The Lost Bird Project

Thanks for helping us reach our goal!

The Lost Bird Project is led by sculptor Todd McGrain. His impressive sculptures of extinct North American birds are permanently installed near the last sighting of the bird.

Five sculptures have been placed: Great Auk in Newfoundland, Passenger Pigeon in Ohio, Labrador Duck in New York, Carolina Parakeet in Florida, and Heath Hen in Martha’s Vineyard.

The last Eskimo Curlew was seen on Galveston Island in the early 1960s. Please join us in thanking the individuals, families, businesses and foundations for helping us reach our goal. The Eskimo Curlew memorial sculpture will be created and installed on Galveston Island. Stay tuned for more news soon!


Forgetting is another kind of extinction.
Todd McGrain

For more information about The Lost Bird Project, click here to read Forgetting is Easy from the Galveston Daily News Coast magazine.

Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council thanks each and every donor listed below for their enthusiasm for this project and their commitment to conservation.

Special thanks to the following for contributing

to this exciting & important project!

Lead Donors Joe & Lynne Hudson • Steve Abbey • Charlotte & Richard Alexander • Ann Anderson • Elizabeth Anderson • Marisol Arteaga • Cindy & John Bartos • Andrew Becker • Suzanne & Rick Becker • Christy Benson • Sara & Mark Bettencourt • Susan & Paul Bettencourt • Diane & Steve Biegel • Vicki Blythe, in memory of Doletta Blythe • Chris Boodley • Gayle Bowlin • Angela & Craig Brown • Anne Brown • Brad Brown • Julie Ann Brown & Denice Franke • Sue & Fred Bushell • Caroline Callery • Katherine Carlson • Claire Caudill • Patricia Chen & Sanjay Mani • Catherine Cosby • Karen Caperton Cowgill • Chris Crabb • Peggy & Don d’Hemecourt • Brenda Dawson • Donna Dees & Tim Tobin • Sharon Duray & Don Wilkerson • Sarah Flournoy • Galveston Bookshop • Galveston Daily News • Elizabeth Garney • Bailey Glover • Mary Hannigan • Sarah Harano • Jeffrey Heitkamp, in memory of Emily J. Heitkamp • Janet & Ben Hock • Donna Holt • Bernice Hotman • Houston Audubon • Ellen & Harry Hufft • Cynthia & Daniel Hughes • Ben & Mary Gwen Hulsey • Patricia Jakobi • Elizabeth & Drew Kanaly, in honor of Sara Bettencourt • Tom & Ann Kelsey • Harris & Eliza Kempner Fund • Sarah Lacquiere •  Susan Lewis • Jaclyn Low • Robert & Susan Lynch • John P. McGovern Foundation • Joanne & Patrick McMahon • Mary Mack • Michael Mahaffa • Stennie Sterling Meadours • Matthew Menger • Olivia & Walter Meyer • Marlynn Miller •  Winkie & Jerry Mohn • Moody Gardens • Lisa Morello • Debbie & Chuck Morris • Alice Anne O’Donell • Diane & Pete Olsen • Sally Pachulski • Richard Peake, in honor of Rigdon Currie • Bernard Pieper, in honor of Adele Pieper • Barbara & Jeff Rabek • Sue & Keith Reed • Anne & Lee Riley • Trish & Jim Ringelstetter • Robin Roberts • Charli & Jim Rohack • Fredell & Lewis Rosen • Norma & Sandy Rubin  • Nancy & Clive Runnells Foundation • Allison & Dan Ryder • Allison & Dan Ryder, in memory of Clinton F. Morse • Sand ‘N Sea Properties • Chana & Peter Santschi • Barbara & Dominic Sasser • Ruth Sathre • Joyce Schultz • Stephanie & Robert Shipp • Michelle & Vic Sierpina • Dean Silvers • Molly Slack • Lynn & Stan Smith • Robert Smither • Pam Smolen • Sam Steph • Martha Suiter, in honor of Coleta & Ken Suiter • Marilyn Swanson • Dale & Heber Taylor • Barbara Thompson • Tom’s Galveston Real Estate • Peggy Tsue • Patti Valiante • Brenda & Mort Voller, in memory of Brendan Voller • Heather Westendarp • Bonnie White & Doug Little • Rene & Ben Wiley • Jim & Betsy Winn • Diane & Michael Wonio • Bekra Yorke