Galveston Destinations for Bird-Watchers

Birdwatchers will travel practically anywhere in the world they can afford to see different varieties of birds. The enjoyment of viewing a rare bird is what drives them to do what they do. And one great spot to bird-watch and see lots of types and breeds is Galveston, Texas.

Galveston Island is a central assembly point 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 different 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 variety of nesting styles and varieties to be observed. Guided tours are arranged 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 on a regular basis to see the birds. Some locations offer special classes to enlighten visitors on the specific birds' backgrounds and histories. One special facility presents 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 a number of years ago, devastated Galveston Island and its bird population. Like most things in nature, though, the area has rapidly recovered, and virtually all of the species present on the island prior to the storm have returned to nest again. Boat tours to the islands Anahuac and Bolivar provide a possibility to see some of the rarer birds that have come back to the area.

In the springtime, Galveston holds a special bird-watching festival called the Galveston Featherfest. Birdwatchers from around the nation flock to the area 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 spot where birdwatchers can all get with each other to swap tales and pictures, and see new and various varieties of birds they may never have observed before.

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