Galveston, Texas: A Bird-Watcher's Delight

Birdwatchers will travel nearly any place in the world they can afford to see different varieties of birds. The enjoyment of viewing an uncommon bird is what drives them to do what they do. And one fantastic location to bird-watch and see lots of types and breeds is Galveston, Texas.

Galveston Island is a central meeting 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 unique 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 an assortment of nesting styles and varieties 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 head out often to see the birds. Some areas offer special classes to enlighten visitors on the unique birds' backgrounds and histories. One particular facility provides 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 region a number of years ago, devastated Galveston Island and its bird population. Like most things in nature, though, the region has quickly recovered, and nearly all of the species existing on the island prior to the storm have came back 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.

In the springtime, Galveston holds a special bird-watching festival known as the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from everywhere in 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 offered during Featherfest, as well as plenty of activities and special events. It's a location where birdwatchers can all get with each other to swap tales and photographs, and see new and different varieties of birds they may never have observed before.

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