Top Bird-Watching Spots in Galveston

Birdwatchers will travel nearly any place in the world they can afford to see different varieties of birds. The excitement of viewing a scarce bird is what drives them to do what they do. And one excellent spot 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 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 various times of the year.

Also, numerous waterfowl have made a permanent home on the island, and there's a variety of nesting styles and varieties to be observed. Guided tours are arranged all through 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 on a regular basis to see the birds. Some locations offer unique classes to teach visitors on the unique 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 many 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 existing on the island before the storm have returned to nest again. Boat tours to the islands Anahuac and Bolivar provide 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 called the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from everywhere in 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 held during Featherfest, as well as a lot of activities and special events. It's a spot 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 observed before.

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