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5:30 am
April 23 @ 5:30 am - 12:30 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. We’ll leave dark and early on our bus trip to the refuge, crossing San Luis Pass at sunrise and making a quick stop to check for rails in the lagoons. As we continue westward along the Bluewater Highway, we’ll check the small lagoons along the way for nesting herons and keep an eye out over the wetlands for raptors.  We’ll continue along the levee road that follows Oyster Creek, offering the possibility of Ospreys, White Pelicans, and lingering winter waterfowl.

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6:00 am
April 23 @ 6:00 am - 10:00 am

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 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. Sean will teach you his tricks and methods for capturing birds in flight. This will include metering modes, focusing techniques and other skills for catching artistic shots of the birds of the area.

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April 23 @ 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

Targets: Expect to see at least 80 – 100 species! For example, 5 species of plovers, 7 species of terns, 4 species of gulls, Dowitchers, Buff-breasted sandpiper, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Harrier, American Avocet, Marbled Godwit, Long-billed Curlew, Whimbrel, Red Knot, White-tailed Kite, Marsh Wren, Seaside Sparrow, Clapper Rail and Osprey

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April 23 @ 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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6:30 am
April 23 @ 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 23 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

This is the trip guaranteed to expose you to the largest number of island habitats and hopefully the most variety of species! Well known by the locals, these less familiar hot spots have proved fruitful time and again. Joining Greg this year is Alice Anne O’Donell, local resident and expert birder. The locations we travel...

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April 23 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am

Galveston’s oldest cemetery is located on Broadway between 40th and 43rd Streets. Above ground vaults, obelisks, stone angles and more offer plenty of photo opportunities. During the spring, wildflowers can decorate the ground giving a different look to the graves. Join Kathy Adams Clark for this journey through Galveston history. Paved streets offer a convenient...

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April 23 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am

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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7:15 am
April 23 @ 7:15 am - 11:15 am

Participants will travel by bus to Galveston Island’s 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. From there we travel to Lafitte’s Cove to walk the paths in search of migrating and nesting songbirds in the oaks and wading birds in the ponds.

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8:00 am
April 23 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Join Greg Whittaker on a guided tour of the birds of Moody Gardens.  This unique combination field trip will include a guided tour through the canopy level of the Tropical Rainforest exhibit as well as a viewing of the Penguins in the Aquarium Pyramid.  You will learn everything you wanted to know about how our...

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April 23 @ 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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9:00 am
April 23 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

NEW for 2022! This workshop will cover the use of mirrorless cameras for wildlife photographers.  Learn what are the advantages of using a mirrorless system when capturing wildlife.

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April 23 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join Kevin for a relaxed birding experience at Galveston Island’s East Beach area. We will tour though East End Lagoon Nature Preserve, catching views of a precious and increasingly rare ecosystem. We will explore 684 acres of Galveston’s largest undeveloped habitat including one of the few remaining sizable tracts of coastal prairie. The site contains both tidal and nontidal wetlands, beach dunes, a freshwater pond, black mangroves, and upland prairie, along with an extensive marine coastline.

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10:00 am
April 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

NEW for 2022! Calling all neighbors! Pollinators, birds, and other wildlife face many challenges to their survival, and they need our help. The good news is that we can take simple steps to help them―right here, right now, right in our own gardens. In this workshop, Lauren Simpson introduces our pollinators and—using a local garden as a classroom—shares simple techniques for transforming our own garden into a beautiful, native-plant paradise―one that supports wildlife and pleases neighbors!

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11:00 am
April 23 @ 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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12:00 pm
April 23 @ 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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12:30 pm
April 23 @ 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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1:00 pm
April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 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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April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 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 to...

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April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

NEW for 2022! This presentation is for individuals that want to take their wildlife photography to the next level. Hector will share the techniques that he uses while in the field photographing wildlife. Perspective, camera settings, reaction time, and composing in camera are some of the topics he will discuss with us. He will share how he photographs and how he plans ahead for a photo outing. This process has made him very successful in capturing his wildlife images.

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April 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

NEW for 2022! Calling all neighbors! Pollinators, birds, and other wildlife face many challenges to their survival, and they need our help. The good news is that we can take simple steps to help them―right here, right now, right in our own gardens. In this outdoor workshop, Lauren Simpson introduces our pollinators and—using a local garden as a classroom—shares simple techniques for transforming our own garden into a beautiful, native-plant paradise―one that supports wildlife and pleases neighbors!

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1:15 pm
April 23 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

NEW for 2022! 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 never know what you might see from Bobcats to Sandhill Cranes and everything in between. We will talk about shooting techniques, gear and methods of shooting as well as the different types of wildlife. David has shot extensively at each of these refuges and will make it fun learning of the many probabilities these awesome federal refuges afford us as both birders and wildlife photographers.

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2:00 pm
April 23 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bird Galveston’s East End 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.

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April 23 @ 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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2:30 pm
April 23 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 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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3:30 pm
April 23 @ 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 23 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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. Hector will teach you his tricks and methods for capturing birds in flight. This will include metering modes, focusing techniques and other skills for catching artistic shots of the birds of the area.

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6:00 pm
April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

If you’d love to have a personal Raptor Experience with a touch of history, this one-of-a-kind wildlife celebration is for you! Raptors Uncorked which offers dinner and a raptor show is moving to a new location at the historic 1859 Ashton Villa on Broadway. In addition, registrants are being offered access to the house for docent guided tours prior to dinner and the show.

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