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David Hanson

David Hanson

David graduated from Stephen F Austin University in 1974 with a degree in Wildlife Biology and a minor in Forestry. He has been in the outdoors his whole life including being a waterfowl hunting guide for 15 years but started birding seriously only about 8 years ago. He has been the birding program leader for Galveston FeatherFest for three years now and has also led the bird counts at the Baytown Nature Center for four years. He is co-compiler for the Old River Christmas Bird Count and participates in several other Christmas Bird Counts each year. He currently serves on the Friends of Anahuac Refuge (FOAR) board of directors.

Upcoming Events

April 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 4:30 pm

The Lagow Ranch is a working ranch with rice fields, plowed fields, pasture land, brackish marsh and a fresh water reservoir. This property is located between the main and East units of Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and has been maintained for many years to provide excellent habitat for wildlife. In the winter, waterfowl abound and there should still be some of them around at festival time. The reservoir has large patches of open water and Sea Cane which attracts water…

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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 and hurricanes, absorbing and dispersing water from storm surges and floods. The sponge-like qualities of the prairie are also important for filtering the freshwater that…

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Friday, April 20, 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 a pancake-flat coastal plain where it became covered with 20-30-foot oak trees, creating a vast canopy. This created High Island, which is now a beacon to weary Trans-Gulf migrants. This area provides wooded habitat that supplies food, water and places to rest for these migrants.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join FeatherFest favorite Glenn Olsen of GO Birding Ecotours and his logistics team to engage in this fast-paced, fun competition to top birding sites on Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula. Glenn's Team is one of two teams competing to identify the most species of birds on this one day adventure. The second team will be led by Greg Miller.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Close out your FeatherFest experience with a morning trip to Galveston’s magic West End, visiting Jim’s favorite spots. Every day a new batch of birds arrives, and this is the middle of the migration. Jim says there’s a real chance for a hundred species!    

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