With each new year, the GCBO Board of Directors elects and adds new members to the operating board to replace those whose terms have reached their limit. We are pleased to announce that Allan Berger, Jan Cato, Tom Morris, and Tom Taroni will begin serving three year terms this month. They bring years of conservation experience to the organization and each has a passion for our mission. We know great things are in store for GCBO and look forward to an energized year for the birds!
It was with a heavy heart that Reba turned in her resignation in January. Over the last several months family responsibilities have overtaken her ability to keep up with work here at GCBO and she made the difficult decision to leave us. We are most grateful for her work over the last year and a half and she will be greatly missed by the staff!
Work has begun on the project to remove invasive plant species from our headquarters property. On the 19th & 20thhard working volunteers marked between 1,800 and 1,900 plants with flagging tape. Warren Pruess is heading up this project and conducted training on plant identification both days prior to heading out into the woods. In addition hundreds of small saplings were pulled up since the ground was wet. Pete’s photo from the 20th does not reflect the cold rain on the 19th. More work days will be scheduled to begin the cutting and treatment. Native understory plants will be planted following the removal work. This is a long term project so watch for announcements of upcoming work days.
Freeport LNG awarded GCBO a $25,000 grant in late December in support of our ongoing programs. A portion of these funds will be used for a new parking area to the west of the Neotropic Sanctuary on Lamar street. The remaining funds will be used for GCBO general operations. Obtaining general operating funds is one of the most difficult things we do but is critical to allow staff to pursue the work of our mission. Thank you Freeport LNG!
Our wish list is still shrinking! Thanks to George and Judy Vogel we received a load of crushed concrete! A few more loads would really help us out. Take a look and see if you can donate any of these items. We will be happy to provide you with a tax donation letter for your efforts!. Thanks so much.
Last month we caught this beautiful Blue Jay. They are always a hand full as you can imagine. In February there may already be a few birds moving through so you never know what we might catch. Bird banding will be on Saturday, February 18th from 8:00 until noon. Remember, the birds get up early so the earlier you are here the more you'll see. Seeing birds in the hand is a great way to get kids young and old excited about wildlife. See the map on our webpage for directions or use your GPS to take you to 299 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson, TX.