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Mary Beth Bassett
Public Relations Director
Office: (409)797-5121
mbassett@galvestoncvb.com

Caitlin Carnes
Public Reliations Manager
Office: (409) 797-5121
ccarnes@galvestoncvb.com

Clayton Kolavo
Social Media Strategist
Office: (409)797-5120
ckolavo@galvestoncvb.com


Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room
Media Contact
Caitlin Carnes
Public Reliations Manager
Galveston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office: (409) 797-5121
Email: ccarnes@galvestoncvb.com
In Galveston, Spring is for the Birds
 
GALVESTON, Texas (Feb. 27, 2020) – This spring, the Galveston bird scene takes flight during migration season. Galveston is uniquely positioned along the Central Flyway, a broad, hourglass-shaped migratory flight path that extends from Alaska to South America. More than three hundred species of birds stop here on their way south or north, and the best months to see them are March and April. Several noteworthy events will take place in March and April that are sure to delight bird watchers and nature enthusiasts.
 
The Lost Bird Project: March 29 - Sept. 13
The Eskimo Curlew will make its return to Galveston as a six-foot-tall memorial sculpture when it is unveiled on March 29 at the Galveston Island State Park. Before its extinction, the Eskimo Curlew’s last fully documented sighting was here on the island back in 1962.
 
The memorial sculpture, commissioned by the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council (GINTC), plus a special exhibit of five other extinct birds are all part of The Lost Bird Project by artist Todd McGrain. The exhibit will be on display in the gardens of The Bryan Museum through Sept. 13. A full day of public activities are planned for the March 29 sculpture unveiling and exhibit opening and can be found at www.galvestonnaturetourism.org/the-lost-bird-project/
 
GINTC, Houston Audubon, and The Bryan Museum have partnered to bring these elements of The Lost Bird Project to the island. There is no charge to view the exhibit and learn about these once-thriving birds. The thought-provoking memorial links art with natural history and highlights humans’ impact on biodiversity. The Lost Bird Project has been exhibited at 14 museums across the country, including the Smithsonian. It is also the subject of a feature-length documentary film.


FeatherFest: April 16-19
From April 16-19, the18th anniversary of Galveston FeatherFest will take place on Galveston Island. Hosted by the GINTC, FeatherFest is the largest birding festival in Texas and the only one with a dedicated nature photography track. The event features unique outdoor field trips, workshops and social events for nature enthusiasts of all skill levels. FeatherFest is held during the spring bird migration – the best time to visit world-renowned Galveston area birding hot spots. For registration and more information, visit www.galvestonfeatherfest.com.
 
About Galveston Island Eco-tourism
Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. Galveston boasts natural wonders that are ripe for exploring all year long, including 32 miles of beaches. Popular eco-tourism activities include birding, fishing, hiking, kayaking, wildlife observation and more. For more information on Galveston Island visit www.galveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.
 
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