Archive for February 4th, 2011

2011 Birding Classic, 2

Friday, February 4th, 2011

This is Passport to Texas

Each year the Great Texas Birding Classic donates habitat conservation money to projects on the Texas coast.

14—To date we’ve donated well over 700-thousand dollars to on the ground habitat conservation projects. That’s acquisition projects, restoration projects, and enhancement projects. The Texas coast is a better place for birders as a result of the birding classic.

I’d wager it’s a better place for birds, too. Shelly Plante oversees nature tourism for Texas Parks and Wildlife, and coordinates this event with the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. Teams of birders compete to identify the
most birds during various tournaments.

25—There is a tournament for blind or visually impaired birders called the Out of Sight Song Birder Tournament—we’d love to have more teams for this. These are people who are going to bird by ear. We have a new tournament this year—it’s going to have a trial run—and it is called a human powered tournament.
And this is birding only by foot, canoe or kayak, bicycle—anything human powered. The minute you step into a motorized vehicle, your count it done.

There’s also a tournament called The Big Sit that’s perfect for beginning birders.

08—This is just kind of a tailgate party for birders. It is birding from a single location, a 17-foot diameter circle—for 24 hours.

The event is April 9 through 17, and deadline to register is March 7. Find detailed registration information

We receive support from the Wildlife Restoration program…providing funding for habitat restoration in

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.