Top 5 Reasons to Attend Galveston's FeatherFest Birding Festival

The 21st Annual FeatherFest Birding & Nature Photo Festival is scheduled for April 20-23, with pre-festival field trips beginning April 18.

If you haven’t attended FeatherFest in the past, we encourage you to consider going this year! Here are our top 5 reasons to attend in 2023:

Galveston FeatherFest
1. Discover Galveston's Birding Hotspots

Participating in FeatherFest field trips is an excellent way to explore different birding hotspots in and around Galveston Island, including “off-the-beaten-path” locations and private properties that don’t normally allow public access.

Galveston FeatherFest
2. Experience New Adventures

Looking for something new to try? FeatherFest offers many experiential field trips, with long-time favorites such as birding by kayak and by pontoon boat available, as well as the recent addition of birding by e-bike.

Galveston FeatherFest
3. Take Advantage of Great Photo Opportunities

No matter which field trip you choose, you’ll be provided with unique photo opportunities, regardless of whether you are a professional photographer or an amateur honing newly learned skills.

4. Gain Firsthand Knowledge From Experts

FeatherFest brings together well-known authors and photographers, highly respected ornithologists, and knowledgeable local guides to act as tour and workshop leaders. This provides the invaluable opportunity to learn directly from subject matter experts in the fields of birding and photography.

5. Marvel at the Incredible Diversity of Birds

Uniquely situated in the middle of two major migratory flyways, Galveston Island is not to be missed during spring migration! As birds return northward from South America to their breeding grounds in North America, they stop here to rest and refuel with food and water. Over 200 species of birds are typically seen during FeatherFest, including year-round residents, late-wintering birds, and migrants.

Many field trips fill quickly, so be sure to register soon! You can find all the details at

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Kristine Rivers Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council

Kristine Rivers has been an avid birder since childhood. As an adult, she loves sharing her passion for nature with people of all ages, encouraging them to slow down and have fun as they observe the world around them. She founded Birding for Fun in 2015, providing guided tours and workshops that embrace her philosophy that birding should be accessible to everyone.