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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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GCBO's November E-News
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

November, 2017

How would you like to take a boat tour to see Whooping Cranes on their wintering grounds in Texas with our Education Manager, Emma? Or spend a day with our field biologists monitoring American Oystercatchers? How about the chance to see a lifer as you tour the Rio Grande Valley with our very own Director, Martin Hagne, as your guide? Or a stay and a guided tour at a Central American lodge?
 
Beginning November 18th at noon and ending on December 7th at 8 pm, our Experiences Auction will go live on our website. There you can bid on incredible (sometimes once in a lifetime opportunities) like these for yourself or a friend/family member. 
 
This year we have a bunch of brand new experiences up for grabs (including a falconry session, a herping adventure, and more!). We are adding items weekly so make sure you check back often to see what's new. Not only do these experiences make great gifts for yourself or others, but all the proceeds go to bird conservation! 
 
Check out the auction HERE to see what experiences we are offering!
 
Last month we asked you for your help picking a name for our hummer costume from our three finalists: Sir Archie, Zippy, and Flit. 
 
The Facebook results are in and Sir Archie was the winner by a close 4 votes from the second place Zippy. 
 
For those of you who might not know, "Archie" is a nod to the genus Archilochus which consists of Ruby-throated and Black-chinned hummingbirds. 
 
Staff felt the name was one that could be explained if people asked (and would be a nice lead in to some science) but that it didn't have to be. 
 
Thank you to everyone who suggested a name or voted and a big thank you to Ron Weeks for the winning name! He will receive a hummingbird feeder from GCBO!
 
Last month GCBO and the American Bird Conservancy teamed up and hosted a booth at the Houston Zoo Educator Day. This day focused on workshops for teachers and teachers-in-training and featured several tables for environmental organizations to connect to Houston classrooms. We had a fantastic showing, networking with dozens and dozens of educators. Some of the new outreach materials we were excited to debut included: Skype sessions with our biologists, bird-themed curricula for teachers, and activities for kids including a hummingbird fingerpuppet!
We will continue to add more and more resources for teachers and students on our Resources for Teachers page on our website. If you are curious about using birds to teach kids about science, check back often to see what we add!
 
Hi all you wonderful 2017 GCBO Volunteers! Whether you helped with bird banding, Spring Fling, field work, Harvey cleanup, site maintenance, etc. you are all invited to our Volunteer Appreciation Evening!
Join us Tuesday, November 14th from 5-7 pm for light food and drinks. (BYOB if you wish.) 
RSVP IS NEEDED. If you already have RSVPed, thank you! If you haven't but plan to attend, please email eshelly@gcbo.org by November 7th!
We look forward to seeing everyone there!
 
GCBO staff are off to the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival in Harlingen, Texas, next week November 8-12. While we are there, we will be networking with other ornithological organizations, promoting GCBO's fundraising events (like our November experiences auction), and educating people about our research and conservation work. 
 
We are very excited to get the chance to meet new contacts, talk up GCBO, and hopefully see some very neat birds!
 
We had a bunch of awesome birds at our October banding session including this beautiful Blue Jay and Wilson's Warbler. We also managed to catch a House Wren, Carolina Wren, and a Ruby-throated hummer! 
 
(Thanks to Brooks Short for these great photos.)
 
Join us on Saturday November 18th for our November session from 8-12 at GCBO and your chance to see birds like these up close!
 
 


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