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Bird Surveys

Houston Botanic Garden Bird Survey

Next Monthly Survey: October 3 starting at 7:30 AM.

Leader: Mary Anne Weber

Please join us for a monthly bird survey at the Houston Botanic Garden (Glenbrook Golf Course). We meet the first Thursday of each month at the main parking lot at 8205 N Bayou Dr, Houston, TX 77017. If the lot is closed, park at the park next door. There is a swimming pool near the parking lot. We welcome everyone. You do not need to be an experienced birder. If you need to borrow binoculars just let us know. Email Mary Anne Weber at if you have questions and would like to join us.

Latest Report: September 5, 2019

We had a wonderful bird survey this morning despite the heat. Osprey and Kingfishers are back and the renovations to the children's area of the garden are moving along. The new lagoon is looking really nice. We were also thrilled to see over a dozen bluebirds working the fence line and actively investigating one of the 3 bluebird boxes we installed this past summer. We look forward to monitoring the nest boxes next spring and adding more as this property is a big draw for bluebirds. Thanks again to all who came out to help this morning.
-- Mary Anne Weber

About the Survey

This monthly survey will help assess the current bird population and the changes to the population as the grounds are converted into the botanic garden. Houston Audubon’s Sims Bayou Urban Nature Center sits across from the grounds along the historic meander of the bayou and already has a species list over 100. We anticipate the grounds of the future botanic garden to become a hotspot for birds with a species list well over 200.  Habitat across the Houston area is shrinking and Houston Audubon is excited to work with Houston Botanic Garden as they make decisions about this very important property.

The property has been part of the Central Christmas Bird Count since 2015. This is a large piece of property. We will work towards having teams of birders and volunteers helping to bird the entire property. A typical bird survey is 2 hours long but folks can come and go as they need to.