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5:30 am
April 22 @ 5:30 am - 11:30 am

During  this field trip we will visit some areas not normally publicly accessible.  Virginia Point is a historic peninsula location across Galveston Bay comprising the wonderful 3,000 acres of mainland bay margin which SCENIC GALVESTON, Inc. (SG) has acquired for permanent conservation protection.  Visitors coming into or out of Galveston on I-45 (the O’Quinn Estuary Corridor) see the results of this non-profit’s work on both flanks, and those areas are open to the public.

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5:45 am
April 22 @ 5:45 am - 1:30 pm

Our trip begins with a bus ride to the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory to watch migrant songbirds being caught in mist nets and banded by professional bird banders. This project establishes baseline data for the GCBO property on both resident and migratory bird populations. Banding allows the observatory to obtain information about the physical condition of migrants at this intermediate location between the coast and the bottomland forests lying well inland. Both coastal woodlots and inland bottomland forests are known to be extremely important stopover habitats for nearctic-neotropical migrants that move through the Gulf of Mexico region. Birds that are captured for banding can provide valuable information about their relative physical condition. What a unique opportunity….and that is just the start of this exciting field trip!

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6:00 am
April 22 @ 6:00 am - 10:00 am

Join Hector Astorga 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 ample opportunities to do just that! The number of birds, Brown Pelicans in particular, is amazing, providing many photo opportunities as the birds come and go from the islands. In Galveston Bay, there are man-made islands where large numbers of breeding birds nest. This special trip, arranged by FeatherFest, allows us to approach these islands while following a special protocol to minimize impact on the colonial birds.

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April 22 @ 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join FeatherFest favorite Kevin Karlson on a trip to one of the finest migratory locations in North America – the western end of the Bolivar Peninsula. Here are the Houston Audubon Horseshoe Marsh and Bolivar Flats bird sanctuaries. This combination of salt marsh, mud flats and beachfront hold the highest rated designation in the birding...

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April 22 @ 6:00 am - 9:30 am

Photographing shorebirds is fun and challenging as they are almost always in motion. Your leader Tim Timmis has mastered this! 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...

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6:30 am
April 22 @ 6:30 am - 10:30 am

Driving directions to the meeting site will be emailed prior to the festival. Learn how to capture the decisive moment at a local spot that has many birds, with an emphasis on birds in flight, sparring and other behavior. Sean will discuss how knowledge, observation, equipment and technique combine to help nature photographers capture decisive...

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April 22 @ 6:30 am - 9:30 am

NEW for 2022! Join Chris Rankin at the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge near Anahuac, Texas, to explore Wildlife Photography from A Car. Chris will introduce you to photographing wildlife from a car/truck while exploring the beauty and diversity of the Anahuac National Wildlife Reserve. Established in 1963, Anahuac NWR’s primary focus is to protect and manage the coastal marsh for migrating, wintering and breeding waterfowl.

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April 22 @ 6:30 am - 3:00 pm

Greg is so much fun to bird with that we decided to add a trip where he will concentrate on just Galveston Island! We’ll let Greg decide where he wants to go depending on what he’s scouted out before the festival. He’ll check out Corps Woods, Lafitte’s Cove, the East End Flats, Sportsman Road, and...

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April 22 @ 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...

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7:00 am
April 22 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

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 in the natural beauty of our wetlands and beaches.

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7:30 am
April 22 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am

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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April 22 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am

NEW for 2022! iNaturalist is a social network of thousands of individuals that share an interest in all things related to nature and the outdoors. This powerful community is accessed via an application from your phone or via a computer and the internet. If you are just beginning, iNaturalist can provide an invaluable tool for you to learn about and share with others your love of nature. If your interest is birds, butterflies, plants, dragonflies, beetles, frogs, snakes, mammals or any other nature related subjects this network, consisting of many qualified individuals, is there to help.

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8:00 am
April 22 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

The estuaries of Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge are an important nursery for the fish and shellfish species found in the Gulf of Mexico. Beyond the estuaries, the saltwater marshes ease inland. Fresh water from an occasional storm and the inflow from rivers and creeks helps to keep saltwater out of the freshwater marshes, as well...

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April 22 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Ever chase a bird song in the canopy of tall oaks then chase it until the bird stops singing? Ever sit in your backyard and hear a strange bird song in the distance? In both cases you had no chance to see the bird. In both cases you wondered what it was. All birds vocalize and for songbirds’ song is necessary for species survival. A unique biology found only in birds lies behind bird song and communication. The genetics that drive bird vocalizations are not very different than humans.

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9:30 am
April 22 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

The tip of the Bolivar Peninsula offers a wide variety of photographic opportunities. This trip, led by Kathy Adams Clark, 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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10:45 am
April 22 @ 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, Gulls...

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12:30 pm
April 22 @ 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 will include discussions on how to use a ground pod along with other equipment. You may not want to shoot from a standing position again!

