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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.

Why Do Snowbirds Love Galveston So Much?

Is it the warmer island temperatures? The wonderful holiday traditions? Take a look at why so many choose Galveston as their winter getaway! Read more.

Galveston Welcomes the Return of the Sandhill Cranes

The impressive three-to-four-foot tall Sandhill Cranes, known for their size and the bright red cap atop their heads, arrive in Galveston late October and depart late February through early March. Read more.

Island Holiday Guide For The Entire Family

When planning your holiday adventures, you will not want to miss out on what Galveston Island has in store in 2017. Read more.

Galveston Holiday Events to Include New Downtown Lanterns & Lights PLUS Cirque Joyeux Noel Show

The entire island will offer holiday cheer with eight weeks of “Winter Wonder Island” events and festivities. Read more.

10 Reasons You Should Get On Island Time in Galveston

The return of summer in the Lone Star State heralds the arrival of warm weather, vibrant blue skies and blooming bluebonnets. Read more.

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