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Events for Sunday, April 19, 2020

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6:00 am
April 19 @ 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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7:30 am
April 19 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am

Back by popular demand, we offer this select trip to a dozen lucky people. You will be guided by one of our most experienced birders and all-around nature lover, Glenn Olsen. Glenn leads nature tours in the US and overseas but he calls the upper Texas coast home. His extensive knowledge of local birding areas is sure...

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April 19 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Come along and learn about the fine points of identifying gulls and shorebirds with the man who wrote the books about these birds, Kevin Karlson. Gulls Simplified (2018) and the Shorebird Guide (2006) are two of Kevin’s books that share a different style of ID for these birds that puts emphasis on physical features and...

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7:45 am
April 19 @ 7:45 am - 12:45 pm

Galveston is a Gulf coastal island renowned for its many habitats. On the Gulf beaches, you’ll scan out on the swells and incoming surf for rafts of waterfowl and seabirds. Walking along the beach the edge of the surf is active with the antics of the island’s year-round and migrating peeps, Reddish and Great blue herons and shorebirds foraging on “what the tide brung-in.” Away from the water among the dunes of San Luis Pass, East Beach and GISP Savannah and Horned lark flit about. Beyond the dunes are briny ponds holding roosting seabirds, Nelson’s and Seaside sparrow, rails, coots and water birds. In the Bay and tidal marshes migrating and nesting herons, egrets and cormorant in their breeding best, forage. The avian fauna is always in flux with the advance and retreat of the tide moving the food chain in and out. Among the tidally influenced habits and the open coastal prairies and oak mottes migrating songbirds need to refuel and find fresh water.

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8:00 am
April 19 @ 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 of birds: waders like herons, egrets, Roseate Spoonbill and shorebirds; waterfowl and overhead raptors like Osprey; White-tailed Kite and Northern Harrier. If you have time after the event, visit the Nature Learning Center (open Saturday & Sunday) as well as the two birding observation towers.

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April 19 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Close out your FeatherFest experience with a morning trip to Galveston’s magic West End, visiting Jim’s favorite spots. Every day a new batch of birds arrives and Jim knows where to find them! What an excellent way to top off your FeatherFest birding adventure.      

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April 19 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Birds and Bikes compatible? You bet! Join us for a new way to bird. Enjoy zipping along on a quiet and easy electric bike that allows you to get up close and personal with the resident and migratory birds species seen at this time of year. This nearly effortless ride allows you to immerse yourself...

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April 19 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Situated between the Brazos and San Bernard Rivers is one of Texas’ most biologically diverse regions, the Columbia Bottomlands. The Nature Conservancy safeguards a slice of this “globally imperiled” habitat for wildlife and nature lovers alike. Urbanization and development continue to threaten this region and jeopardize the millions of migratory songbirds that use the Columbia...

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9:00 am
April 19 @ 9:00 am - 11:45 am

More birding for kiddos and their grown-ups! On this field trip, participants will learn how to identify more species and learn the basics of doing a bird survey such as Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count or one of the several monthly bird counts in the Galveston/Houston Area.

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9:30 am
April 19 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Participants new to coastal birding and novice birders will find this workshop and field trip the perfect opportunity to learn about songbirds. The workshop will focus on identification of wintering and early migrating songbirds seen on the Upper Texas Coast. Slides of common songbirds found this time of year will be presented and tips on...

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12:00 pm
April 19 @ 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 Island 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...

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