Birders will find this workshop and field trip the perfect introduction to coastal birding. You will spend the first hour and 15 minutes in a workshop learning about the diversity of species and state of the art techniques to rapidly identify birds on the Upper Texas Coast. After a lunch break, we will meet back at headquarters at 1:00 p.m. to board our bus and head out to one of the hotspots on the Upper Texas Coast where we will view these incredible birds. The trip is designed to give each participant the extra attention needed to develop a skill set to have confidence in the field.
The trip will go to the East End Lagoon Nature Preserve beach area where you’ll see the Black Skimmer, American Avocet, and Black-necked Stilt, many species of shore birds, gulls, terns, sandpipers, plovers, and more. Stops along the way will highlight birds preferring marsh habitat.
The preserve is located at the East End of the Galveston Seawall and Boddecker Dr. The City of Galveston owns 686 acres of land at the eastern tip of the island and the intent is to transform it into a world-class natural recreational area and nature preserve with an interpretive center. All the habitats associated with a barrier island – beach, uplands, fresh water ponds, brackish lagoons and wetlands – are present.
Time permitting, the trip may move on to Corps Woods. This is a heavily wooded area, located adjacent to a large spoils area and the Galveston Ship Channel, which serves as a local migrant songbird trap.
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.
Bring water, snacks
Bus & Walk