Galveston, Texas: A Bird-Watcher's Delight

Birdwatchers will travel almost any place in the world they can afford to see different varieties 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 while traveling to Mexico for the winter and while traveling back in the spring. Three hundred various varieties of birds have been counted on the island at different times of the year.

In addition, a lot of 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 offered 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 go out often to see the birds. Some spots offer unique classes to enlighten visitors on the unique birds' backgrounds and histories. One special facility provides classes on bird photography, discussing methodology, equipment needs and photo editing to bring out the 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 pretty much all of the varieties existing on the island before the storm have came back to nest again. Boat tours to the islands Anahuac and Bolivar offer an opportunity to see some of the rarer birds that have returned to the area.

In the springtime, Galveston holds a unique bird-watching festival called the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from around 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 pictures, and see new and various varieties of birds they may never have observed before.

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