Galveston FeatherFest takes flight April 10-13, 2014

GINTC’s signature project is the Island’s annual birding and nature photography festival held the second weekend in April during early spring migration. Galveston is one of the top locations in the country for birding because it hosts a wide variety of habitats in a small geographical area where some 300 species make their permanent or temporary home throughout the year. The Island also sits astride the 95th meridian, the dead center of trans-Gulf migration routes. Mark your calendar now to attend the largest birding festival on the Upper Texas Coast, and the only one with a dedicated nature photography track!
The 12th Annual FeatherFest will be held April 10-13, 2014.

Photo Credit: Laszlo Perlaky


FeatherFest 2013 had a record crowd of 625 birders and photographers attending more than 100 workshops and field trips!

Throughout the four-day festival, students and Island visitors enjoyed up-close and personal Birds of Prey programs on The Strand and in area schools. Talented photographers from around the state entered more than 200 images in the annual Photo Contest.

Seven new species recorded this year, but never before seen during FeatherFest, include the Baybreasted Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Philadelphia Vireo, Golden Crowned Kinglet, Short-eared Owl and an exciting write-in added to the official bird board, the Violet Green Swallow.

Willets on Galveston East End,
Photo Credit: Ed Ferrin

Royal Terns at Texas City Dike,
Photo Credit: Jon Thurman

Anhinga in Brazos Bend State Park.
Photo Credit: Jimmy Kall

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