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 thrill of seeing a scarce bird is what moves them to do what they do. And one good location to bird-watch and see lots of varieties 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 various species of birds have been counted on the island at various times of the year.

In addition, numerous waterfowl have made a permanent home on the island, and there's a wide variety of nesting styles and varieties 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 regularly to see the birds. Some areas offer special classes to teach visitors on the particular birds' backgrounds and histories. One particular facility provides 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 region several years ago, devastated Galveston Island and its bird population. Like most things in nature, though, the region has quickly recovered, and pretty much all of the species existing 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.

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 unique tours are held during Featherfest, as well as a lot of activities and special events. It's a location where birdwatchers can all get together to swap tales and pictures, and see new and unique varieties of birds they may never have witnessed before.

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