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6:30 am
Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:30 am - 11:30 am

Galveston is a Gulf coastal island renowned for its many habitats. On the Gulf beaches, you’ll scan out on the swells and incoming surf for rafts of waterfowl and seabirds. Walking along the beach the edge of the surf is active with the antics of the island’s year-round and migrating peeps, Reddish and Great blue herons and shorebirds foraging on “what the tide brung-in.” Away from the water among the dunes of San Luis Pass, East Beach and GISP Savannah and Horned lark flit about. Beyond the dunes are briny ponds holding roosting seabirds, Nelson’s and Seaside sparrow, rails, coots and water birds. In the Bay and tidal marshes migrating and nesting herons, egrets and cormorant in their breeding best, forage. The avian fauna is always in flux with the advance and retreat of the tide moving the food chain in and out. Among the tidally influenced habits and the open coastal prairies and oak mottes migrating songbirds need to refuel and find fresh water.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:30 am - 3:30 pm

Boy Scout Woods, Smith Oaks, The Rookery, and more! The accident of geology makes the Upper Texas Coast a beacon to weary neotropical migrants finishing a 10+ hour, nonstop flight across the Gulf of Mexico. From under an ancient sea, a salt dome emerged. After a few thousand years the dome reached just 38-feet above...

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:30 am - 3:00 pm

Join Greg Miller at what is called “one of the finest migratory locations in North America” – the southern end of the Bolivar Peninsula. Shorebirds, terns, herons, egrets and other water birds will give participants an unforgettable field experience. Targets: Expect to see at least 80 – 100 species! For example, 5 species of plovers,...

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7:00 am
Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

The group will travel by bus to the Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve. This preserve is 2,303 acres of coastal prairie at the intersection of urban expanse and rural beauty. The coastal grasslands found here are vital to the natural resilience of the Gulf Coast—prairies and marshlands act as a natural buffer during storms...

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8:00 am
Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

FeatherFest favorite Glenn Olsen is so much fun to bird with that we decided to add a trip where he will concentrate on just Galveston Island! We’ll let Glenn decide where he wants to go depending on what he’s scouted out before the festival. He’ll check out Corps Woods, Lafitte’s Cove, the East End Flats,...

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10:15 am
Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:15 am - 3:45 pm

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 12:45 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.

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11:00 am
Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Shorebird photography provides an abundance of opportunities for action-packed photography and challenges including birds in flight, feeding, and battling over territory. Tim has focused his wildlife photography on shorebirds and will share his experience and techniques with you to optimize your shorebird photos. You will learn the benefits of low-level bird photography including the opportunities...

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12:30 pm
Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

This field trip searches for the spring songbird richness found on West Galveston Island, with a special emphasis on warblers, vireos, tanagers, orioles, grosbeaks and buntings. Guests will walk through Lafitte’s Cove Nature Preserve, Galveston’s crown jewel for migrating songbirds. Several species of vireos and warblers were seen in the oak mott last spring. Freshwater...

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12:45 pm
Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 5:00 pm

This is your opportunity to explore “the other side” of Galveston Bay. We head over the causeway bridge to explore birding areas on the Mainland side of Galveston Bay in the Tiki Island, Texas City, and La Marque areas. One of our best kept secrets and most under explored areas, participants will be surprised at...

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1:00 pm
Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Kathy will teach participants techniques for working with the ball head, Wimberley head, and hand holding for action and flight work. She will explain how to select a tripod that is right for action work, and why it is important to select the proper ISO, shutter speed, and focus points to capture the perfect image....

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3:00 pm
Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This workshop will be enjoyable as a stand-alone event, as well as a tune-up or primer, for those going to High Island or other woodlot venues where colorful migrating warblers can be expected. Learn key concepts and techniques to improve your power of observation and sharpen your identification skills. See slides of warblers that migrate...

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3:15 pm
Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 3:15 pm - 9:30 pm

After this field trip, you will wonder why you waited so long to start photographing birds on the wing! The rookery at Smith Oaks offers endless opportunities for bird in flight photography. Kathy Adams Clark will instruct and guide participants in the following topics with the goal of helping to simplifying the process of photographing...

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3:30 pm
Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Allow technology to help further your birding knowledge and record keeping by using eBird.org and BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide app. The eBird app has revolutionized the keeping of birding records and the sharing of these records. In this workshop, we will explore using eBird on the web and submitting birding records. You will also be...

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5:30 pm
Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Explore the world of beach landscapes and abstracts, using the simplicity of sand, sky, water, and even long exposures to create surreal images. Bring your polarizers and neutral density filters, if you have them, along with camera, tripod, and cable release, along with your imagination. Suggested Equipment: SLR camera with lens from 18 to 300...

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