Galveston Destinations for Bird-Watchers

Birdwatchers will travel almost anywhere in the world they can afford 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 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 on their way to Mexico for the winter and on their way back in the spring. Three hundred unique varieties of birds have been counted on the island at different times of the year.

In addition, quite a few waterfowl have made a permanent home on the island, and there's a wide variety of nesting types 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 head out frequently to see the birds. Some locations offer exclusive classes to enlighten visitors on the specific birds' backgrounds and histories. One distinctive facility offers classes on bird photography, discussing methodology, equipment requirements 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 almost all of the varieties existing on the island prior to 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.

In the springtime, Galveston holds a exclusive bird-watching festival known as the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from all over 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 lot of activities and special events. It's a place where birdwatchers can all get together to swap tales and photos, and see new and different varieties of birds they may never have observed before.

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