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Galveston Destinations for Bird-Watchers

Birdwatchers will travel nearly 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 types 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 while traveling to Mexico for the winter and while traveling back in the spring. Three hundred various species 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 organized 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 routinely to see the birds. Some locations offer unique 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 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 present on the island prior to the storm have came back to nest again. Boat tours to the islands Anahuac and Bolivar present a possibility to see some of the rarer birds that have come back 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 throughout 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 location where birdwatchers can all get together to swap stories and pictures, and see new and different varieties of birds they may never have witnessed before.

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