“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

The Birds of Galveston

Nature at the Beach

The Birds of Galveston Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 9, 2015
1. The Birds of Galveston Marker
Inscription. Galveston is a narrow barrier island that hugs the upper Texas coast. This slender sliver of sand and beach hosts a precious diversity of wildlife, especially birds. Sandpipers, plovers, herons, egrets, waterfowl, gulls, terns, hawks, falcons, warblers, and vireos are examples of birds that congregate on the island in staggering numbers. As did John James Audubon when he visited the island in April 1837, one can still marvel over “the Snipes innumerable, the Blackbirds, the Gallinules, and the Curlews that surround us.”

When Audubon visited he found an island vegetated only with grasses, cacti, and dune and marsh plants. With settlement came trees and shrubs. Today the island supports not only birds typical of a barrier island but forest species as well.

Many of these forest birds are migrants that cross the Gulf of Mexico during spring and fall. These neotropical migrants depend on the island for food and shelter as they pass through during their seasonal journeys to the tropics in Central and South America. Birders from around the world travel to Galveston to witness this miracle of migration and the seasonal passage of hundreds of thousands of warblers, tanagers, orioles, and buntings.

Visit East End Lagoon Park and Nature Preserve, Corps Woods, and Galveston Island State Park
The Birds of Galveston Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 9, 2015
2. The Birds of Galveston Marker
to experience the spectacular birds of our island. Your first glimpse of a Roseate Spoonbill, Ruddy Turnstone, or Black-necked Stilt will be vividly etched in your memory, and the sight of a Painted Bunting singing from the top of a toothache tree will remain with you for a lifetime. Even a few minutes along the Galveston seawall can be rewarding with thousands of Laughing Gulls and Brown Pelicans swirling over the Gulf within armís reach, and you might spy a Peregrine Falcon swooping down from a nearby roost to snare an unsuspecting pigeon.

No day in Galveston is without birds. Each offers a new and exciting panoply of birdlife, each moment worthy of being experienced and cherished in its own right. Therefore we welcome you to return to our island again and again to experience its people, its beaches, its history, and, yes, its birds.
Erected by Fermata and Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council.
Location. 29° 16.378′ N, 94° 48.873′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker can be reached from Seawall Boulevard 0.3 miles east of 53rd Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Galveston TX 77551, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
The Campeche/Galveston Island<br>and Birds of Galveston Markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 9, 2015
3. The Campeche/Galveston Island
and Birds of Galveston Markers
The Birds of Galveston marker is on the right
markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Campeche / Galveston Island (a few steps from this marker); Galveston Seawall and Grade Raising (within shouting distance of this marker); Beach Invertebrates (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peter Leroy Colombo (approx. half a mile away); "Ducky's Beach" (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Italian Vault (approx. one mile away); Rosewood Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Baden-Sproule House (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
More about this marker. As noted on the marker, “This interpretive sign was made possible by a generous donation from Carter Ware and the National Honor Society of Galveston Ball High School. Photos by Ted Eubanks”.
Categories. Environment
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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