Galveston, Texas Birding

Galveston Island Tweets!

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

Head to Galveston This Spring for Fun on the Beach, New Attractions

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring has returned, which means flocks of Texans will be saying goodbye to winter as they head to the beach. Read more.

First Week Winners Announcement

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Prior to the annual Galveston FeatherFest, birders and photographers alike are encouraged to submit their photos for cash prizes! Here are the winners of Week 1: Read more.

What to do Before or After My Cruise?

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018

Check out this video and blog pairing to help you navigate Galveston's frequently asked questions. Read more.

Ready to Hit the Beach? Start Here!

Published: Sunday, February 04, 2018

Deciding how to have fun on the beach in Galveston can be daunting, even if you’ve narrowed your choices down to spending at least some of your time frolicking in the sand at one of the island’s five beach parks. Read more.

10 Reasons You Should Get On Island Time in Galveston

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

It's hard to narrow it down to only 10 things, but here's are the 10 reasons you should get on Island Time! Read more. Video
Galveston Island Tweets!