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

This is a 75-mile bus trip to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge which is located on the mainland side of East Galveston Bay. With 35,000 acres of brackish and freshwater marsh, flooded moist soil units and the East Galveston Bay shoreline, the refuge offers the full range of coastal and migratory birds. Park roads, trails and...

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6:00 am
April 18 @ 6:00 am - 1:00 pm

Don’t miss this popular field trip to the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, which is designated an Internationally Significant Shorebird site and contains more water than land within its 44,000+ acres.

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April 18 @ 6:00 am - 10:00 am

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

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April 18 @ 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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April 18 @ 6:00 am - 4:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what the Texas Birding Classic, Birdathon and birding competitions are all about? This is your chance to have that experience. Join birding expert Greg Miller (of “The Big Year” fame) and his logistics team to engage in this fast-paced, fun competition to top birding sites on Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula....

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6:30 am
April 18 @ 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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April 18 @ 6:30 am - 2:30 pm

Birding Bolivar is Dick Peake’s favorite local activity! Guests will explore various habitats on the peninsula, e.g., sand flats, grassy prairies, jetties, tidal sloughs, wooded lots, and Fort Travis. The Bolivar sand flats area is known as one of the finest migratory locations in North America for shorebirds, terns, herons, egrets and other water birds....

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7:00 am
April 18 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am

The tip of the Bolivar Peninsula offers a wide variety of photographic opportunities. This trip 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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April 18 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

We will concentrate on gaining a deeper understanding of bird identification. Our approach is to observe differences in body structure, behavior, habitat preferences, and feeding styles of various species of birds. This trip allows us time to observe and discover the distinct characteristics of each species as opposed to generating a list of a larger...

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April 18 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am

Come walk with Hector and take a photo tour of the Historic Strand District as Galveston Island wakes up!  This area filled with historic buildings is ideal for wide angle shooting of turn of the century architecture as well as vignette shooting of features with your longer lens. We will capture these buildings in ways...

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8:00 am
April 18 @ 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.

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April 18 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come along as Kevin combines the traditional field mark approach to ID with a more holistic one that incorporates physical features and behavior to reach a more complete ID picture. Most of the expert guides use this combined approach on a regular basis, and you too can improve your field skills by employing this technique....

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9:00 am
April 18 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Our first FledglingFest event of the day will be by boat! Board the Seagull II to explore the waters of the Galveston Harbor and Bay searching for dolphins and birds. What could be more fun?

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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...

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10:30 am
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...

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11:00 am
April 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Histograms are graphical representations of the light levels that our camera captures, understanding them will help us expose our images correctly making sure that all the available data is captured by our cameras. Sounds complicated? It’s not!!! During the program Astorga will show us why it is important to understand and correctly read the histograms on your digital camera. Astorga will explain this in terms that all photographers, amateurs to pros, can understand and benefit from.

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11:45 am
April 18 @ 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

One of the key elements for capturing quality photographic images is lighting.  This is also true for bird photography.  In this workshop, Tim will show you how to control the light and how to get the proper exposure in your camera.  You will learn how to get the “golden light” in your photos and how...

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12:00 pm
April 18 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 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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April 18 @ 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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12:30 pm
April 18 @ 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 18 @ 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 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Take a tour of the Rainforest with one of the Moody Gardens' biologists as you explore a variety of birds from rainforest regions of the world. You will learn all about bird biology and adaptations in a fun, interactive program. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes.

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April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This workshop will take you through a photo tour of four of the National Wildlife Refuges within a day's drive of Galveston. They include Aransas NWR, San Bernard NWR, Brazoria NWR and Anahuac NWR. These refuges are free to the public and offer an amazing variety of wildlife. The photographic opportunities are endless and you...

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1:30 pm
April 18 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

What can a birder do in the middle of the day when the sun is high and bird activity may be low? Why look at other critters, of course, like butterflies, and dragonflies and damselflies – insects that are active when the day warms up. On this trip, you'll have an opportunity to identify these...

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2:30 pm
April 18 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Take a tour from Beach to Bay exploring nature and looking for birds with Sibley O’Haver and her dad Kyle. This is an adventure for kiddos and their grown ups. We will caravan to three locations in the State Park and walk around discovering all nature has to offer.

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3:30 pm
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...

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4:00 pm
April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

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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...

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6:00 pm
April 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

If you’d love to have a personal Raptor Experience, this one-of-a-kind wildlife celebration is for you! Our show has been “rewired” to introduce new birds and lots of new opportunities for you to see, hold and photograph magnificent Birds of Prey. Ten lucky audience members will have an opportunity to participate in the show (names will be drawn at the event – it could be YOURS!). The evening is sure to overflow with fun and spontaneity, thanks to the unpredictable combination of live birds and a live audience!

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