Galveston, Texas: A Bird-Watcher's Delight

Birdwatchers will travel nearly any place in the world they can afford to see different varieties of birds. The thrill of seeing an uncommon bird is what moves them to do what they do. And one fantastic spot to bird-watch and see lots of varieties 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 distinct varieties of birds have been counted on the island at different times of the year.

In addition, a lot of waterfowl have made a permanent home on the island, and there's a wide variety of nesting styles 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 often to see the birds. Some locations offer unique classes to teach visitors on the particular birds' backgrounds and histories. One particular facility presents 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 area many 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 varieties present on the island before the storm have came back 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 known as the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from around the nation flock to the site for the duration of this time to get in on the three-day festival. Over 100 different tours are held during Featherfest, as well as a great deal of activities and special events. It's a spot where birdwatchers can all get together to swap tales and photographs, and see new and different varieties of birds they may never have observed before.

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