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Make Extinction the Exception.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Only hummingbird breeds in abundance east of the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic, south to the Gulf coast.
Scissor Tailed Flycatcher. Found in semi-open country. Breeds in Texas through Kansas and parts of Arkansas, Missouri, and Louisiana.
Photos Courtesy: Dr. David McDonald, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Lake Jackson, TX.
Summer Tanager. Breeds in lower half (approx.) of the United States. Common in pine oak woods in the East, in Cottonwood groves in the West. Range shrinking in the E ast.
Worm eating Warbler. Migrates Gulf Coast through Florida. Breeds north to Missouri, east to the Atlantic; North roughly to New York
Purple Gallinule. Favors overgrown swamps, lagoons, marshes. Breeds southeast Texas, Gulf coast through Florida, parts of the southern Atlantic coast.
Red Shouldered Hawk. Year round, sometimes summer, in forests near water along southern California coast and eastern half of US
American Redstart. Breeds throughout the eastern half of the United States (except Florida) up the Mississippi River states through upper Great Plains states, and throughout Canada.
Bay-Breasted Warbler. Breeding area northern most United States east of the Mississippi river in to Canada
Blue-Winged Warbler. Center to middle eastern half of the United States. Typically not in states below Tennessee.
Painted Bunting. ___ __ __ Breeds in Texas & Louisiana, up through Oklahoma, Arkansas to parts of Missouri and Kansas.
Wilson Plover. Declining with loss of barrier islands, sandy beaches, and mud flats. Breeds along coast from Texas to New Jersey.
MAY UPDATE: Here are some of over 300 species of migratory birds of North America. They normally return to us to breed in spring and summer for the abundance of insects, fruit, berries, nectar, and small mammals found in their natural habitats
Site Partner Network. A 55 site network of the U.S. and Mexican states that border the gulf of Mexico, all of whom share the common goal of preserving and restoring essential migratory bird habitat for the 300+ species of birds that we share (under the Aegis of the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory)
What else can you do to protect our spring and summer birds?

(1) Get serious about your gardening. Build oases for yourself and the birds, and wild life. Think organic. These are the new "Victory Gardens". Click here for: Time to start your bird garden, --basic elements .

"A Gardener's Prayer"
                    by Karel Capek

O Lord, grant that in some way it may rain every day,
Say from about midnight until three o'clock in the morning, but,
You see, it must be gentle & warm so that it can soak in;
Grant that at the same time, it would not rain on campion, alyssum
{Name your favorite.}, heliathus, lavender & others which€
You in Your infinite wisdom know are drought loving plants -- I will write
Their names on a bit of paper if you like --
And grant that the sun may shine the whole day long,
But not everywhere (not, for instance, on the spireae, or
On gention, plantain lily & rhododendron) and not too much;
That there may be plenty of dew & little wind, enough worms,
No plant lice & snails, no mildew, and that once a week thin liquid
Manure and guano may fall from heaven. Amen.

Mary Ann King of Pine Ridge Gardens (An excellent, regional native plant nursery in London, Arkansas -- offers the following for those of us about to dig with high hopes:










(2) Plant some trees! Click here for: Simple rules for planting trees. Click here for : Growing fruit trees in small spaces (Espalier). Click here for: Conservation fruit trees worth trying. Click here for: Acorns to Oaks. Better yet, plant a grove in the honor of a loved one, or plant a seedling or sapling and name it for your child. Watch it grow together.

(3) What can you grow? Click here for suggestions: Flowers, Vines, Trees and Shrubs.

(4) Birds need water too. Click here for suggestions: Water for birds, a good drink and a bath.


Avian International Monitoring Network. Under sponsorship of Gulf Coast Bird Observatory GCBO, project to collect data on migrating birds from important sites around the gulf of mexico. (Also excellent migration facts, radar ornithology, and Images, and "Rest and Refuel", and more)

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory (GCBO) Conservation, Stewardship, Partnerships - in and around the Gulf of Mexico.

DONATIONS for any of these may be directed to: Bill Eley, Conservation Science Director at