FeatherFest opens up new classes to kids

The 12th annual FeatherFest Birding and Nature Photography Festival is scheduled for April 10-13. Stennie Meadours will lead the FledglingFest events for kids.

Courtesy photo by Stennie Meadours

GALVESTON — Islanders and visitors from around the state and country celebrate the homecoming of more than 200 species of birds that touch down in Galveston during their migration northward during the FeatherFest Birding and Nature Photography Festival.

FledglingFest, a new collection of classes and field trips designed for children ages 6 and older with accompanying adults, aims to introduce families to the wonders of nature and birding.

“By offering FledglingFest events for our youngest, and often most curious explorers, we hope to introduce future leaders to the importance of nature observation and conservation,” said the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council’s President, Diane Olsen.

The four-day event, scheduled for April 10-13, is headquartered at the campus of the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Program in the Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway, features more than 100 birding and photography field trips, workshops and social events.

Free Birds of Prey raptor shows at Galveston’s downtown Saengerfest Park and FeatherFest headquarters are scheduled for the public’s enjoyment throughout the weekend.

The public also is invited to browse the Birders’ Bazaar, a collection of professional photographers, artisans, nature travel and birding and photography equipment vendors at FeatherFest headquarters.

All field trips and workshops offered feature skill level and physical activity ratings, ranging from easy and beginner to strenuous and advanced. During Ready Set Go! Big Day Birding Adventure, four teams of eight birders will compete to identify as many feathered species as possible during eight hours.

FeatherFest is a project of the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council.

At a glance

WHAT: 12th annual FeatherFest Birding and Nature Photography Festival

WHEN: April 10-13

WHERE: Various places across Galveston

Coming Wednesday

Look for the first week’s winners of the FeatherFest PhotoFest Contest. The weekly photo contest sponsored by the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council and The Daily News runs in conjunction with FeatherFest, the island’s annual birding and nature photography festival set for April 10-13. To enter next week’s contest, photos must be emailed to photocontestfeatherfest@gmail.com by 10 p.m. today.

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