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Galveston Island is one of the top locations in the country for birding. It has a rich variety of habitats - beaches, wetlands, grasslands, woods, ponds, and bays - in a small area that are home to many common year-round species, as well as numerous others that visit briefly or for part of the year.

Birds visit en-route from and to Central and South America, north in the spring, south in the fall. Most pass on through after stopping for food and rest, but some spend their summers on the Island and breed locally. Galveston in fact sits astride the 95th meridian, the dead center of the trans-Gulf migration route, and is just at the point in the circum-Gulf route where many birds veer northward.

The Island is also an important wintering ground for numerous species that spend most of the year farther north.

The Nature Tourism Council, in partnership with the Park Board, developed a guide to the area’s top birding locations. Different birding habitats such as beaches and bays, bay marshes and wetlands, coastal prairies and upland wood motts are described in detail. A map and seasonal checklist of birds sighted are also included. Click here to download a PDF of the Great Birding guide, or pick one up from tourism brochure racks throughout southeast Texas.

From the Blogs

Have You Seen These Amazing Birds?

Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

If you’ve ever seen Sandhill Cranes, you know they are large, elegant birds – standing nearly 4 feet tall, they are hard to miss! If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Read more.

Top 5 Reasons To Bird Galveston By Car

Published: Thursday, November 08, 2018

The first in a series of "Top 5" birding blogs by Kristine Rivers. Read more.

Galveston Fishing Rodeo Wraps Up

Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The results are in for the Galveston Fishing Rodeo. The leader board is impressive. Read more.

Inspiration and Education Through Unique Coastal Experiences

Published: Friday, October 19, 2018

For 15 years, Artist Boat has brought value to our ocean community and restored coastal and marine habitats, educated the public, regional and local students as well as creating hundreds of pieces of public art!  Read more.

Ling, Stingray, Mangrove Snapper, Atlantic Sharpnose Shark and more.

Published: Friday, October 19, 2018

Our recent deep sea trip catches have included ling, large stingray, mangrove snapper, lane snapper, gulf trout, atlantic sharpnose shark, gafftop, and more.  Read more.

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