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Galveston is a coastal city located on Galveston Island and Pelican Island in Texas. Galveston Island is one of the top locations in the country for birding. It has a rich variety of habitats – beaches, wetlands, grasslands, woods, ponds, and bays – in a small area that are home to many common year-round species, as well as numerous others that visit briefly or for part of the year. Birds visit en-route from and to Central and South America, north in the spring, south in the fall. Most pass through after stopping for food, water and rest, as very few spend their summers on the Island and breed locally. While Galveston is on the western edge of the Gulf of Mexico, it is in the epicenter of the spring migration, as trade winds bring them right to our doorstep.The Island is also an important wintering ground for numerous species that spend most of the year farther north. More than 300 bird species may be seen throughout the year somewhere on the Island. During FeatherFest, over 200 species are typical, such as common year-round birds, spring migrants and late wintering birds.

April 2020

Featherfest – Galveston

April 16 - April 19
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Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) on beach at pastel-colored sunset on Gulf of Mexico, Galveston Island State Park, Galveston, Texas, USA

Featherfest is every April in beautiful Galveston, Texas. It is one of the biggest bird festivals around, and it has an awesome track of photographer classes and trips to nearby birding hotspots and Galveston locations, including an island rookery normally off limits to visitors. I have done it for many years and it is great fun. With photographers like Kathy Adams Clark, Larry Ditto, Hector Astorga, Kevin Karlson, and Tim Timmis, it is a whirlwind four days and a bargain opportunity for…

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