Top Bird-Watching Spots in Galveston

Birdwatchers will go nearly anywhere in the world they can manage to see different varieties of birds. The enjoyment of viewing a rare bird is what drives them to do what they do. And one fantastic location to bird-watch and see lots of types 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 on their way to Mexico for the winter and on their way back in the spring. Three hundred different varieties of birds have been counted on the island at various times of the year.

In addition, many 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 locations offer unique classes to teach visitors on the specific birds' backgrounds and histories. One distinctive 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 numerous years ago, devastated Galveston Island and its bird population. Like most things in nature, though, the region has rapidly recovered, and virtually 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 offer an opportunity to see some of the rarer birds that have returned to the area.

In the springtime, Galveston holds a unique bird-watching festival called the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from around the region flock to the area for the duration of 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 location where birdwatchers can all get together to swap tales and photographs, and see new and various varieties of birds they may never have observed before.

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