This workshop and field trip is for beginning birders learning the fundamentals and those wanting to brush up on their birding skills. You will spend the first hour and 15 minutes in a workshop learning how to get started and improve birding skills, techniques, and confidence. Topics include: birding practices, optics selection and use, field guides, bird identification considerations and techniques, field notebooks, birding etiquette and ethics, and common birds of Galveston Island. Emphasis will be placed on the field identification of common species. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. A copy of the presentation notes will be provided.
After a lunch break, we meet back at headquarters at 1:00 p.m. to board a bus and head out to several local field sites. We select locations designed to test your skills by applying the techniques learned earlier in the workshop. Our birding sites will include Pier 19, Corps Woods, East End Lagoon, and Big Reef Nature Park. These sites allow us to explore all habitats associated with a barrier island – beach, uplands, freshwater ponds, brackish lagoons, marsh and wetlands. Additionally, we explore a heavily wooded area located adjacent to a large spoils area and the Galveston Ship Channel, which serves as a local migrant songbird trap. This trip is designed to give each participant the extra attention needed to develop the skill sets to increase their confidence in the field.
Bring binoculars, field guides, field notebook, bug spray, water, snacks, sunscreen and dress for outdoors.
Targets: pelicans, cormorants, gulls, terns, grackles, doves, herons, egrets, shorebirds, and other common Galveston species
Note: This workshop/field trip combo breaks for lunch after the workshop. Participants will make their own lunch plans and return to festival headquarters to board the bus for the field trip.