Galveston, Texas: A Bird-Watcher's Delight

Birdwatchers will travel nearly anywhere in the world they can manage to see different types of birds. The enjoyment of viewing an uncommon bird is what moves them to do what they do. And one fantastic spot 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 while traveling to Mexico for the winter and while traveling back in the spring. Three hundred different species 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 a wide 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 go out frequently to see the birds. Some places offer exclusive classes to enlighten visitors on the particular birds' backgrounds and histories. One exclusive facility offers 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 a number of years ago, devastated Galveston Island and its bird population. Like most things in nature, though, the area has rapidly recovered, and nearly 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 returned to the area.

In the springtime, Galveston holds a exclusive bird-watching festival known as the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from around the nation flock to the site during this time to get in on the three-day festival. Over 100 different tours are offered during Featherfest, as well as a lot of activities and special events. It's a spot where birdwatchers can all get with each other to swap tales and pictures, and see new and different varieties of birds they may never have seen before.

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