The Great Texas Birding Classic

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24th Annual Birding Classic

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

2020 artwork
2020 official artwork by Craig Farquhar (American Avocets)

Once-in-a-Lifetime Fall Birding Classic Scheduled for October 1-31, 2020!

The health and safety of our Birding Classic participants, staff, and the birding community are paramount. We therefore have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Great Texas Birding Classic. 

We will host this modified Birding Classic from October 1-31, 2020, during peak fall migration for a once-in-a-lifetime version of this popular event.

Updated registration forms, special pandemic-friendly tournament categories, modified rules, and more will be posted by August 10, so please check back soon.

What Is the Birding Classic?

  • Birders of all ages and levels of experience 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 your team during the tournament.

Visit Tournament Advice tips on mentoring youth teams, advice from former winners on how to run a successful Big Day or the Weeklong tournament,and  pointers on birding with blind or visually impaired birders.

This event is made possible by donations from event sponsors Toyota and the Texas Ornithological Society, 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!2018 sponsors

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Stay informed on Birding Classic registration deadlines, conservation grant proposal due dates, tips leading up to the big event, and more.

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.

 

2019 Birding Classic Final Results

Photos from the Field - 2019 Teams