Top Bird-Watching Spots in Galveston

Birdwatchers will go almost anywhere in the world they can afford to see different types of birds. The enjoyment of seeing 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 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 various times of the year.

In addition, several waterfowl have made a permanent home on the island, and there's a variety of nesting styles and varieties to be observed. Guided tours are offered 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 regularly to see the birds. Some places offer unique classes to teach visitors on the specific birds' backgrounds and histories. One particular facility offers classes on bird photography, discussing methodology, equipment requirements and photo editing to bring out the very best in your pictures.

Hurricane Ike, which hit the area several 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 provide 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 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 various tours are held 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 stories and images, and see new and various varieties of birds they may never have observed before.

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