World’s Largest Birding Tournament Raises Money for Texas Birds


AUSTIN Famous for being the biggest, longest and wildest birding tournament in the country, this year’s Great Texas Birding Classic raised $45,000 for projects to benefit birds and other wildlife. , said a press release from the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Celebrating its 26th year, the tournament has raised $1.1 million for on-the-ground conservation work to acquire, restore and enhance wildlife habitat.

More than 1,000 Texans from across the state participated in the competition for all ages to see and listen to as many bird species as possible.

“The Great Texas Birding Classic takes place during the spectacular spring migration and this year did not disappoint,” said Shelly Plante, nature tourism manager for the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, in the press release. “Participants spotted a record 425 bird species. The tournament offers people a fun way to spend time outdoors while raising money for a good cause.

Youth team mentor Nicole Biggerstaff said in the press release: “We were so impressed with the children’s ability to focus and identify the birds. They completely loved him. I really feel like we’ve sparked a love for nature, the outdoors, and birdwatching in these young children’s lives!

Birding Classic winning teams can select projects to fund. Here are the grants awarded in West Texas:


$5,000 Intact Flock Toyota Upper Texas Coast Big Day Conservation Grant – Selected by Free Falling Falcons.

Project: BJ Bishop Wetlands: Creating Space for Birds and People – presented by the Big Bend Conservation Alliance.

Project location: Presidio, Presidio County.

This event is made possible through team sponsorships and entry fees, donations from event sponsors Toyota and the Texas Ornithological Society, and awards ceremony sponsor, Audubon Texas. For more information, visit the TPWD Great Texas Birding Classic page.


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