Galveston Destinations for Bird-Watchers

Birdwatchers will go almost anywhere in the world they can afford to see different varieties of birds. The thrill of viewing an uncommon bird is what moves them to do what they do. And one fantastic location to bird-watch and see lots of varieties and breeds is Galveston, Texas.

Galveston Island is a central assembly point for birds flying both north and south. For the northern migratory birds, it is a rest stop during their trip to Mexico for the winter and during their trip back in the spring. Three hundred various varieties of birds have been counted on the island at various times of the year.

Also, numerous waterfowl have made a permanent home on the island, and there's an assortment of nesting types and types to be observed. Guided tours are offered throughout the year to see the birds in their mating, nesting, and migratory seasons. Half or full day tours on water or on land head out on a regular basis to see the birds. Some locations offer unique classes to enlighten visitors on the particular birds' backgrounds and histories. One exclusive facility provides 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 virtually 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 a possibility to see some of the rarer birds that have come back to the area.

During the springtime, Galveston holds a unique bird-watching festival known as the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from all over the country flock to the site during this time to get in on the three-day festival. Over 100 various tours are held during Featherfest, as well as a great deal of activities and special events. It's a location where birdwatchers can all get with each other to swap stories and pictures, and see new and various varieties of birds they may never have witnessed before.

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