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Not to Miss Birding Festivals on the Upper Texas Coast

Not to Miss Birding Festivals on the Upper Texas Coast

The Upper Texas Coast offers the best spots for birding during Spring Migration and hosts several birding festivals for avid and novice birders. See our list below for more ideas to enjoy the Upper Texas Coast during Spring Migration.  

Birding Festivals in the region include the following:

March 24 – 26, Matagorda Bay Birdfest in Palacios. Choose from fourteen bird tours, enjoy the Saturday Palacios Parade of Birds, raptor display, and various speakers during the Birdfest weekend. Matagorda County leads the nation in the number of bird species counted in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count for 20 of the last 25 years. (Matagorda County)

April 1, High Island Sanctuaries Free Admission Day. Houston Audubon is opening its sanctuaries to free admission from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Explore the Kathrine G. McGovern Canopy Walkway, The Rookery at Clay Bottom Pond at Smith Oaks, the drip at Katrina’s Corner at Smith Oaks, Purkey’s Pond at Boy Scout Woods, and enjoy miles of trails and boardwalks. Check-in at visitor kiosks at Smith Oaks and Boy Scout Woods.

April 1, Wings Over Surfside hosted by Bird City Surfside. The event offers speakers, a live birds of prey program, crafts, art, wine tasting, and other activities. Activities take place at the Surfside Bird and Butterfly Trail at 418 Parkview.

April 20-23, FeatherFest Birding & Nature Photography Festival. Whether you’re a serious or casual bird-watcher, nature photographer, or someone who wants some exercise, fresh air, and a touch of sunshine, purchase tickets to FeatherFest. FeatherFest is four fun-filled days of incredible birding and nature photography field trips throughout the area, including Anuhuac, Beaumont, High Island, League City, Pearland, Seabrook, and more. (Galveston County and Jefferson County)

April 29-30, Migration Celebration at the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters Campus. Activities at San Bernard include a Birds of Prey show, air rifle target shooting, bow and arrow target shooting, butterfly encounters, fishing, a touch tank, kayaking, and more. The Migration Celebration is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service event from the Texas Mid-coast National Wildlife Complex underwritten by the Friends of the Brazoria Wildlife Refuges. (Brazoria County)

For more ideas on exploring the Upper Texas Coast, click Things to Do and search by category.  

Lone Star Coastal Alliance is committed to promoting nature and heritage tourism and outdoor recreation opportunities in Jefferson, Galveston, Brazoria, and Matagorda Counties. 

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