Galveston Island State Park has two thousand acres of surf, beach, dunes, coastal prairie, fresh-water ponds, wetlands, bayous and bay shoreline. It is a richly diverse preserve with hundreds of species of wildlife — you may see roseate spoonbills resting in an oak mott, tree frogs croaking out their mating calls, skimmers nesting in terraced wetlands, egrets fishing the ponds, coyotes prowling the nighttime grassland, sandpipers skittering in the surf and pelicans surveying from high above.
For recreation, you can swim at the beach, hike or bike the miles of trails, kayak the wetlands and fish the bay or surf. The Park is also a science laboratory for naturalists and students of marsh ecology, bird migration, shoreline stability and wildlife habitat.
Diane Wilson was in Galveston for this week’s Plastic Pollution Prevention Symposium. In 1989 Diane, then a shrimp boat captain in Calhoun County, began her battle against Formosa Plastics.
It took thirty years but Diane finally prevailed, winning a $50 million settlement after a judge ruled the company illegally dumped billions of plastic pellets (also known as nurdles) and other pollutants into Lavaca Bay and other waterways*. In addition, the company agreed to comply with a zero-discharge of all plastics in the future and to clean up existing pollution.
Texas Parks and Wildlife has introduced a new online reservation system designed to make Park access more efficient. This system will not only allow you to make camping/lodging reservations but you can also obtain a day pass. If you’ve made a reservation at a Texas State Park in the last three years, you should already have an account that will give you access to this system; otherwise, you can create a new account. Give it a try!
Almost 100 visitors braved the cool temperature and strong wind to attend our first Nature Walkabout. They enjoyed a number of displays, presentations, and games; many took the opportunity to walk one of the Park’s trails and throw seed balls into the coastal prairie.
Due to staffing shortages, the Park needs help with activities such as mowing, invasive species control, and pesticide application. These are typically carried out on Tuesday mornings under the supervision of Pedro Aguiar, Maintenance Specialist. Note that some of these activities require training from Pedro.
IT IS ESSENTIAL that you contact Pedro before coming out to the Park. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Park Office at 409-737-1222.