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6:30 am
April 16 @ 6:30 am - 11:30 am

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.”

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

Join Greg Miller at what is called “one of the finest migratory locations in North America” – the southern end of the Bolivar Peninsula. Shorebirds, terns, herons, egrets and other water birds will give participants an unforgettable field experience. Targets: Expect to see at least 80 – 100 species! For example, 5 species of plovers,...

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7:00 am
April 16 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

The group will travel by bus to the Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve. This preserve is 2,303 acres of coastal prairie at the intersection of urban expanse and rural beauty. The coastal grasslands found here are vital to the natural resilience of the Gulf Coast—prairies and marshlands act as a natural buffer during storms...

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7:30 am
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...

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8:00 am
April 16 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Here's an ever-popular photography field trip that's become part of our FeatherFest tradition! Join Sky King Falconry and Kathy Adams Clark to photograph various captive raptors and other trained birds in natural settings and perches. This is a great opportunity to see and photograph these birds. Kevin from Sky Kings Falconry will pose raptors in...

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April 16 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

We're happy to welcome back Kevin Karlson for FeatherFest 2020! You'll enjoy this trip that could go anywhere on the Island based on where the birds are! Kevin will decide the destinations 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 sites...

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11:00 am
April 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The typical rule in photography is that you need to get “tack sharp” photos.  This workshop will help you learn how to break that rule and work outside the box with “blurred” bird photos. Pleasing blurs can add artistic flair to your photos from minor blur to a birds wings to add a sense of...

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11:30 am
April 16 @ 11:30 am - 8:30 pm

Boy Scout Woods, Smith Oaks, The Rookery, and more! This festival favorite trip is being offered at a time to coincide with the afternoon arrival of migrating birds. 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...

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12:30 pm
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 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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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12:45 pm
April 16 @ 12:45 pm - 5:00 pm

This is your opportunity to explore “the other side” of Galveston Bay. We head over the causeway bridge to explore birding areas on the Mainland side of Galveston Bay in the Tiki Island, Texas City, and La Marque areas. One of our best kept secrets and most under explored areas, participants will be surprised at...

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1:00 pm
April 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Kathy will teach participants techniques for working with the ball head, Wimberley head, and hand holding for action and flight work. She will explain how to select a tripod that is right for action work, and why it is important to select the proper ISO, shutter speed, and focus points to capture the perfect image....

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April 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Meet Sean Fitzgerald at the north end of the Strand to begin a walk to streets with interesting details and abstract possibilities as well as street life full of decisive moments for you to capture. Sean will explain his thoughts on street macro photography and how to look for and shoot tiny urban details and...

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2:30 pm
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...

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3:15 pm
April 16 @ 3:15 pm - 9:30 pm

After this field trip, you will wonder why you waited so long to start photographing birds on the wing! The rookery at Smith Oaks offers endless opportunities for bird in flight photography. Kathy Adams Clark will instruct and guide participants in the following topics with the goal of helping to simplifying the process of photographing...

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3:30 pm
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...

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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...

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4:30 pm
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...

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6:00 pm
April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This historic location gives us a lovely location to learn and practice architectural, low-light, and abstract photography. The class will begin outside as we photograph the church from sunset to twilight. Then we’ll move inside the church for a chance to photograph inside in low-light. We’ll work with the church’s lighting plus special lights inside....

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7:45 pm
April 16 @ 7:45 pm - 10:45 pm

Come learn different lighting techniques to create some unique and unusual images while photographing at a beach located on the west end of Galveston Island. Topics will include: Light Painting and Long Exposure Effects, Steel Wool Photography Tips and Tricks, Light Drawing, Repeating Flash Mode Tricks and other interesting and fun techniques.

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