Galveston Certified as Bird City Texas Community

This designation achievement adds a new feather in Galveston Island’s cap.

Galveston is now certified as a Bird City Texas community, according to Audubon Texas and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, partners in the Bird City Texas Initiative. Galveston is one of three cities in the state to achieve Bird City designation this year!

pictured: Reddish Egret by Stan Bravenec. The Reddish Egret is Galveston’s official bird.

What is Bird City Texas?

Bird City Texas is a community-focused certification program created to help people protect birds and their habitats where we live, work, and recreate. The criteria required to attain certification are designed to be impactful and efficient against habitat loss and other harmful factors impacting birds.

Research shows that bird-friendly habitat increases property values, helps control insects, and generates tourism. Where birds thrive, people prosper. From urban centers to rural towns, each community can provide important habitat for birds, and certified communities will receive recognition and community benefits as a result of these efforts.

Science-based bird conservation initiatives and community-centric action will:

  • Enhance and restore habitats
  • Increase native plant coverage in Texas for the benefit of birds and people
  • Reduce population-level threats
  • Increase public awareness of the benefits and challenges of bird conservation
Galveston’s Bird City certification is a result of communitywide efforts to recognize the importance of bird conservation and lead the way through education, action and preservation Julie Ann Brown, Executive Director of the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council (GINTC)
Birding Galveston With Greg Miller, Professional Birder

Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council (GINTC)

GINTC presents Galveston FeatherFest Birding and Nature Photography Festival, Galveston Winter Nature Program, Sea Turtle Saturday, Holiday with the Cranes and numerous educational programs at the East End Lagoon Nature Preserve as part of its mission is to connect people with Galveston’s natural environment.

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