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What activities should I register for if…

There are lots to choose from! Look for event descriptions with a Beginner Skill Level or All. Favorites include Coastal Birding Workshop and Field Trip, Identifying Shorebirds Workshop, Raptors Uncorked!, Turtle Research Station Tour, Digiscoping & Optics Tips Workshop, Dragonfly Study Workshop, Butterfly Study Workshop, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Bird – GISP, and A Kaleidoscope of Spring Migrants–Early Migrant Songbirds Workshop and Field Trip.

Look for event descriptions with a Beginner Skill Level or All. Favorites include, Flight & Action Photography Workshop, Focus on Bolivar Photography Field Trip, Nature Photography from a Kayak Field Trip, and Shorebird Photography Workshop.

The activity level is listed for each field trip.  You may also do a filter search in the Events by Day section of this website for the activities that are listed as “Easy”.  Favorites include North Deer Island Rookery by Boat, Evening Social Events, Raptor Shows, and most of the birding and photography workshops.

For children ages 6 and up, check out FledglingFest – activities specifically for children and their grown-ups!

As birders understand, some trips can be long, tiring and test their stamina. Many outings require birders to proceed stealthily and be able to listen to quiet whisperings of the leader. For these reasons, we do NOT allow babies or toddlers on any of our trips or in our workshops including FledglingFest Birding Secrets and the FledglingFest field trips. Children of all ages, however, are more than welcome to attend our free raptor shows.

To see which field trips or workshops a specific leader is leading or co-leading, just click on that leader’s name in the Our Leaders list that appears in the right column of each activity list.

How much does it cost…

The fee for each activity is listed in it’s description. All activities are priced separately.

Yes, a $25 registration fee is automatically applied to each registration to help us cover overhead expenses. GINTC Members pay a $22 registration fee. There is no registration fee if you only attend Social Evening Events. There is also no registration fee for the FledglingFest events.

So glad you asked! The Raptor Shows, Hawkers’ Hall and Avian Alley Vendor Areas, The Big Year with Greg Miller event, and the Digiscoping Workshop.

Yes, Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council, (GINTC) members receive 10% off most festival fees. The Council supports nature tourism and education, promotes the value of area natural habitat and organizes FeatherFest. Membership fees are $35 for individual membership and $70 for family membership. We invite you to join GINTC by clicking on the GINTC Member / New Member button when registering.

Evening Social Events

Friday:  The Big Year with Greg Miller

Saturday:  Raptors Uncorked!

Saturday:  Cocktails & Conversation with Kevin Karlson and Greg Miller

Questions about field trips and workshops

The start and end times for all activities are noted with each description. All workshops are presented at FeatherFest HQ and please note that some are scheduled back to back.  We do not recommend scheduling events directly after a field trip that includes a ferry ride since the ferry schedule is not always predictable.

Except for the “Meet at Site” and “provide your own transportation” activities, the listed times relate to departure from and arrival back to FeatherFest HQ. Bus field trips leaving from FeatherFest HQ will leave promptly from the West end of the building. Driving your own vehicle is prohibited except on trips designated as a “meet at site” or “provide your own transportation” trip.

We suggest that you bring water, snacks and lunch since these items are not provided on the buses. You can order a box lunch for your FeatherFest field trip from our food truck vendor, Jenny from the Block. Box lunches must be pre-ordered no later than Monday, April 3, 5pm. Click here for a box lunch form.

In order to reduce the amount of plastic used at the festival, we will no longer have bottled water for sale. Please bring your own bottle which you can refill any time at The Drip for free!

Sure!  But ALL attendees must be registered.  Only registered guests can attend field trips and workshops – no exceptions.

About registration and cancelations:

Sunday, April 2, at 6:00pm.

If you previously registered for a 2015-2016 GINTC event, you may login using the same email and password.  If this is your first registration with GINTC, you will begin the registration process by clicking on the Register Now! button on our registration site.

We recommend using your laptop or desktop computer to complete your online registration.  We are working on making our online registration fully mobile friendly, but that process is not yet complete.

  • FeatherFest Registrant – Select if you are NOT a member of GINTC and plan to attend Field Trips, Workshops, and Evening Social Events
  • GINTC Member/New Member – Select if you are currently a member of GINTC OR if you would like to join GINTC and plan to attend Field Trips, Workshops, and Evening Social Events
  • Evening Social Events Only – Select if you plan to ONLY attend Social Events
  • FledgingFest Events Only– Select if you plan to attend FledglingFest Events

During registration you will need to key in your profile information and make your activity selections.  Please note:  ”Group Name”, “Company Name”, and “Street Address 2” are not required fields.

