Galveston, Texas: A Bird-Watcher's Delight

Birdwatchers will go nearly anywhere in the world they can manage to see different varieties of birds. The thrill of viewing an uncommon bird is what moves them to do what they do. And one excellent location to bird-watch and see lots of types and breeds is Galveston, Texas.

Galveston Island is a central meeting spot for birds flying both north and south. For the northern migratory birds, it is a rest stop on their way to Mexico for the winter and on their way back in the spring. Three hundred different species of birds have been counted on the island at different times of the year.

Also, many waterfowl have made a permanent home on the island, and there's a variety of nesting types and varieties to be observed. Guided tours are organized throughout the year to see the birds in their mating, nesting, and migratory seasons. Half or full day tours on water or on land head out regularly to see the birds. Some places offer exclusive classes to enlighten visitors on the particular birds' backgrounds and histories. One particular facility offers classes on bird photography, discussing methodology, equipment requirements and photo editing to bring out the very best in your pictures.

Hurricane Ike, which hit the region a number of years ago, devastated Galveston Island and its bird population. Like most things in nature, though, the region has rapidly recovered, and virtually all of the species existing on the island before the storm have returned to nest again. Boat tours to the islands Anahuac and Bolivar provide an opportunity to see some of the rarer birds that have come back to the area.

In the springtime, Galveston holds a exclusive bird-watching festival referred to as the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from around the nation flock to the site for the duration of this time to get in on the three-day festival. Over 100 various tours are offered during Featherfest, as well as a lot of activities and special events. It's a location where birdwatchers can all get with each other to swap tales and photographs, and see new and various varieties of birds they may never have observed before.

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