Galveston Destinations for Bird-Watchers

Birdwatchers will go nearly anywhere in the world they can manage to see different types of birds. The enjoyment of viewing an uncommon bird is what moves them to do what they do. And one good 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 distinct varieties of birds have been counted on the island at various times of the year.

Also, several waterfowl have made a permanent home on the island, and there's a variety of nesting styles and types to be observed. Guided tours are arranged 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 frequently to see the birds. Some areas offer unique 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 many 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 varieties present on the island before the storm have returned to nest again. Boat tours to the islands Anahuac and Bolivar offer a chance to see some of the rarer birds that have come back to the area.

In the springtime, Galveston holds a unique bird-watching festival called 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 offered 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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