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.