Top Bird-Watching Spots in Galveston

Birdwatchers will travel nearly any place in the world they can manage to see different varieties of birds. The excitement of viewing a scarce bird is what moves 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 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 various varieties of birds have been counted on the island at various times of the year.

Also, a lot of 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 organized 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 areas offer special classes to enlighten visitors on the specific birds' backgrounds and histories. One special 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 many years ago, devastated Galveston Island and its bird population. Like most things in nature, though, the area has quickly recovered, and nearly all of the varieties existing on the island before the storm have came back to nest again. Boat tours to the islands Anahuac and Bolivar provide a possibility to see some of the rarer birds that have returned to the area.

During the springtime, Galveston holds a special bird-watching festival known as the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from all over 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 a great deal of activities and special events. It's a place where birdwatchers can all get with each other to swap stories and photographs, and see new and different varieties of birds they may never have observed before.

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