The Great Texas Birding Classic

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25th Annual Birding Classic

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

2021 artwork
2021 official artwork by Christina Baal (Belted Kingfisher)

Mark Your Calendars Now!
Tournament: April 15-May 15, 2021
Registration Deadline: April 1, 2021

More details will be added by the end of January.

2020 Birding Classic is a Wrap!

2020 Birding Classic Final Results
2020 Conservation Grants
October 1-31, 2020

Thanks to the 138 teams, event sponsors, and individuals who helped make this unique Fall Birding Classic a great success.

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 2020 tournament rules here. The tournament categories in 2020 were also changed slightly, so go over the details for each tournament category to learn more about what those changes meant.

This event was made possible by donations from event sponsors Toyota, the Texas Ornithological Society, Swarovski Optik North America, 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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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