Galveston Destinations for Bird-Watchers

Birdwatchers will travel nearly anywhere in the world they can afford to see different types of birds. The enjoyment of viewing a scarce bird is what drives them to do what they do. And one good 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 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.

In addition, several 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 organized 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 frequently to see the birds. Some places offer special classes to teach 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 a number of years ago, devastated Galveston Island and its bird population. Like most things in nature, though, the region has quickly recovered, and virtually 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 an opportunity to see some of the rarer birds that have come back to the area.

During the springtime, Galveston holds a special bird-watching festival called the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from everywhere in the nation flock to the site during this time to get in on the three-day festival. Over 100 unique tours are held during Featherfest, as well as a lot of activities and special events. It's a location where birdwatchers can all get together to swap tales and images, and see new and unique varieties of birds they may never have observed before.

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