Galveston Destinations for Bird-Watchers

Birdwatchers will travel practically anywhere in the world they can manage to see different species of birds. The thrill of viewing a rare bird is what moves them to do what they do. And one excellent place 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 while traveling to Mexico for the winter and while traveling back in the spring. Three hundred unique species of birds have been counted on the island at different times of the year.

Also, numerous waterfowl have made a permanent home on the island, and there's an assortment of nesting styles and types 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 on a regular basis to see the birds. Some locations offer unique classes to teach visitors on the unique birds' backgrounds and histories. One exclusive 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 a number of years ago, devastated Galveston Island and its bird population. Like most things in nature, though, the region has rapidly recovered, and nearly all of the species 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 come back to the area.

During the springtime, Galveston holds a unique bird-watching festival called the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from everywhere in 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 plenty of activities and special events. It's a place 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 observed before.

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