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Greg Whittaker

WhittakerGreg grew up on the family farm in upstate New York, inheriting a stewardship for nature and a lifelong appreciation for the wonders of water. Texas A&M University brought him to Galveston in 1985, which immediately became home. His professional animal care career began in 1988 at Sea Arama-Marineworld, and progressed through a stint at the Marine Biomedical Institute working with cephalopods, and finally taking on the animal care manager’s role for the first time as Moody Gardens’ Rainforest supervisor in 1993. In 1999, he took the opportunity to serve as site manager for marine mammal operations in Taiji, Japan and Beijing, China. In 2001, he assisted in the establishment of an open water marine mammal and small aquarium facility in Subic Bay, Philippines. He returned to Texas in 2002 and re-established roots in the Galveston area as a new dad, and Moody Gardens Animal Husbandry Manager.

Since 2003, Greg has partnered with GINTC in several nature tourism and birdwatching activities and events, all designed to create enthusiasm for the fantastic natural environment that our Island offers.  Greg serves on the GINTC board, Houston Audubon Society board and is the chapter chair for the Galveston County Audubon Group.

Upcoming Events

April 2020
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 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…

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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 the Island as Greg leads you to all of the birding hot spots - East Beach, Corps Woods, Laffites Cove, Sportsman Road, San Luis Pass…

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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 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…

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