Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza

XHX is a yearly event at GCBO that takes place during the peak of Ruby-throated Hummingbird migration in the fall. It features symbolic hummingbird adoptions and  live hummingbird banding where you get the opportunity to see these amazing birds up close and in the hand! There will be educational booths, activities for kids, plant sale, and our nature store. Tickets are $5 for adults and children 12 and under get in for free!

Tickets can only be purchased upon entry to the event.


Ruby-throated hummingbirds weigh, on average, about as much as a penny. Despite their small size, some complete an annual journey of 1,300 miles, from breeding grounds as far north as Canada to wintering grounds in Central America. In the fall, most begin migrating south between late August and mid September. When they reach the Gulf, some fly straight across, marathoning an 18-24 hour journey across the ocean! They do not learn their migration routes from their parents but are very faithful to the route they choose. The same individual hummingbirds have been caught on the same day at the same spot in their migration for multiple years!

One of the big attractions at XHX is our live hummingbird banding. Hummers are caught in special traps and handled by professional banders. They are then weighed, measured, and banded.

The bands that go around a hummer’s leg are tiny!
Banding data allows us to collect information on individual hummingbirds that help us study their health and migration patterns. Symbolically ‘adopt’ a hummingbird at XHX to support our conservation efforts. You will also receive updates if your bird is caught in the future!