Galveston Destinations for Bird-Watchers

Birdwatchers will go almost any place in the world they can manage to see different types of birds. The enjoyment 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 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 various varieties of birds have been counted on the island at various times of the year.

Also, several waterfowl have made a permanent home on the island, and there's an assortment of nesting types and varieties to be observed. Guided tours are arranged 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 areas offer exclusive classes to teach visitors on the specific birds' backgrounds and histories. One particular 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 nearly all of the varieties existing on the island prior to the storm have returned to nest again. Boat tours to the islands Anahuac and Bolivar provide a chance to see some of the rarer birds that have returned to the area.

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

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