2018 brings a big year for birds and those who appreciate them. Especially since it is the Year of the Bird, marking the 100-year anniversary of the passing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, protecting migratory birds from any harm, transport or sell. Why is this important you may ask? Southeast Texas is home to two major migratory flyways, harboring high bird counts throughout the area. Our region is a haven for these birds, giving birders and those who love nature wonderful sights to see.

If you didn’t know, then now you know, that Beaumont and the surrounding areas are a premier birding destination for not only Texas and the Unites States, but the world as well. With our unique position within three diverse habitats, Southeast Texas offers a variety of birds in the wetlands of Cattail Marsh and Anahuac Wildlife Refuge, piney woods of the Big Thicket and coastal shore of Sea Rim State Park.

Not only is this year recognized as the Year of the Bird, but it is also the year the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau is launching the Beaumont Birding Package, that offers a special discounted hotel rate along with a unique Birder’s Welcome Bag. The Birder’s Welcome Bag is picked up at check-in, and includes a custom Birding Itinerary, Souvenir Book, Birding Checklist, Trail Maps, and one Beaumont Birdie.

We are excited to share the great developments that are coming in the new year, especially with our birding and outdoor opportunities. We are lucky to have such a fantastic location within a 40-mile radius of diverse ecosystems that lend the area to great adventures outdoors.

The Cornell Lab, National Geographic, and National Audubon Society collaborated in this project to engage and inspire people around the world to commit to protecting birds today, and for the next 100 years. Everyone can make a difference, and we hope that you take the time to Visit Beaumont and check out what is taking place in 2018. If you are interested in taking action in making a difference for our birds and planet, see what you can do with National Geographic at BirdYourWorld.org.


Photo Credit: John Landsittel

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