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5:30 am
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 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
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 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
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

Photo: Dave Williams We are pleased to offer a very special birding adventure with one of the worlds foremost birders (or in his own words “bird lover”), our own Victor Emanuel! Join Victor on a trip to one of the finest migratory locations in North America – the western end of the Bolivar Peninsula. Here...

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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 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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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 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 many photo opportunities as they come and go from the islands.

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6:30 am
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 6:30 am - 3:30 pm

Boy Scout Woods, Smith Oaks, The Rookery, and more!
The accident of geology makes the Upper Texas Coast a beacon to weary neotropical migrants finishing a 10+ hour, nonstop flight across the Gulf of Mexico. From under an ancient sea, a salt dome emerged. After a few thousand years the dome reached just 38-feet above a pancake-flat coastal plain where it became covered with 20-30-foot oak trees, creating a vast canopy. This created High Island, which is now a beacon to weary Trans-Gulf migrants. This area provides wooded habitat that supplies food, water and places to rest for these migrants.

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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 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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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 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
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 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
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 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
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 8:15 am - 12:45 pm

The spectacle of a water bird nesting rookery is a birder “must see.” North Deer Island has 1.7 miles of protected shoreline which supports nesting habitat for the threatened Reddish Egret and 16 other bird species. Rookeries dot the Texas Gulf coast. Among the best in Texas is 144-acre North Deer Island shared by nesting...

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9:00 am
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The tip of the Bolivar Peninsula offers a wide variety of photographic opportunities. This trip will begin with a ferry ride across the Houston Ship Channel providing an opportunity to photograph birds around the ferry landing. From there we will travel 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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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Learn to clean your sensor safely and efficiently from an expert with over 15 years’ experience. Cleaning your sensor only takes minutes, just a fraction of the time you spend removing sensor dust in processing. This training demystifies sensor cleaning with simple steps for safely and effectively cleaning any DSLR or mirrorless sensor. You'll be...

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10:45 am
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 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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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 10:45 am - 4:00 pm

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 1:00...

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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 10:45 am - 4:00 pm

This workshop and field trip is for beginning birders learning the fundamentals and those wanting to brush up on their birding skills. You will spend the first hour and 15 minutes in a workshop learning how to get started and improve birding skills, techniques, and confidence. Topics include: birding practices, optics selection and use, field...

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12:30 pm
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 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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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 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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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Most photographers have barely tapped into all that Lightroom can do to help them organize, develop, share, output, sell and even protect their mages easily and efficiently. Features like stars, labels, and metadata combined with Lightroom Collections help organize your images in powerful and unexpected ways. Lightroom presets and plugins can be used together to...

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1:00 pm
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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

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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Don’t miss this special tour of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s sea turtle facility. 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 amount of time these turtles are under NOAA's care, the primary...

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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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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2:00 pm
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 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
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 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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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Upper Texas Coast (UTC) birders begin their birding life chasing showy warblers; THE group of birds most responsible for turning casual nature lovers into birders. Annually, UTC birders find about three dozen or so warbler species each Spring; sometimes 25+ in a day. Though warblers can be accessible in numbers, they’re restless subjects that are...

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3:00 pm
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Drive your own car to Galveston Island State Park for a delightful, natural experience. Chris 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
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 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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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:15 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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4:00 pm
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join David Paulissen 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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4:30 pm
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 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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5:00 pm
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Sean Fitzgerald on the 26th 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 is not...

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6:30 pm
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Lost Bird Project &Conversationwith Todd McGrain & Victor Emanuel More Info About This Free Event Coming Soon! About the Film Gone and nearly forgotten in extinction, the Labrador Duck, the Great Auk, the Heath Hen, the Carolina Parakeet, and the Passenger Pigeon leave holes not just in the North American landscape but in our...

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7:00 pm
Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 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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Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join Kathy Adams Clark for an evening and night of photographing in the marshes of Galveston Island State Park.  The evening begins with instruction about how to photograph in low light.  As the light changes from sunset to twilight, this workshop includes more individual photo opportunities.  As the night progresses, there will be opportunities create...

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