Birders will find this workshop/field trip combo the perfect introduction to coastal birding. During the workshop, your guides will give a brief discussion about the diversity of species, as well as various techniques to identify birds on the Upper Texas Coast. We will then board our bus and proceed to the East End Lagoon Nature Preserve beach area where you’ll see Black Skimmer, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, and many species of shorebirds, gulls, terns, sandpipers, plovers, and more. Stops along the way will highlight birds preferring marsh habitat.
The City of Galveston owns 686 acres of land at the eastern tip of the island which is being transformed into a world-class natural recreational area and nature preserve with an interpretive center. All the habitats associated with a barrier island – beach, uplands, freshwater ponds, brackish lagoons, and wetlands – are present.
Time permitting, the trip may move on to Corps Woods. This is a heavily wooded area, located adjacent to a large spoils area and the Galveston Ship Channel, which serves as a local migrant songbird trap.
Bring water, snacks, and insect repellant, and be sure to wear appropriate footwear (i.e., tennis shoes or hiking boots).