Saturday, Dec. 14, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15, 9:00 a.m. – noon
Seawall’s East End Marshes, Lagoons, Ship Channel, Beach & Salt Flats
10% discount to GINTC members
Driving directions to the meeting site will be emailed prior to the event.
Bring binoculars if you have them.
This field trip is designed for folks who want to see bird species other than Sandhill Cranes. See the target list below.
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 and easy walks as you tour the Seawall’s East End marshes, lagoons, beach, ship channel and salt flats. Transportation by small bus is provided for this field trip.
Popular field trip leaders Dr. Alice Anne O’Donell on Saturday and Kristen Vale on Sunday 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, there is an abundance of 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. Note: Sandhill Cranes are not found in this coastal beach habitat. They can be seen on the Winter Birding on the Isle’s West End trip.
Photo Credit: Joseph Smith