  • If you are registering ONLY yourself you should select “Individual” during the registration process.
  • If you are registering yourself along with another person/persons you will need to select “Group” to register.  Then you will need to decide if you and your group are all going to register for the same activities, or if you’ll be attending different activities.
  • Please note:  If you select the same activities, each person in your group will be assigned to every activity you select.  For example:  If you would like to become a Member and are joining GINTC during this registration process everyone in your group will become a Member.  If you would like to become a member, but don’t plan for the rest of your group to become members you should select the “My registrants will not all be registered for the same activities” box – or register everyone as an individual instead of as a group.
  • As the group leader, you will enter your profile information along with the information of each participant in your group as you “Add Registrants”.  Make your event selections.  If you are registering your group for different activities be sure to select the name of each member, one by one, from the list on the left side of your screen and continue until you have made selections for each member on the list.
  • We recommend that people using the Group option provide email addresses for all of the people in your group.  Our registration team sends valuable information to registrants by email for our events.  If a group member does not have an email address, simply check the “No Email” box when registering that person.

Your registration category options are email specific. You can only register as one type of category per email address. For example: If you are registered as a FeatherFest Registrant for Field Trips and Workshops – and you want to register yourself and your son/daughter to attend any of the FledglingFest events you will need to have an email address for the FeatherFest Registrant AND a separate email address for the FledglingFest events.

The online system operates in “real time”, and spots are reserved for you as soon as you complete your registration. The online registration system will not hold your itinerary without payment.

You can add another event by logging back into your account and completing the registration process again. In the event you choose to modify your itinerary once payment is submitted, our Registration Team will be happy to assist you. Please call us at 832-459-5533 OR send an email to FeatherFest@gintc.org with a detailed message and we will reply to your request within 24 hours.

Yes! We encourage you to register as soon as possible to secure a spot in your favorite trips or workshops. Many popular events fill quickly, so act soon. In the event that an opportunity is filled, you may contact the Registration Team by telephone at 832-459-5533 OR email FeatherFest@gintc.org to be placed on a waiting list.

Payment may be made by Visa, MasterCard, or Discover

We hope you don’t have to cancel your registration, but if you do, FeatherFest will refund 100% of the registration costs less the registration fee through March 16th and 50% of the total less registration fee through March 23rd. Unfortunately, NO REFUNDS will be issued beginning March 24th, however we hope you will contact us if you are unable to attend. Cancellations may be made by telephone at 832-459-5533 or email featherfest@gintc.org.

Galveston FeatherFest organizers reserve the right to cancel events for any reason or to substitute qualified presenters or trip leaders when necessary. If Festival organizers must cancel an event, a full refund will be issued, unless otherwise noted. Every effort will be made to place participants in an alternate event, in which case refunds will not be given. If an alternate event is not available, a full refund will be given upon request prior to the end of the festival, at the Registration desk. Water-based field trips are more affected by weather conditions than others. If a trip has been cancelled by the Festival organizers due to weather safety concerns we will have that information on our FeatherFest voice mail at 832-459-5533. RAIN alone is not a reason for cancelling a trip.

Once I’m in Galveston …

Plenty of free parking is available in the parking lot of the Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway. If you participate in an event which requires you to drive your own car, parking suggestions are included in the description of the event.

The directions to FeatherFest Headquarters are quite easy. We have had issues with the google mapping so it’s best to just follow these simple directions: When coming on to the Island on I-45, once you cross the causeway I-45 becomes Broadway. FeatherFest Headquarters is conveniently located at 4700 Broadway on the left (north) side of the street. We are in the Island Community Center. Click here for a picture of the building.

Method of transportation is noted at the end of each field trip description on our FeatherFest website. MOST FIELD TRIPS ARE BY BUS AND YOU ARE REQUIRED TO RIDE THE BUS. REGISTRANTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO FOLLOW BEHIND THE BUS. If you registered for a “Meet at Site” or “Provide your own Transportation” trip, it will be noted on your itinerary. Driving directions will be emailed prior to FeatherFest and available at the Registration Desk.

Field trips by bus will leave promptly from the FeatherFest Headquarters. We encourage you to stay in or near Galveston to avoid missing your departure time. Driving your own vehicle is prohibited except where designated as “provide your own transportation” trip.

Birding trip buses and Photography trip buses will depart from the west parking lot of the Island Community Center at 4700 Broadway. Please assemble 15 minutes ahead of the listed departure time. Trips WILL leave on time, and there will be no refunds for missed departures. Except for “Meet at Site” and “Provide your own Transportation” trips, the listed times relate to departure from and arrival back at the Island Community Center.

The directions to FeatherFest Headquarters are quite easy. We have had issues with the Google mapping so it’s best to just follow these simple directions: When coming on to the Island on I-45, once you cross the causeway I-45 becomes Broadway. FeatherFest Headquarters is conveniently located at 4700 Broadway on the left (north) side of the street. We are in the Island Community Center. Click here for a picture of the building.

Yes, for regular festival activities scheduled between April 6-9, you must check in and pick up your name tag and itinerary at the Registration Desk to be admitted to any FeatherFest activities. Festival headquarters, the Registration Desk, all workshops are located at the Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway. Click here for a map to FeatherFest Headquarters.

