Galveston, Texas: A Bird-Watcher's Delight

Birdwatchers will go almost any place in the world they can manage to see different varieties of birds. The thrill of seeing 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 during their trip to Mexico for the winter and during their trip back in the spring. Three hundred various varieties of birds have been counted on the island at different times of the year.

In addition, quite a few waterfowl have made a permanent home on the island, and there's a variety 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 on a regular basis to see the birds. Some areas offer exclusive classes to teach visitors on the particular birds' backgrounds and histories. One exclusive facility presents classes on bird photography, discussing methodology, equipment requirements and photo editing to bring out the best in your pictures.

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

During the springtime, Galveston holds a exclusive bird-watching festival called the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from around the country flock to the site throughout this time to get in on the three-day festival. Over 100 different tours are offered during Featherfest, as well as plenty of activities and special events. It's a place where birdwatchers can all get together to swap stories and pictures, and see new and different varieties of birds they may never have seen before.

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