Meet Cecilia Riley ...Our Special Guest for
July, 2015 Cecilia Riley retired from the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
where she served as the organization's Executive Director for almost
19 years and founded the organization's Tropical Forest Forever Fund.
With this fund, Cecilia and her conservation partners in Central
and South America were able to permanently protect 17,000 acres
of tropical forests in 10 countries. Immediately prior to her retirement,
Cecilia completed construction of the GCBO’s permanent Lake Jackson
home: The Cecilia Riley Avian Conservation Science Center –a 10-year
plan finally accomplished.
A native Texan, biologist and avid bird watcher, Cecilia has
spent her lifetime –both on the job and in her personal life, conducting
avian research and habitat conservation across the Americas. Cecilia's
educational background includes a B.S. in Ecology from the University
of Texas at Arlington and an M.S. in Zoology from the University of
Arkansas. Prior to her directorship at the GCBO, Cecilia spent 2
years at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Austin, where she
served as the state coordinator for Texas Partners in Flight, and
prior to that worked 8 years at the University of Texas Marine Science
Institute as a Research Associate where her work focused on the
conservation of coral reef fishes.
Cecilia’s conservation practices have earned her numerous prestigious
awards including: the Partners in Flight Leadership Award for Outstanding
Contributions to Bird Conservation in 2005; the Steve Thompson Award
for Special Achievement on behalf of Wildlife in 2007; and the Partners
in Flight Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions
to Bird Conservation in 2014.
Since her retirement, Cecilia, along with her photographer husband
Mike Gray, has continued to pursue tropical forest protection and
bird conservation with a renewed focus on South America where rapid
loss of the world’s most extensive forests has had a devastating effect on our
Online registration is now closed. You may register for events at the festival where openings are available.
"A celebration of natural
flight saluting the unique winged wildlife of the Texas
Hill Country offering opportunities for education and
entertainment for the whole family."
The 6th Annual
Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival
April 29-May 1, 2016
Join us at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park
in Fredericksburg, TX for a
NATURALLY WONDERFUL WEEKEND!