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April 22 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Participants will travel in their own vehicles to Galveston Island West End shorebird hot spots to bird the freshwater ponds, coastal marshes, and bay waters. We begin the field trip with herons and egrets, migrating shorebirds and waterfowl in the wetland areas so numerous in this section of the island. We may encounter Clapper Rail, Black-necked Stilt, Common Loon, diving ducks and “peeps.” There is also excellent viewing of American Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Ruddy Turnstone, dowitchers, gulls and terns that gather on the private piers on Sportsman Road.

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1:00 pm
April 22 @ 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 father and son team, Allen and Michael Hardee, 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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1:30 pm
April 22 @ 1:30 pm - 2:15 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 on the patio outside of the Moody Gardens Hotel restaurant. Audience members of all ages will be enthralled as raptors demonstrate their hunting styles in exciting free-flight presentations. Everyone is...

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April 22 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

NEW for 2022! We do not take photographs, we create them! Join us for a program on composition and compositional guidelines. Hector will share what he looks for when he creates his images. He will discuss and show examples on how to combine guidelines and elements to create amazing photographs. This program will demonstrate how to start looking for compositions in the field and how to perfect them.

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2:00 pm
April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Let’s take your bird photographs and change them into works of art in post processing. Learn how adding a texture or writing can change the look of a bird photograph.  You'll also learn techniques to soften, alter, and remove backgrounds. See images that have the colors changed or modified. This is a great opportunity to learn what is possible from the simple to complex.

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April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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...

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3:00 pm
April 22 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Back by popular demand, for this trip, 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 to yield excellent views of migrating warblers as they move through our area on their way to nesting habitat. As a bonus, Glenn is also a Texas Master Naturalist and has served as the president of the Native Plant Society of Texas. His knowledge in these areas should greatly enhance your trip experience. Our group will focus on techniques for improving field identification skills. We will be traveling by bus and places visited will depend on weather patterns and reports from the previous day’s birding activities.

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April 22 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

NEW for 2022! This trip takes you to a private property owned by the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) and not generally open to the public. GBF has conserved over 13,000 acres of critical coastal habitat in and around Galveston Bay. For decades, groundwater pumping in the region caused massive subsidence and contributed to the loss of wetlands. That coastal erosion meant wetlands around the bay sank into the water. Like many parts of Galveston Island, Sweetwater Preserve has sustained severe erosion. A 1,000-foot oyster reef project is part of larger restoration efforts in which the foundation has planted marsh along the shoreline. The reef protects the marsh from more degradation and protects the 464-acre property. This property includes a mixture of habitats including coastal prairie, estuarine marsh, salt flats, freshwater wetlands, brackish wetlands, and coastal woodlots.

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3:30 pm
April 22 @ 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 birder’s point-of-view. Camera features and options will be discussed along with composition, color harmony, and story telling. Bring your camera and lens. Learn where the features are on your camera as Kathy presents them.

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4:00 pm
April 22 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Participants will be able to practice photographing birds in flight at the famous Houston Audubon Sanctuary Smith Oaks. Sean will demonstrate how to use the equipment and when to select slow or fast shutter speeds to capture outstanding images of flying birds. He will also share his perspectives on what makes awe inspiring flying bird...

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April 22 @ 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 ample opportunities to do just that! The number of birds, Brown Pelicans in particular, is amazing, providing many photo opportunities as the birds come and go from the islands. In Galveston Bay, there are man-made islands where large numbers of breeding birds nest. This special trip, arranged by FeatherFest, allows us to approach these islands while following a special protocol to minimize impact on the colonial birds. There are no restrooms on the boat and we will not land on any islands.

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4:30 pm
April 22 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Here’s an ever-popular photography field trip that’s become part of our FeatherFest tradition! Join Sky King Falconry and Hector Astorga to photograph various captive raptors and other trained birds in natural settings and perches out on a private West End property. This is a great opportunity to see and photograph these birds. Kevin from Sky Kings Falconry will pose raptors in natural settings and possibly fly the birds while discussing the behavior of the birds.

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April 22 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

NEW for 2022! What if you could use the millions of checklists in eBird to pick the best places to go at the best times of the year? Well now you can. Find out the best counties to visit and the best weeks of the year to maximize the number of species you can see within a limited timeframe of 20 days (or less) of vacation. Join our expert Greg Miller for this informative lecture. Greg has birded all 50 states and much of Canada. In 1998, Greg zig-zagged 130,000 miles across the USA hoping to reach at least 700 species of birds in one calendar year. You may have seen the movie version of this adventure…The Big Year.

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6:30 pm
April 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Wings Over Water takes you on a journey of migration as it follows three amazing bird species- the Sandhill Crane, Yellow Warbler and the  Mallard Duck.

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7:00 pm
April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Pleasure Pier is one of Galveston’s top attractions. A giant Ferris wheel and roller coaster dominate the pier that extends into the Gulf of Mexico. From nearby jetties, participants will photograph the setting sun and twilight sky. From under the rides, we’ll photograph lights in motion and stretch our creativity. We will not be...

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