Galveston, Texas: A Bird-Watcher's Delight

Birdwatchers will go nearly any place in the world they can afford to see different varieties of birds. The thrill of seeing a scarce bird is what drives 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 assembly 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 various species of birds have been counted on the island at various times of the year.

In addition, a lot of waterfowl have made a permanent home on the island, and there's a variety of nesting types 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 head out frequently to see the birds. Some spots offer special classes to enlighten visitors on the particular 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 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 existing on the island before the storm have returned to nest again. Boat tours to the islands Anahuac and Bolivar provide a chance to see some of the rarer birds that have come back to the area.

During the springtime, Galveston holds a special bird-watching festival known as the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from everywhere in 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 held during Featherfest, as well as a great deal of activities and special events. It's a place where birdwatchers can all get together to swap stories and photos, and see new and various varieties of birds they may never have observed before.

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