The Great Texas Birding Classic

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22nd Annual Birding Classic
Tournament dates: April 15 – May 15, 2018

The world’s biggest, longest, wildest birdwatching tournament in the U.S.!

Team Registration Deadline: April 1, 2018
Conservation Grant Project Submission Deadline: May 1, 2018

 What is the Birding Classic? Who can join the fun?
2018 official artwork by Allie Rowland (Groove-billed Ani)

  • All levels and ages of birders are welcome to join this Texas birdwatching event during the amazing spring migration.
  • There's a tournament category for everyone - from the beginning backyard birder to the competitive lister!
  • Registration fees raise money for Texas bird and birding conservation project grants.
  • Gather your team, register, and go birding - it's truly that simple.

How to Participate gives you a step-by-step guide to help you put together and enter your team.

Visit Tournament Advice and Sponsorship Tips for tips on mentoring youth teams, advice from former winners on how to run a successful Big Day or the Weeklong tournament, pointers on birding with blind or visually impaired birders, and even advice on finding team sponsors to save you some money in registration fees.

This event is made possible by donations from event sponsors, team registration fees and corporate and community team sponsorship. Habitat conservation grants awarded are funded through Event Sponsorship and registration fees. The birds are counting on you!

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Have questions? Visit the contact section to talk directly to Birding Classic staff.  


Mission Statement

To increase appreciation, understanding, and conservation of birds through education, recreation, nature tourism, and conservation fundraising.

Thanks to all of the teams, youth mentors, event sponsors Texas Ornithological Society, Toyota, Swarovski Optik, and Awards Ceremonies sponsor Audubon Texas for making 2017 an outstanding success!

2017 Birding Classic Final Results