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You don't have to be an experienced birder to enjoy these field trips! As your guide, I will be spotting and identifying the birds that we see, and making sure that you have as much time as you like to enjoy watching them, learning about them, and photographing them. The trips are fun and relaxing, and a great way to enjoy nature with friends and family.

Tour participants will ride in air-conditioned comfort in a passenger van, where they will be able to get close views of the birds without doing a lot of hiking. These field trips are perfect for those who want to stay out of the weather but still want to enjoy nature, and for those with limited mobility.

We're also pleased to offer birding trips by boat in partnership with Marine Nature & Birding Tours.

Details on the meeting location will be provided with your registration confirmation. Parking is free unless otherwise noted.

Private tours to these and other locations are also available upon arrangement, including groups or families with younger children. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kristine Rivers at kristine@birdingforfun.com or 832-372-8236.

Guided Tour of Bolivar Peninsula: February 15
Mini-Tour of Galveston Island's West End: February 22
Guided Tour of Coastal Texas & Rio Grande Valley: February 28-March 3 (4 days / 3 nights) NEW TOUR!
Guided Tour of Galveston Island: March 8
Guided Tour of San Luis Pass & Surfside Beach: March 15
Birding & Photography Boat Tour of Galveston's West Bay: March 22

GUIDED TOUR OF BOLIVAR PENINSULA
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15
8AM – 1PM

Ages: 12 to Adult (Limited to 8 participants)

Cost: $50 per person ($45 for GINTC members)

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Sit back and enjoy the ride as we take you on a guided tour of Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island's East End, in air-conditioned/heated comfort, without having to do a lot of hiking! We'll ride the ferry over to the Bolivar Peninsula, watching for Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins along the way. Once on the other side, we'll visit historic Fort Travis Seashore Park, where we'll look for Marbled Godwits, Long-billed Curlews, and Black-bellied Plovers as well as other shorebirds. Then we'll go to the Houston Audubon Society's Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, which has been recognized as a Globally Important Bird Area, where you'll get the opportunity to see Least Sandpipers, Piping Plovers, Ruddy Turnstones, Reddish Egrets, Black Skimmers, Red-breasted Mergansers, Belted Kingfishers, Ospreys, and many other species of interest. You may want to bring snacks and drinks.

Registration deadline: February 13 at 5pm


Marbled Godwits

Black Skimmers

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MINI-TOUR OF GALVESTON ISLAND'S WEST END
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22
CHOOSE ONE:
8AM – 10AM (2 spots available);
10:30AM – 12:30PM (2 spots available)
1:30PM – 3:30PM SOLD OUT

Ages: 12 to Adult (Limited to 2 participants per tour time)

Cost: $25 per person / 2 for $40

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This shortened version of our popular full-length tour of Galveston Island's West End is a great introduction to the fun and fascination of our tours! You'll get the opportunity to see Ospreys, White-tailed Kites, Reddish Egrets, Neotropic Cormorants, and other Texas Gulf Coast specialties up close, without doing a lot of hiking!

Registration deadline: February 21 at 5pm


Osprey

Neotropic Cormorant

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GUIDED TOUR OF COASTAL TEXAS & RIO GRANDE VALLEY   NEW TOUR!
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28 – SUNDAY, MARCH 3 (4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS)
7AM Departure on Day 1 / 6PM Arrival
on Day 4

Ages: Adult (6 spots remaining)

Cost: $1,250 per person / 2 for $2,300
Deposit of $625 per person required; balance must be paid by February 22

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If you've always wanted to visit the Rio Grande Valley, but don't think you would enjoy those fast-paced and often strenuous birding tours offered by other tour companies, this is the tour for you! In true Birding for Fun style, we provide the transportation for the entire trip from Galveston to the Valley and back, birding at hotspots along the way. No need to fly to the Valley to meet us there; no need to deal with the aggravation of airports and taxis!

We'll visit many wonderful Texas coastal birding destinations, beginning and ending in Galveston, and including Matagorda, Padre Island National Seashore, and Boca Chica. We'll also visit exciting Valley birding hotspots such as Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Estero Llano Grande State Park, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center, and Anzalduas Dam and County Park. Our plan is to spend two full days birding in the Valley. You'll get the opportunity to see Green Jays, Plain Chachalacas, Great Kiskadees, Harris' Hawks, Bald Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Green and Ringed Kingfishers, Curve-billed Thrashers, Wild Turkeys, and too many other Texas Gulf Coast specialties and winter migrants to mention!

Registration deadline: February 22

Please read About Our Tours for detailed information regarding what the price of the tour includes, lodging arrangements, refund policy, etc. Please note that all participants are required to execute the Assumption of Risk and Liability Release Agreement prior to leaving on the tour.


Green Jays

Great Kiskadee

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GUIDED TOUR OF GALVESTON ISLAND
FRIDAY, MARCH 8
8AM – 3PM

Ages: 12 to Adult (Limited to 8 participants)

Cost: $65 per person ($60 for GINTC members)

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Sit back and enjoy the ride as we take you on a guided tour of some of the best birding spots on Galveston Island! You'll get the opportunity to see Common Loons, Long-billed Curlews, White-tailed Kites, Reddish Egrets, Red-breasted Mergansers, Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, and many other winter waterfowl and Texas Gulf Coast specialties up close, without doing a lot of hiking! Come find out why Galveston is one of the premiere birding destinations in the United States. There's so much to see we'll need a full day! We'll take a break for lunch mid-day (cost of lunch not included.) You may want to bring snacks and drinks.

Registration deadline: March 6 at 5pm


Long-billed Curlew

Bufflehead

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GUIDED TOUR OF SAN LUIS PASS & SURFSIDE BEACH
FRIDAY, MARCH 15
8AM – 3PM

Ages: 12 to Adult (Limited to 8 participants)

Cost: $65 per person ($60 for GINTC members)

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Endorsed by

Join us as we go off-road and drive the beach to take you on a guided tour of San Luis Pass & Surfside Beach! We'll give you the best opportunities to see Black Skimmers, Reddish Egrets, Neotropic Cormorants, Ruddy Turnstones, Semipalmated Plovers, and many other shorebirds up close, without doing a lot of hiking!

We'll take a break for lunch at a local restaurant mid-day (cost of lunch not included.) You may want to bring snacks and drinks.

Registration deadline: March 13 at 5pm


Black Skimmers

Ruddy Turnstone

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BIRDING & PHOTOGRAPHY BOAT TOUR OF GALVESTON'S WEST BAY
SATURDAY, MARCH 23
CHOOSE ONE:
SUNRISE TOUR 7AM – 10AM; OR
SUNSET TOUR 3:30PM – 6:30PM

Ages: 12 to Adult (Limited to 5 participants per tour time)

Cost: $140 per person ($130 for GINTC members) / 2 for $250

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Looking for more adventure? Join us for an exciting birding and photography trip by boat exploring Galveston's West Bay! You'll get the opportunity to see and photograph Brown Pelicans, American Oystercatchers, Ospreys, and even Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins while enjoying the fresh air and sea spray. You might want to bring a jacket, as it can be a bit windy.

Registration deadline: March 21; minimum of 2 required per tour for trip to occur

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