EIN 76-0553113

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory (GCBO)

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To protect birds and their habitats around the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. Our vision is a healthy ecosystem with abundant space for birds to survive and thrive around the Gulf of Mexico.

Program areas at GCBO

Land protection: in this program we protect landscapes for birds via acquisition contributions across the americas for conservation and to restore habitat to a condition that renders it suitable for migratory birds. To date we have granted funds to 28 conservation acquisitions in 12 countries including the us. We also help protect habitat on behalf of our site partner network which has expanded to a gulf-wide network of 71 site partners with sanctuaries forming a string of pearls comprising 11-million acres of precious wetland, forests, and coastal prairies in each of the five us and five mexican states that border the Gulf of mexico.
Scientific research: with a goal to accumulate, assess, and distribute high quality Bird population and conservation information that will educate as well as provide a scientific basis for the protection of birds and their habitats. Current research programs include american oystercatcher stewardship program, beach nesting birds project, non-breeding shorebird project, eastern willet migration study, coastal motus network study, smith point hawk watch, wintering loggerhead shrike project, and Bird banding at gcbo.
Outreach and education: gcbo serves an estimated 200,000+ individuals annually through various public, free or low-cost events, our web and facebook presence, a twice yearly print newsletter, monthly e-updates and our staff-written nature column, which runs weekly in five community newspapers. Educational projects include project soar, a partnership with brazosport unified school district to teach stem concepts; our kid's summer Bird camp, a week-long day program, introduces 8-11 year old to nature; and the birds in art lecture series through the local college's extension program. Outdoor activities include monthly Bird banding projects and spring fling, a month-long celebration of the return of migratory songbirds. The 2-day xtreme hummingbird xtravaganza at our lake jackson headquarters focuses on hummingbirds during their southward migration (august-september) to their winter homes in great numbers. And the annual autumn smith point hawk watch is in its 21st year. Our participation at various community events, such as migration celebration, sea center day, dow ecology day, and freeport river fest provide ongoing opportunities for outreach to residents who might not be aware of us and our work otherwise, thus forging new relationships with the community. In 2017, our education and outreach programming reached 450,000 individuals from 26 states and 12 countries.

Form 990s for GCBO

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-122021-04-05990View PDF
2018-122020-01-23990View PDF
2017-122019-03-15990View PDF
2016-122018-04-10990View PDF
2015-122017-04-10990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s

Who funds Gulf Coast Bird Observatory (GCBO)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
The Malcolm C Damuth FoundationTo Support the Organization's Purpose$37,750
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...and 2 more grants received

Grants made by GCBO

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Nature ConservancyLand Acquisition$20,000

Financials for GCBO

RevenuesFYE 12/2019
Total grants, contributions, etc.$463,968
Program services$49,231
Investment income and dividends$28,279
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$28,921
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$43,631
Miscellaneous revenues$10,026
Total revenues$624,056

Personnel at GCBO

Martin HagneExecutive Director$0
Andrew DietrichVice President$0
Tom MorrisTreasurer$0
 Subscribe to viewPresident$0
 Subscribe to viewSecretary$0
...and 7 more key personnel

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General information
299 West Hwy 332
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
Metro area
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
Website URL
(979) 480-0999
Facebook page
IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
D20: Animal Protection and Welfare
NAICS code, primary
813312: Environment, Conservation, and Wildlife Organizations
Parent/child status