Galveston Destinations for Bird-Watchers

Birdwatchers will go nearly anywhere in the world they can manage to see different species of birds. The thrill of viewing a scarce 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 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 species of birds have been counted on the island at different times of the year.

In addition, 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 go out regularly to see the birds. Some areas offer unique classes to teach visitors on the particular birds' backgrounds and histories. One distinctive facility provides classes on bird photography, discussing methodology, equipment needs and photo editing to bring out the best in your pictures.

Hurricane Ike, which hit the area many years ago, devastated Galveston Island and its bird population. Like most things in nature, though, the area has rapidly recovered, and almost all of the species existing on the island before the storm have returned to nest again. Boat tours to the islands Anahuac and Bolivar offer a chance to see some of the rarer birds that have come back to the area.

During the springtime, Galveston holds a unique bird-watching festival referred to as the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from all over the region flock to the site during 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 tales and pictures, and see new and various varieties of birds they may never have observed before.

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