Meet Cecilia Riley ...Our Special Guest for Wings 2016

Cecilia RileyIn 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 planet's climate.

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"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

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