This is a “drive your own car” event.
Anecdotes of Big Year birding, Rocky Mountaineering and World War II nature prowling, set in a new state-of-the-art Gulf Coast marine research facility, make for one fun and unforgettable FeatherFest evening! As if that’s not enough, you’ll also have your fill of tantalizing heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and other refreshments.
Mark Obmascik is the bestselling author of two witty, hilarious and sometimes harrowing chronicles of obsessive nature enthusiasts competing with Mother Nature. Mark’s book, The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession, received five Best of the Year citations from major media and was inspiration for the 2011 movie starring Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson. His 2009 book, Halfway to Heaven: My White-knuckled – and Knuckleheaded – Quest for the Rocky Mountain High, was winner of the National Outdoor Book Award for Outdoor Literature.
Dr. Sammy Ray is a soldier-scientist who prowled South Pacific war zones in search of plants, minerals, shells, insects and animals on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution. Part of his bird collection from WW II is currently on display there. He had a distinguished, internationally-renowned career at Texas A & M University at Galveston, and has been a source of scientific information and advice for the State of Texas for many decades. He will be honored during the event for his many contributions to bird research.
The Ocean and Coastal Studies Building is on the campus of the Texas A & M University at Galveston. It is the largest and best equipped marine research facility on the Gulf Coast, and among the finest facilities of its kind in the nation. It houses the Texas Institute of Oceanography, Center for Texas Beaches and Shores, Texas Seafood Safety Laboratory, Laboratory of Oceanographic and Environmental Research, Coastal Zone Laboratory, and the university’s Marine Biology and Marine Sciences academic departments. The building is set on the shores of an active marina, which shelters a fleet of both research and training vessels.
Driving Directions and Parking Info
The TAMUG Campus is on Pelican Island, only a short distance from FeatherFest headquarters. Going west (away from the seawall) on Broadway, turn north/right at 51st Street. Go straight through the light at the top of the over-pass, and 51st will become Seawolf Parkway. Continue across the Causeway/lift-bridge onto Pelican Island, and the campus will be on your right. PASS the Main Entrance, curve around, and turn right on Texas Clipper (before the Valero station). Continue on Texas Clipper until you see a large parking lot with parking attendants on your right. The attendants will guide you to parking close to the Ocean and Coastal Studies Building, #3029 on this campus map. Then follow the sidewalk to the front door.
The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council would like to thank Texas A & M University at Galveston for hosting this event and providing continuous support for FeatherFest and other Island nature tourism endeavors.
For Further Information
FeatherFest is a project of the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council which supports nature tourism and education, and promotes the value of area natural habitats.