Saturday, Dec. 8
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Seawall’s East End Marshes, Lagoons, Ship Channel, Beach & Salt Flats
Tickets: $35 through Nov. 19 and $40 thereafter. 10% discount to GINTC members.
Driving directions to the meeting site will be emailed prior to the event.
Bring binoculars if you have them. Spotting scopes will be provided as needed.
Explore the diverse habitats of the East End of Galveston Island and see the birds that make Galveston their home in the winter months. Sit back and enjoy the ride by van and easy walks as you tour the Seawall’s East End marshes, lagoons, beach, ship channel and salt flats. To enhance your birding experience at each site, participants will be riding in two separate vans that will travel the same route in opposite order. If registering as a group, make sure your birding companions are signed up for the same van.
Popular field trip leaders Dr. Alice Anne O’Donell and Kristine Rivers will lead participants on this adventure designed for birders of all skill levels.
Spanning almost 700 acres of diverse habitat, the East End Lagoon Nature Park & Preserve includes both tidal and nontidal wetlands, beach dunes, a freshwater pond, black mangroves, upland prairie, and an extensive marine coastline.
During the winter these areas abound with Snowy, Piping and Black-bellied Plovers, the American Oystercatcher, American Avocet, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Caspian Tern, Belted Kingfisher, Reddish Egret, Roseate Spoonbill, Osprey, Northern Harrier and more. Ducks include the Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Mottled Duck, Northern Shoveler and Red-breasted Merganser. Savannah and Lincoln’s Sparrows are often sighted, too.
Photo Credit: Joseph Smith