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April 14, 2016

Big Sit! an Easy, Fun Way to Participate in the Great Texas Birding Classic

Month-long Statewide Birding Competition Starts Friday

AUSTIN – The 20th annual Great Texas Birding Classic kicks off this Friday, April 15. If you missed signing up this year, you still have a chance to participate by joining a Big Sit! team at one of twenty-two birding sites near you.

Often called a “tailgate party for birders,” the Big Sit! is one of eleven different categories within the Birding Classic tournament. Teams participating in the Big Sit! watch and listen over a 24-hour period to identify bird species while remaining within a 17-foot diameter circle. All of the sites listed below are hosting Big Sit! teams and have invited the public to join them, giving them extra eyes and ears in the field looking for birds to list.

If you would like to join a team for a day – or even part of a day – and learn from local bird experts, visit one of the following state parks or nature centers to help their Big Sit! teams. Check the online birding calendar or contact the sites directly for more details. Tournaments run until May 15.

All registration fees and sponsorship dollars go toward conservation grants benefiting birding, nature tourism, and habitat restoration and enhancement projects throughout Texas. Some winning teams even help select which projects will be funded. Overall last year, the tournament raised $25,000 for conservation grants—a 40 percent increase from the previous year. Since its inception in 1997, the Great Texas Birding Classic has awarded conservation grants totaling $844,500

To find out more about the tournament and see all of the teams participating this year, visit

For information on this year’s 20th Anniversary, watch this video news report.

To see a video of the Big Sit! Tournament, click here.

The following sites are hosting Big Sit! teams open to the public:


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