For pre-festival activities, you will be emailed instructions as to where to meet for your field trip. Your trip leader or liaison will check you in at the pre-festival trip location and then when you get to Galveston for the festival, you will check in at the Registration Station at FeatherFest Headquarters to pick up your welcome tote.

The directions to FeatherFest Headquarters are quite easy. We have had issues with the Google mapping so it’s best to just follow these simple directions: When coming on to the Island on I-45, once you cross the causeway I-45 becomes Broadway. FeatherFest Headquarters is conveniently located at 4700 Broadway on the left (north) side of the street. We are in the Island Community Center. Click here for a picture of the building.

Festival Headquarters is located in the Island Community Center at 4700 Broadway, Galveston, TX 77551. Click here for a map to FeatherFest Headquarters.

The directions to FeatherFest Headquarters are quite easy. We have had issues with the Google mapping so it’s best to just follow these simple directions: When coming on to the Island on I-45, once you cross the causeway I-45 becomes Broadway. FeatherFest Headquarters is conveniently located at 4700 Broadway on the left (north) side of the street. We are in the Island Community Center. Click here for a picture of the building.

Onsite Registration is at the Registration Desk in Festival Headquarters, Island Community Center at 4700 Broadway, Galveston TX, 77551.

Registration Hours: Wednesday 4pm – 6pm Thursday 5:30am – 6:00pm Friday 5:00am – 7:00pm Saturday 5:00am – 5:00pm Sunday 5:45am – 9:00am Click here for a map to the Island Community Center.

The directions to FeatherFest Headquarters are quite easy. We have had issues with the Google mapping so it’s best to just follow these simple directions: When coming on to the Island on I-45, once you cross the causeway I-45 becomes Broadway. FeatherFest Headquarters is conveniently located at 4700 Broadway on the left (north) side of the street. We are in the Island Community Center. Click here for a picture of the building.

Yes! Registration will be open in Festival headquarters on Wednesday from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. The Island Community Center is located at 4700 Broadway, Galveston, TX, 77551. Click here for a map to the Island Community Center.

The directions to FeatherFest Headquarters are quite easy. We have had issues with the Google mapping so it’s best to just follow these simple directions: When coming on to the Island on I-45, once you cross the causeway I-45 becomes Broadway. FeatherFest Headquarters is conveniently located at 4700 Broadway on the left (north) side of the street. We are in the Island Community Center. Click here for a picture of the building.

All birding workshops will be at FeatherFest Headquarters: Island Community Center at 4700 Broadway, Galveston, TX, 77551

The directions to FeatherFest Headquarters are quite easy. We have had issues with the Google mapping so it’s best to just follow these simple directions: When coming on to the Island on I-45, once you cross the causeway I-45 becomes Broadway. FeatherFest Headquarters is conveniently located at 4700 Broadway on the left (north) side of the street. We are in the Island Community Center. Click here for a picture of the building.

All photography workshops will be at FeatherFest Headquarters: Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway, Galveston, TX 77551

The directions to FeatherFest Headquarters are quite easy. We have had issues with the google mapping so it’s best to just follow these simple directions: When coming on to the Island on I-45, once you cross the causeway I-45 becomes Broadway. FeatherFest Headquarters is conveniently located at 4700 Broadway on the left (north) side of the street. We are in the Island Community Center. Click here for a picture of the building.

  • Friday 4:00pm
  • Saturday 12:00pm
  • Sunday 12:00pm

Raptors Revealed show schedule is tentative and subject to change. These free raptor shows are at FeatherFest Headquarters which is located at the Island Community Center at 4700 Broadway.

The directions to FeatherFest Headquarters are quite easy. We have had issues with the Google mapping so it’s best to just follow these simple directions: When coming on to the Island on I-45, once you cross the causeway I-45 becomes Broadway. FeatherFest Headquarters is conveniently located at 4700 Broadway on the left (north) side of the street. We are in the Island Community Center. Click here for a picture of the building.

Jenny from the Block Food Truck will be in front of FeatherFest Headquarters Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Breakfast will be served on Thursday from 6 – 10am, on Friday and Saturday from 5-10am, and on Sunday from 6am – noon. Lunch will be served on Thursday – Saturday from 11am – 3pm and on Sunday from 9am – noon.

Box lunches for field trips MUST be pre-ordered by Monday, April 3, 5pm. Click here for the box lunch order form.

On-Site Registration Hours During FeatherFest:

IMPORTANT !
FeatherFest Headquarter is located in the Island Community Center at 4700 Broadway.

  • Wednesday, April 5, 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Thursday, April 6, 5:30am-6:00pm
  • Friday, April 7, 5:00am-7:00pm
  • Saturday, April 8, 5:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday, April 9, 5:45am-9:00am
 Photo: Hector Astorga

Photo: Hector Astorga