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By: Clayton Kolavo | Wednesday, October 04, 2017 12:32 PM

Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council (GINTC) and Birding for Fun have teamed up to provide a series of birding trips.

You don't have to be an experienced birder to enjoy these field trips! As your guide, Kristin Rivers with Birding for Fun will be spotting and identifying the birds that are seen, and making sure that you have as much time as you like to enjoy watching them, learning about them, and photographing them. The trips are fun and relaxing, and a great way to enjoy nature with friends and family.

Tour participants will ride in air-conditioned/heated comfort in a passenger van, where they will be able to get close views of the birds without doing a lot of hiking. These field trips are perfect for those who want to stay out of the weather but still want to enjoy nature, and for those with limited mobility. You may want to bring snacks and drinks. On longer trips, you should bring lunch.

FIELD TRIP TO GALVESTON'S WEST END
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6

(8AM – 12PM)

Ages: 12 to Adult (Limited to 12 participants)

Cost: $50 per person ($45 for GINTC members)

Tour of some of the best birding spots on Galveston Island's West End. You'll get the opportunity to see White-tailed Kites, Roseate Spoonbills, Reddish Egrets, Tricolored Herons and many other Texas Gulf Coast specialties.

FIELD TRIP TO BOLIVAR PENINSULA & GALVESTON'S EAST END
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13

(8AM – 1PM)

Ages: 12 to Adult (Limited to 12 participants)

Cost: $50 per person ($45 for GINTC members)

You'll ride the ferry over to the Bolivar Peninsula, watching for Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins as well as Magnificent Frigate birds along the way. Once on the other side, you'll visit historic Fort Travis Seashore Park, where you'll look for Marbled Godwits, Long-billed Curlews, and Black-bellied Plovers as well as other shorebirds. Then you'll go to the Houston Audubon Society's Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, which has been recognized as a Globally Important Bird Area, where you'll get the opportunity to see Least Sandpipers, Piping Plovers, Ruddy Turnstones, Reddish Egrets, and many other Texas Gulf Coast specialties up close! After you return to Galveston, you'll check East Beach for Black Skimmers, Red-breasted Mergansers, Belted Kingfishers, Ospreys, and many other species of interest.

FIELD TRIP TO SAN LUIS PASS
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3

(8AM – 12PM)

Ages: 12 to Adult (Limited to 12 participants)

Cost: $50 per person ($45 for GINTC members)

You’ll go off-road and drive the beach at San Luis Pass to give you the best opportunity to see Black Skimmers, Reddish Egrets, Neotropic Cormorants, Ruddy Turnstones, Semipalmated Plovers, and many other shorebirds up close.

 

FIELD TRIP TO GALVESTON ISLAND
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17

(8AM – 3PM)

Ages: 12 to Adult (Limited to 12 participants)

Cost: $75 per person ($70 for GINTC members)

You'll get the opportunity to see Common Loons, Long-billed Curlews, White-tailed Kites, Reddish Egrets, Red-breasted Mergansers, Green-winged Teal, and many other winter waterfowl and Texas Gulf Coast specialties.

 

FIELD TRIP TO GALVESTON'S WEST END
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1

(8AM – 12PM)

Ages: 12 to Adult (Limited to 12 participants)

Cost: $50 per person ($45 for GINTC members)

You'll get the opportunity to see Ospreys, White-tailed Kites, Reddish Egrets, Common Nighthawks, and many other Texas Gulf Coast specialties.

 

FIELD TRIP TO TEXAS CITY DIKE
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15
(8AM – 2PM)

Ages: 12 to Adult (Limited to 12 participants)

Cost: $70 per person ($65 for GINTC members)

You'll get the opportunity to see Common Loons, Eared Grebes, Red-breasted Mergansers, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, American Avocets, White Pelicans, and many other great species.  It can be windy on the dike, so dress warmly.

Visit Birding for Fun for more details and to register.

Your guide, Kristine Rivers, is a master naturalist and loves sharing her passion for nature and wildlife with others.  She founded Birding for Fun in 2016 to provide educational services and field trips.

Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council’s mission is to sponsor, support and develop nature-based educational and recreational activities, and promote the value of the natural habitats and resources of the Galveston area, thereby enhancing the quality of life for Galveston Island’s citizens and visitors.
 

 

 

Article written by Clayton Kolavo