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Galveston Birding with Kevin Karlson

April 18 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Join Kevin Karlson, one of North America’s leading ornithologists, for a birding tour of Galveston Island. Kevin is an accomplished birder, professional tour leader and wildlife photographer who has published numerous articles on bird identification and natural history for an assortment of magazines, journals, calendars and CD/DVDs. A former photo editor for North American Birds, he currently writes the Birder’s ID column for Wild Bird Magazine. As the sole ornithologist for Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s DVD Birds of North America, Kevin prepared photos and wrote captions for over 2600 bird images, including over 800 of his own. He also wrote the shorebird section for a Field Guide of North American Birds by DK Publishing in Great Britain (2008).

Get ready to see the full avian diversity Galveston Island has to offer with one of the premier birding experts in the country! This trip promises to be a fun-filled way to begin the festival, with destinations possible anywhere along the full length of the island. Kevin will decide the itinerary on the fly, based on his scouting expeditions in the days prior. You’ll have the opportunity to check out some of Galveston’s best birding hotspots, with exact locations determined by where the most desirable birds are being seen. Potential sites include Corps Woods, East End Lagoon and Flats, Lafitte’s Cove Nature Preserve, Sportsman and Settegast Roads, Dos Vacas Muertes Bird Sanctuary, and San Luis Pass.

A variety of barrier island habitats will be covered on this trip, including sandy beach, mudflat, lagoon, estuarial saltmarsh, coastal prairie, oak motte, scrub, and freshwater ponds. These wide-ranging habitats are attractive to an extensive array of species, and you never know what will show up during spring migration – the sky is the limit!

Bring: water, lunch, sunscreen, bug spray

Photo: Stan Bravenec


Date: April 18
Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cost: $100
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Leader Name: Kevin Karlson
Leader Name: Greg Whittaker


Skill Level All
Activity Level Moderate
Transportation Bus from FeatherFest HQ