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5:30 am
April 17 @ 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 17 @ 5:45 am - 1:30 pm

Heading west over the San Luis Pass bridge and off Galveston Island, our first destination will be Gulf Coast Bird Observatory to watch migrant songbirds being caught in mist nets and banded by professional bird banders. What a unique opportunity....and that's just the start of this exciting field trip! The bus will then continue to San...

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6:00 am
April 17 @ 6:00 am - 10:00 am

Photographing shorebirds is fun and challenging as they are almost always in motion. 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 of Pelicans and other birds as they...

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April 17 @ 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!

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6:30 am
April 17 @ 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 a pancake-flat coastal plain where it became covered with 20-30-foot oak trees, creating a vast canopy. This created High Island, which is now a beacon to weary Trans-Gulf migrants. This area provides wooded habitat that supplies food, water and places to rest for these migrants.

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April 17 @ 6:30 am - 3:00 pm

Bird Galveston Island with one of the world's most famous birders! In 1998, Greg zig-zagged 130,000 miles across the USA hoping to reach at least 700 species of birds in one calendar year. His effort was chronicled in Mark Obmascik's novel, The Big Year, which later became a movie. You'll see the great diversity of...

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April 17 @ 6:30 am - 2:30 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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7:00 am
April 17 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

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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8:00 am
April 17 @ 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 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...

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8:15 am
April 17 @ 8:15 am - 12:15 pm

The spectacle of a water bird nesting rookery is a birder “must see.” North Deer Island has 1.7 miles of protected shoreline which supports nesting habitat for the threatened Reddish Egret and 16 other bird species. Rookeries dot the Texas Gulf coast. Among the best in Texas is 144-acre North Deer Island shared by nesting...

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8:45 am
April 17 @ 8:45 am - 12:30 pm

On this unique once-in-a-lifetime field trip, participants will have the opportunity to visit The Lost Bird Traveling Exhibit and Galveston’s new Eskimo Curlew Memorial Sculpture with The Lost Bird Project director and sculptor Todd McGrain. We will learn about these once-thriving birds through thought-provoking memorials that link art with natural history and highlight humans’ impact...

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9:00 am
April 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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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9:30 am
April 17 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Are you baffled by flash? Unsure of when, how or why to use flash, or overwhelmed by the technical aspects? Join Sean Fitzgerald for a comprehensive workshop on using flash and supplemental light in your nature photography.

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10:45 am
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...

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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...

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12:30 pm
April 17 @ 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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April 17 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 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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April 17 @ 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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1:30 pm
April 17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The curse of digital photography is keeping them organized. Adobe Lightroom provides amazing organizing tools but few photographers use them fully, or as effectively as they should. This presentation will show how you can set up and use Lightroom to name, label, rate, organize, and even output your images and projects more effectively and efficiently. The...

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2:00 pm
April 17 @ 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...

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April 17 @ 2:00 pm - 5:45 pm

On this unique once-in-a-lifetime field trip, participants will have the opportunity to visit The Lost Bird Traveling Exhibit and Galveston’s new Eskimo Curlew Memorial Sculpture with The Lost Bird Project director and sculptor Todd McGrain. We will learn about these once-thriving birds through thought-provoking memorials that link art with natural history and highlight humans’ impact on biodiversity....

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2:15 pm
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...

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3:00 pm
April 17 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Chris will introduce you to photographing wildlife from a kayak. Enjoy paddling in a provided kayak while slowly exploring the 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 like herons, egrets, Roseate Spoonbill, shorebirds and possible overhead raptors like osprey looking for prey.

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April 17 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 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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3:15 pm
April 17 @ 3:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Professional PhotoTraps are high speed camera trigger systems. During this workshop, Hector will introduce you to how these devices work and how to use them in the field. The infrared and/or motion detector triggers allow you to capture fast moving wildlife that is almost impossible to capture otherwise. You will learn the basic knowledge needed to get started using these fantastic tools for nature photographers.

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3:30 pm
April 17 @ 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 photographer’s point-of-view.  Camera features and options will be discussed along with composition,...

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4:00 pm
April 17 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This popular photography field trip by boat is so popular we offer it four times during FeatherFest! Join Sean Fitzgerald 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...

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4:30 pm
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...

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