Top Bird-Watching Spots in Galveston

Birdwatchers will travel practically anywhere in the world they can manage to see different varieties of birds. The thrill of seeing an uncommon 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 meeting 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 different 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 an assortment of nesting styles and types to be observed. Guided tours are offered 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 specific birds' backgrounds and histories. One special facility provides 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 quickly recovered, and nearly all of the species existing on the island before the storm have came back to nest again. Boat tours to the islands Anahuac and Bolivar present 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 all over the country flock to the area for the duration of this time to get in on the three-day festival. Over 100 different 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 pictures, and see new and different varieties of birds they may never have observed before.

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