Galveston has taken wing once again, earning designation as a Bird City Texas community! We’re one of three Texas cities to achieve the prestigious hallmark this year. Thank you to our dedicated team, partners and advisors who helped make this happen.
Bird City Texas is an initiative of Audubon Texas and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The community-focused certification program was created to help protect birds and their habitats where people live, work, and recreate.
Bird City Texas research shows that bird-friendly environments increase property values, help control insects and generate tourism dollars.
Read the full GINTC press release here.
We are reprogramming FeatherFest 2021 to offer birding and nature photography field trips, all with Covid-careful protocols to minimize risks to all of our registrants, guides and our volunteers.
Some 70 birding and photography field trips are planned so far. These meet-at-site trips for up to 10 registrants will allow for safe distancing, as your health and well-being remain our top priority.
The 2021 program is online here to help you plan your adventure. Online registration is now open!
We know you’ll be as excited as we are to get back to birding and enjoy nature with FeatherFest friends. See you in April!
Congratulations to our 2020 All-Stars! We are ever grateful for these people, projects and partners who join previous Annual Awards Alumni to make our future bright!
You, too, can be an ALL STAR – become a member today and get Steve Alexander’s must-have Exploring Galveston: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Island. Thank you for helping us connect people with Galveston’s natural environment!
A six-foot permanent sculpture of the elegant Eskimo Curlew, commissioned by Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council, and a special exhibit of five extinct birds, all part of The Lost Bird Project by Todd McGrain, recently were installed in Galveston Island State Park and the gardens of The Bryan Museum.
The bronze Eskimo Curlew is the sixth sculpture of The Lost Bird Project. The five large statues at the museum represent the other permanent Lost Bird Project sculptures located throughout North America. Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council, Houston Audubon, and The Bryan Museum have partnered to bring the exhibit to the island.
The State Park is now open and you can get your pass online. The Bryan Museum gardens are now open and there is no charge to view the exhibit.
Learn more about Galveston’s new
Eskimo Curlew Sculpture and
The Lost Bird Project Exhibit
Photo by Rick Becker
Enjoy our 2020 collection of art and writing entries from the FeatherFest contest, “Remembering the Eskimo Curlew.” Children in grades 1-8 were invited to share their ideas about how they will remember the Eskimo Curlew, a migratory shorebird that once traveled through Galveston Island. It has been over 50 years since the last recorded sighting of an Eskimo Curlew. In fact, the last fully documented North American sighting of the Eskimo Curlew was in west Galveston in 1962, according to the Texas Bird Records Committee of the Texas Ornithological Society.
Many thanks to all of the young writers and artists who shared their talents in this competition.
Enroll now in our Certified Nature Guide or Nature Ambassador course! These programs will provide a cadre of knowledgeable guides and ambassadors to help visitors and residents experience Galveston’s natural side.
Thanks to the Galveston Island Park Board for their tremendous support. We also appreciate the Galveston Bay Area Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists for providing the content for the coursework. Plus, kudos to Suzanne Becker, Bobette Brasfield, Cindy Liening, Maureen Nolan-Wilde, Diane Olsen, and Chris Roper for their enthusiasm and commitment to making these certifications a reality!
The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council thanks our members and volunteers, the City of Galveston, Galveston Park Board of Trustees, Galveston.com, and corporate members Casa del Mar Beachfront Suite, Coronado Palms Coastal Cottage, Moody Gardens, Pardon My French, Sand ‘N Sea Properties, Tom’s Galveston Real Estate, and SOAR Vacation Rental Services, for supporting our efforts throughout the year. Special applause also goes to David Alaniz, Hector Astorga, Stephen Bontempo, Stan Bravenec, Anja Borski, Trudy LeDoux, Scott Meyer, Lisa Nelson, Barbara Rabek, Vadim Troshkin, Patrick Welsh, Bonnie White, Ron Wooten, and others for generously sharing their beautiful photography with us.