Blazing Trails at the East End Lagoon

If you haven’t visited the East End Lagoon lately, you may want to reconsider. Recently, walking trails and signs have been added to the nearly 700-acre parcel that will enhance your experience there. The Galveston Park Board in cooperation with its partners, the East End Lagoon Advisory Committee and the tourism council, brought these improvements to fruition and plan several more. On tap for the area are improved access to fishing and human-powered boating (like kayaking), overnight camping, and the construction of an open-air pavilion that will serve as an interpretive center.

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Top 5 Reasons to Bird in the Winter

Winter migration is in full effect, and this is the only time of year you can see some of the exciting migrants currently overwintering in our area – species such as Sandhill Cranes, American Kestrels, Belted Kingfishers, Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Loons, Vermilion Flycatchers, and too many others to mention.

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Time to Freshen Up!

It’s interesting to watch birds this time of year, because of all the plumage changes that are occurring. Adults of many species are molting from non-breeding (or basic) plumage into breeding (or alternate) plumage, and juvenile birds are molting into adult plumage. It’s not just feathers that get a new look for breeding season; in many species, increasing hormone levels cause color changes to facial skin, bills, and legs. All these variations in plumage happening at the same time provide a great opportunity to brush up on your identification skills.

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Have You Seen These Amazing Birds?

If you’ve ever seen Sandhill Cranes, you know they are large, elegant birds – standing nearly 4 feet tall, they are hard to miss! If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? You can see Sandies, as they are affectionately called, on Galveston Island and in nearby areas now through the end of winter.

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