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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.

Boat Tour to North Deer Island Rookery – May 25

8AM – 12PM

Location: Texas Seaport Museum
2100 Harborside Dr., Galveston, TX 77550

Ages: 12 to Adult

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

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This special birding tour aboard the SS Seagull II will give you a rare chance to view the North Deer Island Rookery, which is located in Galveston Bay between Tiki Island and West Galveston. The protected shorelines of this and other small nearby islands host over 12,000 nesting pairs of birds of many different species, including Brown Pelicans, Roseate Spoonbills and Great Blue Herons. The boat will drift around this protected, no-trespassing rookery, while we observe nesting birds in their full breeding plumage. The viewing distance will be determined by the tides and prevailing winds.

During this wonderful boat ride to the rookery, which takes about an hour, you will hone your skills for identifying bay birds in flight: Brown Pelicans, American Avocets, various species of terns, cormorants, gulls, Reddish Egrets, Tri-colored Herons, and Magnificent Frigatebirds. We will also see pods of dolphins.

This special tour also includes a visit to Pier 19 in Galveston, as well as the wreckage of the SS Selma near Pelican Island.

The boat is a 45-passenger open air catamaran. Please use the restroom facilities in the museum prior to boarding. Although many photo opportunities will be available, large cameras with tripods are not recommended. You may also want to bring snacks and drinks.

We will begin boarding at 8am sharp, so please plan on arriving at least 15 minutes early. Price of parking in museum parking lot is not included.

Trip size is limited to 40 participants. Registration deadline: May 21

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SS Seagull II

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