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5:30 am
April 7 @ 5:30 am - 3:30 pm

This is a 75-mile bus trip to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge which is located on the mainland side of East Galveston Bay. With 35,000 acres of brackish and freshwater marsh, flooded moist soil units and the East Galveston Bay shoreline, the refuge offers the full range of coastal and migratory birds. Park roads, trails and...

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5:45 am
April 7 @ 5:45 am - 1:30 pm

The first part of this trip is similar to the trip to Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge. It will head west over the San Luis Pass bridge and off Galveston Island. The first destination will be Gulf Coast Bird Observatory to watch migrant songbirds being caught in mist nets and banded by professional bird banders. The...

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6:00 am
April 7 @ 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join Kevin Karlson at what he calls “one of the finest migratory locations in North America” – the southern end of the Bolivar Peninsula. Shorebirds, terns, herons, egrets and other water birds will give participants an unforgettable field experience. Targets: Expect to see at least 80 – 100 species! For example, 5 species of plovers,...

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

Photographing shorebirds is fun and challenging as they are almost always in motion. We will seek out the birds on East Beach or wherever they may be hiding, to capture the action.  We may also head to the boat dock area behind the Strand to get close-up shots of Pelicans and other birds as they...

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

Join Scott Buckel on this unique experience on Galveston Bay to photograph birds in flight from a boat. One of the best ways to learn to photograph birds in flight is to practice and this trip will provide a great opportunity to do that. The number of birds, Brown Pelicans in particular, is amazing, providing...

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6:30 am
April 7 @ 6:30 am - 3:30 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...

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April 7 @ 6:30 am - 3:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what the Texas Birding Classic, Birdathon and birding competitions are all about? Here’s your chance to have that experience! Local birders will lead you to their best, secret Galveston County birding locations where participants will spot, listen, locate, describe, identify, verify, agree, record, and count as many feathered species as possible...

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April 7 @ 6:30 am - 3:00 pm

Bird Galveston Island with one of the world's most famous birders! In 1998, Greg zig-zagged 130,000 miles across the USA hoping to reach at least 700 species of birds in one calendar year. His effort was chronicled in Mark Obmascik's novel, The Big Year, which later became a movie. You'll see the great diversity of...

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7:15 am
April 7 @ 7:15 am - 11:15 am

Participants will travel to Galveston Island West End shorebird hot spots to bird the freshwater ponds, coastal marshes and bay waters. These areas provide habitat for Clapper Rails, Black-necked Stilts, Common Loons, diving ducks and “peeps.” There’s excellent viewing of American Oystercatchers, Dunlins, Ruddy Turnstones, dowitchers, gulls and terns that gather on the private piers...

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8:00 am
April 7 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Drive your own car to the Galveston Island State Park for a delightful, natural experience. Enjoy paddling in a provided kayak while slowly exploring the open lagoons and marshes of Galveston Island State Park, one of the area’s premier ecological jewels. This 2,000-acre public park offers a multitude of habitats that support a wide variety...

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8:15 am
April 7 @ 8:15 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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9:00 am
April 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The tip of the Bolivar Peninsula offers a wide variety of photographic opportunities and who better to explore those with than Kathy Adams Clark! The trip will begin with the sunrise across the Houston Ship Channel and an opportunity to photograph birds around the ferry landing. From there we go to the North Jetty for an opportunity to photograph American Avocets and other wading birds. Finally, the group will photograph wading birds in several marshes nearby. Locations are subject to change based on tide, wind, and location of the birds.

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10:00 am
April 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Don’t miss this free and informative presentation on digiscoping, which is a unique form of long-distance photography using a digital camera and a field spotting scope. Representatives of optics companies will cover the equipment basics of a good digiscoping set-up and provide digiscoping tips and general information about advances in optics.

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10:45 am
April 7 @ 10:45 am - 11:45 am

Are you having trouble identifying plovers, terns, gulls, peeps and other shorebirds? Help is on the way! Local birding guide and FeatherFest favorite, Allen Hardee, will share some basic field ID approaches and specialty tips for identifying the shorebirds of Galveston Island. To enhance your experience with this workshop, sign up for the Shorebirds on...

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11:30 am
April 7 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Taking bird photos from the prone position or at ground level will enhance your photos by giving them a much more intimate perspective with a very dramatic depth of field.  This low position also enables you to get closer to the birds. Tim will share his techniques for getting down and dirty with shorebirds. He...

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12:00 pm
April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

North Deer Island has 1.7 miles of protected shoreline which supports nesting habitat for the threatened Reddish Egret and 16 other bird species. This rookery is located in Galveston Bay between Tiki Island and West Galveston. There are over 12,000 nesting pairs of birds on North Deer Island and the small surrounding islands. Of that...

