Top Bird-Watching Spots in Galveston

Birdwatchers will go practically anywhere in the world they can afford to see different species of birds. The enjoyment of viewing an uncommon bird is what moves them to do what they do. And one good place 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 unique species of birds have been counted on the island at various times of the year.

Also, many waterfowl have made a permanent home on the island, and there's a wide 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 often to see the birds. Some areas offer special classes to teach 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 a number of 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 before the storm have returned 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 special bird-watching festival known as the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from all over the nation flock to the area throughout this time to get in on the three-day festival. Over 100 various tours are offered during Featherfest, as well as plenty of activities and special events. It's a place where birdwatchers can all get with each other to swap stories and photos, and see new and various varieties of birds they may never have observed before.

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