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April 2020
April 16 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am

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…

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April 16 @ 12:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Birders will find this workshop and field trip the perfect introduction to coastal birding. You will spend the first hour in a workshop learning about the diversity of species, as well as various techniques to identify birds on the Upper Texas Coast. After a quick 15 minute break, we will board our bus and head out to one of the hotspots on the Upper Texas Coast to view these incredible birds. The trip is designed to give each participant the opportunity to practice the techniques learned in the workshop, in order to develop confidence in the field.

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April 16 @ 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Dust off and brush up your warbler eye! Learn key concepts and techniques to improve your power of observation and sharpen your identification skills. We present slides of warblers that migrate through our area and explain ways of identifying these colorful birds. After a one-hour primer, we take a bus to Laffite’s cove. We’ve timed this trip to coincide with the afternoon arrival of migrating birds. Laffite’s cove is one of the best places on the island to see excellent…

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April 16 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join Kevin for a short introduction to the commonly found birds in coastal areas around Galveston in spring. This is not a detailed ID workshop, but just a sampler of the birds that you might see during FeatherFest, and includes shorebirds, terns, gulls, raptors and herons/egrets. Some photos show several species together, which approximates real life viewing conditions, and others show similar species in digitized photo arrays to help you understand how they differ. Come and get a jump on…

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April 16 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Have trouble telling the difference between Long and Short billed dowitchers, Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, Glossy and White-Faced Ibis? This workshop will help you find solutions to bird identity questions we commonly experience. The Texas Coast is the one of the most productive places to bird in spring in the United States. Sure, no one can mess up the ID of a Roseate Spoonbill or a Painted Bunting. But what about some of the lookalike vultures, grackles, cormorants, wading birds…

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April 16 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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 birding expert Greg Miller (of “The Big Year” fame) for this informative lecture.

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April 17 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Developing Your “Birder’s Ear” 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…

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April 17 @ 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 on Galveston Island Field Trip also on Friday.

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April 17 @ 10:45 am - 4:00 pm

This workshop and field trip is for beginning birders learning the fundamentals and those wanting to brush up on their birding skills. You will spend the first hour and 15 minutes in a workshop learning how to get started and improve birding skills, techniques, and confidence. Topics include: birding practices, optics selection and use, field guides, bird identification considerations and techniques, field notebooks, birding etiquette and ethics, and common birds of Galveston Island. Emphasis will be placed on the field…

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April 17 @ 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Upper Texas Coast (UTC) birders begin their birding life chasing showy warblers; THE group of birds most responsible for turning casual nature lovers into birders. Annually, UTC birders find about three dozen or so warbler species each Spring; sometimes 25+ in a day. Though warblers can be accessible in numbers, they’re restless subjects that are hard to keep in a binocular view. Though colorfully plumed, it is daunting to tease them apart. It’s the finding and teasing apart of the…

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April 17 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This workshop was so popular last year that we've asked David Sarkozi to do it again for FeatherFest 2020! The modern smart phone can be your most valuable birding tool next to your binoculars. With the help of any number of birding apps, your smart phone will help you identify birds, learn bird facts and record your sightings. Birding apps can make you a better birder by expanding your birding knowledge, making birding more fun, and your birding hours more…

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April 18 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Many birders are clamoring to learn about other things they see when birding, and prominent among these are dragonflies and damselflies, which together comprise the insect order Odonata. These raptors of the insect world are important in both terrestrial and aquatic food webs, and food for a number of bird species. The adults' beautiful colors and easily observable habits have spawned an increasing interest among birders and other naturalists. In this workshop you'll hear about how dragonflies and damselflies make…

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April 18 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

It’s only natural that birders should be interested in butterflies, given how important these insects are to birds. Members of the insect order Lepidoptera, butterflies and moths are a key food source for birds; caterpillars are a major component of bird diets. If you garden to attract butterflies and other insects, you’re sure to attract birds as well! Butterflies and moths are plant pollinators, including many plant species the seeds or fruits of which birds eat. And butterflies are beautiful,…

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April 18 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Gull ID has always been troublesome for birders, largely due to the variety of plumages that they show at different ages. Kevin Karlson and Pete Dunne’s book “Gulls Simplified” will change that. Kevin shares tips on gull ID starting with basic features of size, body shape, structure and general plumage patterns to form a solid ID foundation. Simplified aging terms and plumage descriptions are then shared without confusing ornithological terms, and comparative photos showing similar species together help you to…

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April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Birds are a fascinating and joyful entryway to exploring nature within greater Houston and to recognizing the importance of urban habitat conservation. Galveston’s location along the Central Flyway is an opportunity to re-envision our backyards, parks, and public spaces with an understanding of the specific needs of resident and migrating birds. Through the Bird-Friendly Communities program, Houston Audubon leads efforts to preserve urban wild spaces and to encourage all Houstonians to experience the satisfaction that comes from making room for…

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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 becoming a better birder will be shared. After the workshop and a quick 15 minute break, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to put what you’ve…

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