Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council

We’re excited to report that Sandhill Cranes are being spotted on the Island’s West End. Soon we’ll have hundreds of these elegant birds wintering with us, as they take advantage of our milder climate and plentiful food resources.

To celebrate the arrival of these 3-4 foot tall, red-capped visitors, we invite you to join Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council in what’s been dubbed by the New York Times as “one of the quirkiest events in Texas” – Holiday with the Cranes!

This year our crane celebration is going virtual. No matter where you are, you’ll be able to participate in a fun and engaging online presentation on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10:00am.

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor Sand ‘N Sea Properties

GINTC 2020 All-Star Salute

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

Through the Eyes of a Child  –  Remembering the Eskimo Curlew

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.

Wanna be a nature guide?

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!

 Behind the Scenes

The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council thanks our members and volunteers, the City of GalvestonGalveston Park Board of Trustees,, and corporate members  Casa del Mar Beachfront Suite, Coronado Palms Coastal CottageMoody 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.

Special Thanks To Our Great Egret &
Reddish Egret Corporate Members