Galveston Destinations for Bird-Watchers

Birdwatchers will go almost any place in the world they can manage to see different varieties of birds. The excitement of viewing an uncommon bird is what drives them to do what they do. And one fantastic place to bird-watch and see lots of varieties and breeds is Galveston, Texas.

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

In addition, numerous 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 go out frequently to see the birds. Some locations offer unique classes to enlighten visitors on the particular birds' backgrounds and histories. One special facility presents classes on bird photography, discussing methodology, equipment needs and photo editing to bring out the very best in your pictures.

Hurricane Ike, which hit the region several years ago, devastated Galveston Island and its bird population. Like most things in nature, though, the region has rapidly recovered, and nearly all of the species present on the island prior to the storm have came back to nest again. Boat tours to the islands Anahuac and Bolivar offer a chance to see some of the rarer birds that have returned to the area.

During the springtime, Galveston holds a unique bird-watching festival known as the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from everywhere in the country flock to the area throughout this time to get in on the three-day festival. Over 100 various tours are held during Featherfest, as well as a lot of activities and special events. It's a place where birdwatchers can all get with each other to swap stories and photographs, and see new and various varieties of birds they may never have seen before.

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