Gulf Coast Bird Observatory | 299 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566
Spring Fling
Spring Fling is still happening down at our Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, so stop by to see some migratory birds! The event ends on May 8, so hurry down! A Cape May, redpoll, Chestnut-sided, and many more awesome birds were spotted there in the past few days.

THANKS SO MUCH to the volunteers who helped us man the host station and keep the sanctuary looking beautiful this year. We truly appreciate everyone's hard work!
Bird Banding
Join us once again for Bird Banding on May 21st from 8 am - noon at our headquarters in Lake Jackson. Come see birds in the hand and learn about the science of bird banding. The earlier you arrive the more birds you'll see. This event is free of charge!

And while you're here, why not check out our native plant nursery and wander our trails too? We even have picnic tables set up for an outdoor lunch -- It's the perfect nature outing for the family!
New Educational YouTube Videos
We've added new videos and presentations to our YouTube page! These were created for our Virtual Bird bash, but will live on on YouTube page. Taylor Keys presented on the Lights Out movement, which aims to protect migrating birds from light pollution, Sue Heath presented her work with Eastern Willets, Martin Hagne spoke about window strikes, and Cin-Ty Lee presented on Kingbird identification.

These presentations are all wonderful and worth watching, so check them out!
Texas Ornithological Society Meeting
In April, we at GCBO helped host the Texas Ornithological Society's annual meeting. We helped run 34 trips for approximately 100 participants and found 230 species of birds!
We also had some great presenters including our keynote speaker Tiffany Kersten, and presentations from Cin-Ty Lee, Ron Weeks and our own Sue Heath and Celeste Silling. Then, at the end of the meeting, we had an auction of some beautiful Dennis Shepler paintings.
Thanks to TOS, Bob Friedrichs, Ron Weeks, Jackie Hicks, our volunteers, and everyone who helped!
SPLASh Cleanups
Thanks to the students and teachers of Spring Branch ISD, who joined our SPLASh project to pick up 1,008 pounds of trash from Monument Inn!

This is our second largest haul to date. If you want to join us at a SPLASh cleanup, or even set up your own private cleanup for a school, group, or business, let us know!

Visit for more info!
Thanks to our RV Volunteers!
This month, we have Tom and Karyn Schmitz returned to GCBO to help us out as our RV volunteers.

They were a lot of help at outreach events, feeding the birds, and taking care of the property.

Thanks so much, Tom and Karyn!
GCBO Birding Trips
Come birding with GCBO and our Executive Director, Martin Hagne! Have a great time birding, exploring, enjoying some extraordinary scenery, dining on local cuisine, and of course seeing great birds! We always hook up with at least one local guide for the best experience. Here are our wonderful upcoming trips, but hurry, our trips are selling out fast!! 
Our 2022 trips are all sold out! But we have just released our 2023 lineup! A few trips still need more information posted, so stay tune on those, or email Martin [email protected] to be put on list for more info! You can also go to our website to check for trip information and to register.
June 18-25, 2022 – SOLD OUT!

November 25 – December 4, 2022- SOLD OUT!

January 31- February 6, 2023

Argentina Birding Exploration
March 2023 - INFO TBA

June 24 - July 1, 2023 (fees TBA)

October 12-24, 2023 – SOLD OUT
Make an in-kind donation to support our sanctuary needs.
Fresh Oranges
Spring Fling is coming up and the birds will need lots of oranges at our Quintana preserve! Please bring them to our headquarters anytime (we can store in our freezer) or to Quintana once Spring Flings starts.  Thanks!

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. 

Small Dresser
Our field house houses our interns and they need more storage. If you have a small dresser that you would like to donate, please let us know.
Corporate Matching Programs
Did you know that many corporations have a donation matching program? Corporations can match their employees' volunteer hours and/or donations to nonprofit organizations like GCBO! These types of programs are great because they double your contributions to the causes that you care about! If you work (or are retired from) a corporation, ask them about their matching program today!
Recycle Your Old Technology and Help Birds
The Wireless Alliance is a company that recovers and recycles cell phones, smart phones, tablets, and other consumer recyclables.

We will be collecting these items for Wireless Alliance to keep them out of landfills as well as raise money for our conservation efforts. If you have old technology such as a phone, charger, tablet, or other accessories, consider bringing it to GCBO!
How Can You Help?
You can help support GCBO's mission in several important ways!
Save a Tree and some $!
We are trying to go as paperless as we can to save some trees and quite a bit on printing and mailing costs. We would love if you would let us email you instead of snail mailing a hard copy of any correspondence, including your future copies of the Gulf Crossings. Please email or call Tricia to say: “Hey, GCBO, please start emailing me things! Here is my email…”   Thanks!   

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Support GCBO When You Shop on Amazon!
Do you shop on Amazon? Did you know you can do that same shopping on Amazon Smile and support GCBO with every purchase?

Just go to the Amazon Smile website and select GCBO as your charity of choice and then shop, shop, shop!

GCBO will receive a donation for every purchase you make. Thanks so much!
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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