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
5 Fantastic Reasons You Need to Visit Galveston this Fall
Published: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Get on Island Time this Fall because of these wonderful reasons. Read more.
A Bird in the Hand
Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Just about every week she rounds up some friends and heads down to The Strand. There, she pours some peanuts into her hand watches as other friends arrive – these of the feathered variety: a flock of pigeons that eagerly climb onto her outstretched hand. Read more.
29 Kingfish, Several Stingrays to 180 lbs
Published: Thursday, July 26, 2018
We had a light northeast wind and found clear water beyond 25 miles and picked up 29 kingfish. Largest catches of the week were several stingrays to 180 lbs. and today a hammerhead over 8 ft. was caught and released unharmed. Read more.
Last Week For Red Snapper In Federal Waters For Charters
Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Most red snapper limits are coming from 23 to 30 plus miles out. Catching kingfish 11 to 30 miles out on rocks, wrecks ,oil platforms, and buoys. Read more.
5 Great Beach Tips for Summer
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Summer is here and so is the time to visit the beach! Galveston Island has a variety of beaches to offer visitors and we have compiled our best beach tips to make the most out of your trip! Read more.