Galveston, Texas: A Bird-Watcher's Delight

Birdwatchers will go nearly anywhere in the world they can manage to see different types of birds. The thrill of viewing a scarce bird is what moves them to do what they do. And one fantastic place 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 species of birds have been counted on the island at various times of the year.

Also, a lot of waterfowl have made a permanent home on the island, and there's a variety of nesting styles and types 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 frequently to see the birds. Some areas offer unique classes to teach visitors on the specific birds' backgrounds and histories. One particular 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 a number of years ago, devastated Galveston Island and its bird population. Like most things in nature, though, the area has rapidly recovered, and almost all of the species present on the island before the storm have came back to nest again. Boat tours to the islands Anahuac and Bolivar provide a possibility 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 country flock to the site for the duration of this time to get in on the three-day festival. Over 100 various 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 tales and pictures, and see new and various varieties of birds they may never have seen before.

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