Thursday through Sunday, the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council is holding its 12th annual FeatherFest, a birding festival.

The event’s headquarters will be in the Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway.

The festival includes two events that are free to the public.

The first is the live raptor show featuring free flying hawks, owls, falcons and the cutest vulture you’ve ever seen.

That show is at 1 p.m. Friday and Sunday in Saengerfest Park. Another show is at 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the headquarters.

This is a great show, especially geared at families and children.

The second is the Birders’ Bazaar, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the community center.

The bazaar features most of the leading optics companies, providing opportunities to learn about binoculars and scopes and test various wares not just for birders but also hunters and fishermen.

The bazaar also includes a wide range of nature related arts and crafts, including jewelry and fabric arts.

Representatives of nature tours in the U.S. and worldwide will be on site.

Pat Jacobi

Galveston

(2) comments

Gary Miller

Cute Vulture?

Susan Fennewald

For anyone interested in buying good binoculars - whether for hunting, sports, or birding- the birder's bazaar gives you an opportunity to try them out. There aren't too many opportunities to try out brands that you've heard of - but have never seen in a store.

OK - maybe vultures aren't cute. But then if you've ever looked at the head of a roseate spoonbill.. that's a face only a mother could love. If you've seen a vulture soaring - you can appreciate their elegance in the sky.

Have you noticed that the island doesn't have any vultures? Vultures don't like to fly over water - they soar on the air currents put up by warm land masses. It's very unusual to see a vulture on the island.

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