The Great Texas Birding Classic

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25th Annual Birding Classic

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

2021 Team Roster
Tournament Dates: April 15-May 15, 2021
2021 artwork
2021 official artwork by Christina Baal (Belted Kingfisher)
Conservation Grant Deadline: May 1, 2021

What is the Birding Classic? Who can join the fun?

While the registration period for the 2021 Birding Classic has closed and the event is underway, it's never to early to plan for next year!

  • 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.

This event is made possible by donations from event sponsors Texas Ornithological Society and Toyota, Awards Ceremony sponsor Audubon Texas, and 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!

Texas Parks and Wildlife has updated the 2021 Birding Classic rules to be in compliance with Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-34 which is in effect starting March 10, 2021

How to Participate gives you a step-by-step guide to help you register and plan your tournament day.

The health and safety of our Birding Classic participants, staff, and the birding community are paramount, so we made some rule modifications and tweaked tournament categories to better suit the ever-evolving pandemic guidelines for the state of Texas. Review all 2021 tournament rules here. The tournament categories in 2021 were also changed slightly, so go over the details for each tournament category to learn more about how each category works (length of time in the field, number of team members, dispersed vs. intact flock team rules, etc.).

Visit Tournament Advice and Sponsorship Tips for tips on mentoring youth teams, advice from former winners on how to run a successful Big Day tournament, and even advice on finding team sponsors to save you some money in registration fees.

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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.