Gulf Coast Bird Observatory | 299 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566
 Brew on the Bayou Coming Up!
Brew Needs You!

Our 2 nd annual Brew on the Bayou is scheduled for Saturday, March 23 and we are looking for donations for our Silent Auction.  Are you a crafter, painter, photographer, woodworker or have another talent that you would like to share? Or do you have a high-quality item you would like to donate?  You could even donate gift cards for our local restaurants!  This event is our primary fundraiser so your help is greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

Please contact Tricia Patton at 979-480-0999 or if you can help!  
We are looking for volunteers to help run Brew including serving the brews, assisting with parking, grounds set up, ticket selling, nature store cashiers, etc. Volunteers should be available from 3:30-9 Saturday, March 23rd. Please contact or if you would like to volunteer! Meal vouchers and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided for volunteers.
Donations for Oystercatchers
Believe it or not the oystercatchers will be nesting soon! We will begin surveying for nests in February and by the end of the month we’ll probably have at least 10 pairs sitting on eggs. Although we applied for funding from a number of sources, none of them came through so we need a little extra cash to help support this project. If you aren’t too strapped from Christmas we could sure use a boost. You can mail donations to 299 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson, TX 77566 or call and give Tricia a credit card number (979-480-0999). Don’t forget you can also adopt a pair of birds for $100. Thanks everyone for your continued support of this important project!

Few Spots Left for Ohio/Michigan Birding Tour!
Education and Outreach Manager Position Opening
Aloha Emma! 
We are sad to learn that Emma Shelly, our Education and Outreach Manager, is leaving GCBO for a new opportunity back in her native Hawaii at the end of January. We are, however, excited for her that she will be able to return close to home and teach about the Hawaiian environment! Emma took GCBO’s education programs and ran with them. She has made some big and wonderful additions that have been very well received by teachers and visitors, such as Project Soar which she created from scratch, added many fun features to our Kid’s Summer Bird Camp, and so much more! We wish her the very best back in Hawaii, and hope to hear updates.

Job Post
This leaves a vacancy for GCBO’s Education & Outreach Manager. It is posted on our website at the link below. Please share with anyone you know that may have an interest:

New GCBO Intern: Kaitlyn Braddock

Kaitlyn Braddock joins the GCBO team as the new intern from January-May. A recent graduate from Texas Tech University with a BS in biology, Kaitlyn describes herself as having a, "intense interest in science, art, and people." We look forward to working with her both in the field and in our outreach events!
Piping Plover Chosen for Matagorda Bay Birdfest Art Contest!
The piping plover was chosen as the focal species for the 3rd Annual Matagorda Bay Birdfest's Art and Education Contest. This contest encourages K-12 students to learn about the piping plover through art, familiarizing themselves with the plight of the bird so they can create drawings that showcase it in its natural habitat or highlight some of the challenges it faces. Last year's species was the American Oystercatcher, and we worked closely with schools in Matagorda to help the students learn about the bird. We look forward to seeing what piping plover art is produced this year and encourage teachers and parents to check out the contest guidelines HERE
The 3rd annual Birdfest takes place Feb 15, 16, 17th.
Get Involved: Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue
Bird Banding Tomorrow 1/19/2019
Tomorrow's the 3rd Saturday of the month. 
You know what that means! 
Join us tomorrow from 8 am - noon for our monthly bird banding session. Come see birds in the hand and learn about the science of bird banding. The earlier you arrive the more birds you'll see.
And while you're here, why not check out our native plant nursery or wander our trails too? Perfect nature outing for the family!
New Donation and Membership Platform Up and Running
We've revamped and completely updated our Membership and Donation pages on the GCBO website!
These new platforms should be much more streamlined and easier to use!
Please help support GCBO’s mission and join us in carrying out our bird research and education!
Check out how you can help, and what members receive:
Wish List
Your in-kind contributions help us tremendously by freeing up much needed funds for our research and projects. Thank you!!

Black Oil Sunflower Seed and Chicken Scratch
We feed year-round here at GCBO, and during migration at Quintana. We stock our GCBO feeders to help augment natural foods, and this also helps our monthly banding research project. 
1 Gallon Plastic Pots
We can use your used 1 gallon nursery plant pots for the Growery. We go through a lot of 1 gallon pots when potting up new plants. Let’s recycle them here. We’ll take one or a hundred! 
Now when you shop at Kroger, you can support GCBO!
GCBO is a registered charity through Kroger's Community Rewards Program. This means that you can register your Kroger Plus Card online and select GCBO as the organization of your choice. Every time you use your Kroger Plus Card, Kroger will donate a portion back to GCBO! This is an easy way to support GCBO while you shop - your donations help us continue to protect birds and birding habitat around the Gulf Coast and beyond. To register your Plus Card, click here . Our charity number is #DN782.

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Telephone:  979-480-0999  |  Email Us
All photographs are courtesy of GCBO staff unless otherwise noted.