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12:30 pm
April 7 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This field trip searches for the spring songbird richness found on West Galveston Island, with a special emphasis on warblers, vireos, tanagers, orioles, grosbeaks and buntings. Guests will walk through Lafitte’s Cove Nature Preserve, Galveston’s crown jewel for migrating songbirds. Several species of vireos and warblers were seen in the oak mott last spring. Freshwater...

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April 7 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Larry will introduce several different approaches to taking your nature photographs to a creative level beyond just documenting what you see. You will learn how to effectively use slow shutter speeds to create pleasing blurs that convey action in images. Larry will discuss the equipment and processing involved and show examples of images that are...

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12:45 pm
April 7 @ 12:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Galveston Island has all the habitats associated with a barrier island - beach, uplands, fresh water ponds, brackish lagoons and wetlands. Join local birder Allen Hardee on this “birdy” trip as you learn to identify Black Skimmers, gulls, terns, sandpipers, plovers, herons, egrets, ibis, spoonbills, ducks and much more. Last year this Sunday trip saw...

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1:00 pm
April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Don’t miss this special tour of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s sea turtle facility, where more than 350 turtles are housed in 30 saltwater tanks. Known as the “turtle barn,” the facility is the only one of its kind in the world dedicated to captive rearing of sea turtles for research. For the short...

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2:00 pm
April 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Hector D. Astorga is a professional nature photographer, photographer guide and photography workshop instructor. Since 2008 he has had success in photography contests. He has won many regional and national Nature Photography competitions including: Grand Prize Winner - 2008 Valley Land Fund Nature Photography Contest (Small Tract Division) Grand Prize Winner - 2010 Valley Land Fund...

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2:30 pm
April 7 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Don’t miss this special tour of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s sea turtle facility, where more than 350 turtles are housed in 30 saltwater tanks. Known as the “turtle barn,” the facility is the only one of its kind in the world dedicated to captive rearing of sea turtles for research. For the short...

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3:00 pm
April 7 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Drive your own car to Galveston Island State Park for a delightful, natural experience. Scott will introduce you to photographing wildlife from a kayak. Enjoy paddling in a provided kayak while slowly exploring the marshes of Galveston Island State Park, one of the area’s premier ecological jewels. This 2,000-acre public park offers a multitude of...

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3:30 pm
April 7 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Are you a birdwatcher who also carries a camera? Do you raise your binoculars first and then grab your camera to try to photograph the bird? Are you not really keen on learning everything there is to know about your camera, but would like to take better photos? This workshop will cover the basic camera...

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4:00 pm
April 7 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Larry Ditto on this unique experience on Galveston Bay to photograph birds in flight from a boat. One of the best ways to learn to photograph birds in flight is to practice and this trip will provide a great opportunity to do that. The number of birds, Brown Pelicans in particular, is amazing, providing...

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April 7 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Migrating birds won’t be the only wildlife you’ll see during FeatherFest! Live birds of prey will soar right above you during the free raptor shows at the Galveston Community Center. Audience members of all ages will be enthralled as raptors demonstrate their hunting styles in exciting free-flight presentations. Everyone is sure to be all ears...

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4:15 pm
April 7 @ 4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

This short workshop concentrates on the regional warblers of North America that may be seen in a particular geographic area. Since there are about 53 species of warblers that can reliably be seen in North America, we will cover the regional species in detail, and others with just a peripheral view. After showing the seasonal...

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4:30 pm
April 7 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The modern smart phone can be your most valuable birding tool next to your binoculars. With the help of any number of birding apps, your smart phone will help you identify birds, learn bird facts and record your sightings. Birding Apps can make you a better birder by expanding your birding knowledge, making birding more...

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6:30 pm
April 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

In a big year, birders try to identify by sight or sound as many bird species as possible in a given year. The Big Year starring Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black depicts three birders eager to win a Big Year in the United States. It is adapted from Mark Obmascik's best-selling book of the same name and describes real life predicaments of the three birders as they compete for the most number of identified species. One of those three birders is Greg Miller who was portrayed by Jack Black. Greg will be sharing some personal comments and insight during the screening and will be on hand to answer questions afterwards.

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

Come learn different lighting techniques to create some unique and unusual images while photographing at a beach located on the west end of Galveston Island. Topics will include: Light Painting and Long Exposure Effects, Steel Wool Photography Tips and Tricks, Light Drawing, Repeating Flash Mode Tricks and other interesting and fun techniques.

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

High Dynamic Range is a great, fun way to take photos! Interesting photos happen when you combine several images into a composite that captures all the dynamic range the human eye can see. Grand landscapes come to life when you combine 15 or 20 images into a panoramic photo. Come learn the techniques...

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

Join Sean Fitzgerald on the 21st floor of a Gulf side building to photograph flying pelicans at eye level as they fly in formation along the coast. This is a unique opportunity and a lot of fun. We have arranged for balcony access with plenty of room for tripods and gear, so space...

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