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6:30 am
April 6 @ 6:30 am - 11:30 am

Explore the entire island on a fast-paced trip. Our local leaders know the birding spots well and will take into account the weather and tides, and what they have seen just prior to and during the festival. The tour is not fixed rigidly in advance but is more a birding adventure. You'll go where the birds are!

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April 6 @ 6:30 am - 3:00 pm

Guests will explore various habitats on the peninsula, e.g., sand flats, grassy prairies, jetties, tidal sloughs, wooded lots, and Fort Travis. The Bolivar sand flats area is known as one of the finest migratory locations in North America for shorebirds, terns, herons, egrets and other water birds. It is a designated habitat for the protection...

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7:00 am
April 6 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

The group will travel by bus to the Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve. This 2,300 acre preserve offers a combination of grassland, wetland, and coastal habitats where a diversity of birds can be seen in one trip. The large dike that protects Texas City is one of the boundaries of this property where pipits...

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8:00 am
April 6 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Kevin is so much fun to bird with that we decided to add a trip where he will concentrate on just Galveston Island! We’ll let Kevin decide where he wants to go depending on what he’s scouted out before the festival. He’ll check out Corps Woods, Lafitte’s Cove, the East End Flats, Sportsman Road and...

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10:15 am
April 6 @ 10:15 am - 12:15 pm

Join us in a three-part series of progressive workshops and field trips to build your bird watching skills and increase your joy of birding. Each session is designed for beginners and intermediate birders that want to learn, reinforce, and refine their birding skills and techniques. These workshops and field trips use field environments to present and develop skills while we watch birds.

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11:00 am
April 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Shorebird photography provides an abundance of opportunities for action-packed photography and challenges including birds in flight, feeding, and battling over territory. Tim has focused his wildlife photography on shorebirds and will share his experience and techniques with you to optimize your shorebird photos. You will learn the benefits of low-level bird photography including the opportunities...

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11:30 am
April 6 @ 11:30 am - 8:30 pm

Boy Scout Woods, Smith Oaks, The Rookery, and more! High Island is the surface expression of a salt dome on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. Due to its elevation above the saltwater table, it supports wooded habitat that supplies food, water and places to rest for tired trans-Gulf migrants. The Houston Audubon Society...

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12:30 pm
April 6 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This trip offers a combination of shorebirding in a long, shallow lagoon and canvassing for songbird migrants in woodlots, all on nearby Pelican Island.

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April 6 @ 12:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Birders will find this workshop and field trip the perfect introduction to coastal birding. You will spend the first hour in a workshop learning about the diversity of species and state of the art techniques to rapidly identify birds on the Upper Texas Coast.  We will then go to one of the hotspots on the...

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12:45 pm
April 6 @ 12:45 pm - 5:00 pm

This field trip is one of our best kept secrets! Participants in the past have been surprised at the variety of birds seen on this outing. The Texas City Dike projects approximately 5 miles into East Galveston Bay, almost to Pelican Island. The newly built recreational area along the dike is an excellent vantage point...

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1:00 pm
April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Larry will teach participants techniques for working with the ball head, Wimberley head, and hand holding for action and flight work. He will explain how to select a tripod that is right for action work, and why it is important to select the proper ISO, shutter speed, and focus points to capture the perfect image....

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3:30 pm
April 6 @ 3:30 pm - 9:30 pm

After this field trip, you will wonder why you waited so long to start photographing birds on the wing! The rookery at Smith Oaks offers endless opportunities for bird in flight photography. Larry will instruct and guide participants in the following topics with the goal of helping to simplifying the process of photographing birds in...

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April 6 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Allow technology to help further your birding knowledge and record keeping by using eBird.org and BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide app. The eBird app has revolutionized the keeping of birding records and the sharing of these records. In this workshop, we will explore using eBird on the web and submitting birding records. You will also be...

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4:30 pm
April 6 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Explore the world of beach landscapes and abstracts, using the simplicity of sand, sky, water, and even long exposures to create surreal images. Bring your polarizers and neutral density filters, if you have them, along with camera, tripod, and cable release, along with your imagination. Suggested Equipment: SLR camera with lens from 18 to 300...

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5:00 pm
April 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This workshop will be enjoyable as a stand-alone event, as well as a tune-up or primer, for those going to High Island or other woodlot venues where colorful migrating warblers can be expected. Learn key concepts and techniques to improve your power of observation and sharpen your identification skills. See slides of warblers that migrate...

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7:00 pm
April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Interesting things happen when you photograph at night. Water blurs and objects take on an unworldly appearance. On this field trip, you will work with long exposures while photographing around one of Galveston's famous fishing piers. Participants will photograph waves from sunset through twilight and into the dark of night. You will work with slow...

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