The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council is wild about Galveston, and with good reason! Our historic beach town on the Gulf of Mexico offers engaging natural wonders in every sector of the island and its surrounding areas, every month of the year. We know, because we help connect people with nature experiences and outdoor adventures. We invite you to explore this website and learn about our nature-related events and programs, and how we promote the value of natural habitats and resources in the Galveston area.
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.
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 for day use. You must go online to get your pass and follow the guidelines when at the Park. 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
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.