Birders will find this workshop and field trip the perfect introduction to coastal birding. You will spend the first hour and fifteen minutes in a workshop learning about the diversity of species, as well as various techniques to identify birds on the Upper Texas Coast. After a lunch break, we will meet back at headquarters at 12:45 p.m. to board our bus and head out to one of the hotspots on the Upper Texas Coast to view these incredible birds. The trip is designed to give each participant the opportunity to practice the techniques learned in the workshop, in order to develop confidence in the field.
The trip will go to the East End Lagoon Nature Preserve beach area where you’ll see Black Skimmers, American Avocets, Black-necked Stilts, and many species of shore birds, gulls, terns, sandpipers, plovers, and more. Stops along the way will highlight birds preferring marsh habitat.
The preserve is located at the East End of the Galveston Seawall and Boddecker Dr. The City of Galveston owns 686 acres of land at the eastern tip of the island and the intent is to transform it into a world-class natural recreational area and nature preserve with an interpretive center. All the habitats associated with a barrier island – beach, uplands, fresh water ponds, brackish lagoons and wetlands – are present.
Time permitting, the trip may move on to Corps Woods. This is a heavily wooded area, located adjacent to a large spoils area and the Galveston Ship Channel, which serves as a local migrant songbird trap.
Bring water, snacks, and insect repellant, and be sure to wear appropriate footwear (i.e., tennis shoes or hiking boots).
Note: This workshop/field trip combo breaks for lunch after the workshop. Participants will make their own lunch plans and return to festival headquarters to board the bus for the field trip.