donations for the auction at this time. Don't forget to go online April 1 and start bidding!

Area Spring Events

Sping is almost here and there's lots to do. Galveston FeatherFest & Nature PhotoFest will be held April 9-12 this year. This is a fantastic festival with over 100 field trips, workshops, and social events. You can find out morehere. Migration Celebration will be held at the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge April 18-19 with a kickoff dinner on April 10th. This family nature festival includes bird banding, a birds of prey program, nature walks, a photography contest and much more. Check it out here.


Kroger Community Rewards

Did you know you can support GCBO just by shopping at Kroger? All you have to do is register your Kroger Plus card with their Community Rewards Program and designate GCBO as your recipient. Just click on the community rewards button above to get started. GCBO's NPO number is 80345 in case you can't find us using our name.

Lake Jackson Garden Club Supports GCBO

This winter the Lake Jackson Garden Club sponsored the "Birds and Blooms for the Holidays" luncheon and silent auction to benefit our new Cecilia Riley Avian Conservation Science Center. A great time was had by all while raising $1,500 for the center. Shown above are club members Kathy Lee Davis, Sandra Johnson, and Sue Wheeler presenting the donation to GCBO Executive Director, Cecilia Riley. We are very grateful for this support that brings us closer to completing the Center's financing. We still need an additional $60,000 for final payments. If you would like to contribute, please contact Cecilia.


Monthly Bird Banding at GCBO

Don't miss our March bird banding session! In February we caught a female Northern Cardinal that was originally banded in July 2006 as a young bird. That means she is 9 years old and she's still feisty as ever! Come see what we turn up this month. The Gulf Coast Young Ornithologists will meet at 9:00am too so bring your kids. Bird banding this month will be on Saturday, March 21 from 8:00 until noon. Remember, the birds get up early so the earlier you are here the more you will see. 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 photo of a Henslow's Sparrow was taken by GCBO Associate Director Chris Eberly on the Eagle Lake tract of the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge. Chris and Sue participated in a monthly sparrow banding project lead by refuge biologist Jennifer Wilson where they banded two of these beauties! 

Bird Tip of the Month: Reduce bird window strikes by placing feeders a safe distance away. If birds regularly strike a particular window, place a screen, crop netting, or a series of branches over or in front of the outside glass pane to break up the reflection.

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