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5:30 am
April 8 @ 5:30 am - 3:30 pm

Six rail species winter or live year-round at the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. This year, with an earlier departure time than in past years, this trip provides a good possibility for seeing or hearing them all – Yellow, Black, Sora, Virginia, Clapper and King Rails. Before the Yellow Rail Walk, the morning will begin with...

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April 8 @ 5:30 am - 12:30 pm

Explore the mainland beyond the western tip of Galveston Island, along Bluewater Highway, and in route to Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, with guides who know this very pleasant trip well. BNWR is a 40,000-acre refuge famous for its spectacular birding. Snooze for the first part of the trip, then leave Galveston Island by way of...

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6:00 am
April 8 @ 6:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join birding expert, Kevin Karlson (a FeatherFest favorite), and his logistics team to engage in this fast-paced, fun competition to top birding sites on Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula. Kevin's Team is one of two teams competing to identify the most species of birds on this one day adventure. The second team will be led by Greg Miller.

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April 8 @ 6:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join birding expert, Greg Miller (of “The Big Year” fame), and his logistics team to engage in this fast-paced, fun competition to top birding sites on Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula. Greg's Team is one of two teams competing to identify the most species of birds on this one day adventure. The second team will be led by Kevin Karlson.

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April 8 @ 6:00 am - 10:00 am

Join Sean Fitzgerald 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 8 @ 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

Birding Bolivar is Dick Peake’s favorite local event! 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....

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April 8 @ 6:00 am - 10:00 am

Bolivar Flats on the Bolivar Peninsula offers unique bird photography opportunities with its shallow water and exposed sand bars. Tim will take a small group of photographers out to Bolivar Flats to demonstrate the techniques he routinely uses to capture images of shorebirds down low at their own eye level. Participants will use a ground...

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April 8 @ 6:00 am - 10:00 am

Combine the movement of horses on the beach with the glow of sunrise. What better setting to learn about creative photography techniques? On this trip to nearby a Galveston Island beach we will be met by horses and riders. Topics to be covered will be: photographing moving subjects, creating blurred images to show movement, panning, and high speed photography to freeze moving subjects and water.

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6:30 am
April 8 @ 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 Audubon Society...

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6:45 am
April 8 @ 6:45 am - 11:45 am

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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7:15 am
April 8 @ 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 8 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Join Sky King Falconry and Kathy Adams Clark to photograph various captive raptors and other trained birds in natural settings. This is a great opportunity to see and photograph these birds as you would need to work for years to capture these images in the wild. Sky King Falconry will pose raptors in natural settings...

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April 8 @ 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 8 @ 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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8:30 am
April 8 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

NEW EVENT! Get a close-up look at the many critters, plants and birds that inhabit the bay. Tour activities...

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8:45 am
April 8 @ 8:45 am - 10:15 am

Our first FledglingFest event of the day will be by boat! Board the Seagull II to explore the waters of the Galveston Harbor and Bay searching for dolphins and birds. What could be more fun?

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9:00 am
April 8 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Many birders are clamoring to learn about other things they see when birding, and prominent among these are dragonflies and damselflies, which together comprise the insect order Odonata. These raptors of the insect world are important in both terrestrial and aquatic food webs, and food for a number of bird species. The adults' beautiful colors...

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10:00 am
April 8 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for an eco-art adventure to discover the natural and restored marshes protecting one of the most pristine examples of a dune/swale complex on Galveston Island. Artist Boat’s interpretive staff will lead you to great places via kayak, show and identify native species, interpret natural processes, teach water coloring techniques, and assist...

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10:15 am
April 8 @ 10:15 am - 11:15 am

It's only natural that birders should be interested in butterflies, given how important these insects are to birds. Members of the insect order Lepidoptera, butterflies and moths are a key food source for birds; caterpillars in particular are a major component of bird diets. If you garden to attract butterflies and other insects, you're sure...

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11:00 am
April 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Photographic Composition refers to the arrangement of visual elements in a photo. During this workshop we will talk about how to approach photographic composition. We will discuss numerous related topics including: Filling the frame Placing your subjects off center Leading lines Anchors Foreground, middle-ground, and backgrounds

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April 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Back by popular demand, our FledglingFest events are designed specifically for children and their grown-ups! In a classroom setting, your group will explore birds and birding, an outdoor activity that can be done by adults and children alike and together – anywhere, anytime, and at virtually no cost. Learn why the Galveston area is one...

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11:45 am
April 8 @ 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

One of the key elements for capturing quality photographic images is lighting.  This is also true for bird photography.  In this workshop, Tim will show you how to control the light and how to get the proper exposure in your camera.  You will learn how to get the “golden light” in your photos and how...

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12:00 pm
April 8 @ 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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April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 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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12:30 pm
April 8 @ 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 8 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Are you frustrated with your bird photos? Learn how to use photo processing tools like Photoshop or Lightroom to give the best look to your photos of birds.  This workshop is specific to bird photography and the photos birders might capture while out in the field.

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12:45 pm
April 8 @ 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 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Are you baffled by flash? Unsure of when, how or why to use flash, or overwhelmed by the technical aspects? Join Sean Fitzgerald for a comprehensive workshop on using flash and supplemental light in your nature photography. In this three hour information-packed session, participants will learn about: Different kinds of light and how...

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April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

NEW EVENT!   Take a tour of the Rainforest with one of the Moody Gardens' biologists as you explore a variety of birds from rainforest regions of the world. You will learn all about bird biology and adaptations in a fun, interactive program. The tour will...

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1:30 pm
April 8 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

What can a birder do in the middle of the day when the sun is high and bird activity may be low? Why look at other critters, of course, like butterflies, and dragonflies and damselflies – insects that are active when the day warms up. On this trip, you'll have an opportunity to identify these...

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April 8 @ 1:30 pm - 5:45 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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2:00 pm
April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Birds can be a challenge to photograph, yet they are a popular subject for photographers. And birds are everywhere, from our backyards to foreign locations. Join Kathy Adams Clark in this workshop to learn how to take better photographs of birds from a photographer’s point-of-view.  Camera features and options will be discussed along with composition,...

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2:30 pm
April 8 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Hop on board for a birding field trip by bus on Galveston Island! Your leaders will introduce you to the fun and exciting world of birding while taking you to some of the best birding spots on Galveston Island to help you look for and identify birds.

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4:00 pm
April 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Going birding is something we all love to do. Driving to birding hotspots is exciting because of the variety of birds we can see. Your backyard can be just as exciting! If you will provide for the four basic needs of birds, you can discover a refuge in your own backyard. Paul Fagala, of...

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

Join Hector Astorga 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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6:00 pm
April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This one-of-a-kind wildlife celebration will be an exciting evening filled with flying Birds of Prey, endless photo ops, an exceptional four-course Mediterranean-style dinner and wine from the Olympia Grill at Pier 21, a Raptors Raffle filled with great surprises, a Safari Photo Booth and so much more! Raptor’s Uncorked is a fun culinary and avian delight that has become a FeatherFest favorite with returning guests, and a must-do event for first-time festival goers!

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

History and nature meet as you step back in time to the recently restored 1875 Julius & Elizabeth Ruhl House for Cocktails & Conversation with Kevin Karlson and Greg Miller. Galveston Island is steeped in 19th century history and charm and the Ruhl house is one of the most notable properties in the Island’s East End Historic Landmark District. Enjoy visiting with both Kevin and Greg about real life birding adventures as well as those portrayed in The Big Year as you sip cocktails and savor delectable hors d’oeuvres.

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