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FeatherFest 2016 Sets Species Record!

626 birders and photographers of all ages attended Galveston’s FeatherFest Birding and Nature Photography Festival held April 14-17, 2016. An all-time species record of 251 resident, seasonal and migrating birds were spotted over the four-day festival, as birders and nature enthusiasts from around the country attended workshops, field trips and social events organized by the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council. Curious to see which species made the list? Check out our Bird Sightings at FeatherFest 2016 here.

Galveston’s FeatherFest is gaining in popularity with participants flocking to Galveston Island this year from 28 states, Canada and U.S. Territories. As one of the largest birding festivals in the state and the only one with a dedicated photography track, attendees represent a broad range of interests and experience levels. Next year’s festival will be held April 6-9. Online registration will begin in early December.




Put your hands together for a big round of applause for our FeatherFest program leaders for putting together such a diverse and fun slate of field trips and workshops. Thanks to David Hanson (Birding), Scott Buckel (Photography), and Chuck Davis (FledglingFest).

Photo credit: Olah Gabor

GINTC would also like to give a shout out to our FeatherFest Team Leaders – Bets Anderson, Anja Borski, Larry Brasfield, Root Choyce, Denice Franke, Rob Glover, Pat Jakobi, Susan Lewis, Cindy Liening, Mardi Mitchell, Diane Olsen, Pete Olsen, Barbara Rabek, Jeff Rabek, Keith Reed, Sue Reed, Norma Rubin, and Rachel Stokes. And to our 200+ volunteers who make it all possible, we thank you!

Special thanks to Michelle Sierpina, Founder and Director of UTMB’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), for the warm hospitality in allowing FeatherFest to headquarter on the OLLI campus.



  Behind the Scenes

The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council would like to offer special thanks to our members and volunteers, the City of Galveston, Galveston Chamber of Commerce, Galveston Park Board of Trustees, Galveston.com, and corporate members Samson Energy, Sand ‘N Sea Properties, Coronado Palms Coastal Cottage, Moody Gardens, Casa del Mar and Tom Schwenk of The House Company for supporting our efforts throughout the year. We also thank Anja Borski, Scott Buckel, Barbara Rabek, and others for generously sharing their beautiful photography with us.


© 2014 The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council.