Galveston, Texas: A Bird-Watcher's Delight

Birdwatchers will travel nearly anywhere in the world they can afford to see different varieties of birds. The excitement of viewing a rare bird is what moves them to do what they do. And one good location to bird-watch and see lots of types 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 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 different times of the year.

Also, a lot of waterfowl have made a permanent home on the island, and there's a wide variety of nesting types and types to be observed. Guided tours are organized throughout 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 regularly to see the birds. Some locations offer exclusive classes to teach visitors on the specific birds' backgrounds and histories. One particular facility offers classes on bird photography, discussing methodology, equipment needs 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 almost all of the species present on the island prior to the storm have came back to nest again. Boat tours to the islands Anahuac and Bolivar offer a chance to see some of the rarer birds that have returned to the area.

During the springtime, Galveston holds a exclusive bird-watching festival called the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from around the nation 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 lot of activities and special events. It's a location where birdwatchers can all get with each other to swap tales and photos, and see new and various varieties of birds they may never have witnessed before.

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