Quintana King LbNA # 8466
|Placed Date||May 31 2004|
*** Part of my TX Birding Trail Series ***
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 50 yards RT)
Recommended Ink: orange, yellow & black
Status: reported missing (5/1/10)
The Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary is a small grove of salt cedars providing a critical migrant stopover on the Upper Gulf Coast. It is part of the San Bernard Loop described on the Upper Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail map. Many uncommon birds have been seen here, including Yellow-green Vireos and a King Eider. Even if you don't see any of these birds, you should see the Quintana King microbox lurking in the bushes. For best results, bring yellow, orange & black ink for the stamp.
From Houston, take TX 288 south about 50 miles, through Lake Jackson, to FM 1495. Turn right and go 1.7 miles to CR 723, then turn left and go 2.1 miles to the Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary. Park on the left.
Cross the road and enter the Sanctuary via a small path. After a few steps you will come to the loop trail, so go right and walk it counter-clockwise. After about 20 steps you will come to a donation box and a wood sign containing the bird log book. Check to see what birds have been seen recently, then continue on the trail for another 25 steps to a chain swing on the right. Go another 20 steps to another bench on the right. Another 30 steps will bring you to a rock pond with a chain swing on the left. Stop and enjoy, then continue on the trail to the right for 35 steps to another bench on the right. Look behind the bench for a multi-frond palm about 10 steps away. The microbox is hidden in the heart of the palm under sticks. Please replace as found so it is not visible from the trail and continue the loop back to your starting point just 40 yards away.