The town of Palacios allows you to deepen your connection with nature and with fellow birders at the third annual Matagorda Bay Birdfest, Feb. 15-17. The event offers guided field birding and kayak excursions; a bird parade featuring floats, puppets, and other bird-themed concoctions; speaker sessions hosted by birding experts; and informational booths occupied by Texas Parks and Wildlife, the International Crane Foundation, and more. Matagorda Bay often scores highly on the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, so you won’t be disappointed by its array of feathery friends, and with art, book signings, and environmentalist Dr. Andrew Sansom as a keynote speaker, this event is perfect for anyone who wants to get in touch with and learn more about nature.

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