WINTER NATURE PROGRAM

Birds, butterflies, sea turtles and more! Beaches, bayous and coastal prairie! Galveston Island offers an amazing natural array of fauna, flora and lots of opportunity to enjoy and explore the outdoors even in the winter months. Whether you are visiting the island or call it home, please come along and be introduced to the wonderful natural world of Galveston Island.

2022 programming has been reduced due to COVID but please join us for any of the available outings and talks. Most of the activities REQUIRE an RSVP and you’ll find it’s quite easy to reserve your spot. Sign up info is noted on each activity that requires an RSVP.

These activities are designed for adults 18 years or older unless otherwise noted.

2022 Schedule of Winter Nature Activities

Paradise Lost? Future Fisheries in a Climate-Driven Gulf, Seaside Chat, NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

February 9, Wednesday, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Free
Presenter:  Presented by Sepp Haukebo, Environmental Defense Fund.
Where: Online
Registration Required, for details visit https://flowergarden.noaa.gov/education/seasidechats.html

Climate change threatens key life support systems on our planet, especially our oceans. Even with drastic global actions to reduce emissions, changes in the ocean will grow more profound and accelerate. These changes won’t just damage special places like coral reefs and mangrove forests, they will fundamentally alter ocean ecosystems and the fisheries therein. However, with thoughtful interventions, these impacts can be significantly reduced, and perhaps even reversed. This interactive discussion will examine the interventions necessary for sustainable fisheries in a climate-driven Gulf of Mexico.

Discovering Climate History in Coral Skeletons, Seaside Chat, NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

February 16, Wednesday, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Free
Presenter: Kristine DeLong, Louisiana State University
Where: Online
Registration Required, for details visit https://flowergarden.noaa.gov/education/seasidechats.html

The skeletons of massive corals grow in layers, similar to tree rings, that can be counted to determine the years of growth. Scientists can look at the chemistry of each of these layers to see what the water temperature was when that part of the coral skeleton was growing, as well as other indicators of environmental conditions. By stringing together these yearly skeletal records, scientists can chronicle how the ocean and the coral reef have changed over time.

Galveston County Audubon Group Birding Presentation: Winter Shorebirds and Spring Planting

 

Piping Plover, Photo by Kristen Vale

February 17, Thursday, 7:00pm, Free
Presenter: Kristen Vale, American Bird Conservancy
Where: Wortham Auditorium, Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy
No RSVP necessary

Kristen Vale will share information on some of the incredible shorebirds that migrate through and spend the winter in the Galveston region, including the famous Piping Plover from Chicago affectionately named Monty. As a designated Bird City Texas community, she will also share some native plant species you can plant in your backyard that will attract and benefit birds, butterflies and pollinators alike.

Galveston County Audubon Group Birding Field Trip to East Beach

Flock of Terns

Photo by Kristine Rivers, Galveston.

February 19, Saturday, 8:30am, Free
Where: Meeting at the far East End of Seawall in the Fort San Jacinto Historic Point parking lot
No RSVP necessary

Our local Galveston County Audubon Group welcomes Winter Texans and residents to participate in our monthly field trip.

East End Lagoon Nature Preserve Trail Walk


February 19, Saturday, 9:00am – 10:00am, Free
Leader: GINTC Staff or Volunteer
Where: Directions to be emailed prior to the activity
SPACE LIMITED
Click here to register

Join GINTC staff/volunteers for a nature walk at the East End Lagoon Nature Preserve. As you explore the Preserve, you will learn about the unique habitats that encompass it and view a variety of birds that depend on the Preserve for food and shelter.

How Humpback Whales Feed Hawai`i, Seaside Chat, NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

February 23, Wednesday, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Free
Presenter: Jeannine Rossa, Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
Where: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary offices 4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston, TX 77551
Registration required, for details visit https://flowergarden.noaa.gov/education/seasidechats.html

The waters around Hawai‘i are low in important nutrients for life, like iron and phosphorus. As a result, the plankton biomass is low, and less plankton means less food for fishes. Enter the humpback whales! Whales boost the entire food chain by shedding their skin, which is made up of proteins and fats, perfect for zooplankton to eat. More zooplankton means more fishes, octopus, and coral. But, that’s not all. Join us to hear the rest of the story!

Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council’s Sea Turtle Saturday at Moody Gardens- TBD

Photo by Ron Wooten

Check back with us soon for Sea Turtle Saturday details.