Top Bird-Watching Spots in Galveston

Birdwatchers will go almost anywhere in the world they can manage to see different varieties of birds. The enjoyment of viewing a scarce bird is what drives 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 spot 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 distinct varieties of birds have been counted on the island at different times of the year.

In addition, several 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 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 specific birds' backgrounds and histories. One distinctive facility provides classes on bird photography, discussing methodology, equipment requirements and photo editing to bring out the greatest in your pictures.

Hurricane Ike, which hit the area many years ago, devastated Galveston Island and its bird population. Like most things in nature, though, the area has rapidly recovered, and nearly all of the varieties present on the island before the storm have returned to nest again. Boat tours to the islands Anahuac and Bolivar provide an opportunity 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 all over 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 plenty of activities and special events. It's a location 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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