Galveston Destinations for Bird-Watchers

Birdwatchers will go almost any place in the world they can manage to see different species of birds. The thrill of viewing a rare bird is what moves them to do what they do. And one fantastic location to bird-watch and see lots of varieties and breeds is Galveston, Texas.

Galveston Island is a central assembly spot 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 various times of the year.

Also, several waterfowl have made a permanent home on the island, and there's an assortment of nesting types and types 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 areas offer unique classes to enlighten visitors on the specific birds' backgrounds and histories. One particular facility offers 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 numerous 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 returned to nest again. Boat tours to the islands Anahuac and Bolivar offer a chance to see some of the rarer birds that have come back to the area.

During the springtime, Galveston holds a unique bird-watching festival known as the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from all over the region flock to the area for the duration of 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 location where birdwatchers can all get with each other to swap tales and photos, and see new and various varieties of birds they may never have observed before.

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