Top Bird-Watching Spots in Galveston

Birdwatchers will go almost anywhere in the world they can afford to see different varieties of birds. The enjoyment of seeing an uncommon bird is what moves them to do what they do. And one fantastic place to bird-watch and see lots of types and breeds is Galveston, Texas.

Galveston Island is a central assembly point 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, numerous waterfowl have made a permanent home on the island, and there's an assortment 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 regularly to see the birds. Some areas offer special classes to teach visitors on the particular birds' backgrounds and histories. One particular 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 area numerous years ago, devastated Galveston Island and its bird population. Like most things in nature, though, the area has rapidly recovered, and pretty much all of the species existing on the island prior to the storm have returned to nest again. Boat tours to the islands Anahuac and Bolivar present an opportunity to see some of the rarer birds that have come back to the area.

In the springtime, Galveston holds a special bird-watching festival known as the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from around the nation 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 place where birdwatchers can all get together to swap stories and pictures, and see new and various varieties of birds they may never have seen before.

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