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TX - Texas Hosts the Biggest, Longest & Wildest Birdwatching Tournament in the Country

AUSTIN—Famous for being the biggest, longest, wildest birdwatching tournament in the country, this year’s Great Texas Birding Classic raised $45,000 for projects to benefit birds and other wildlife.

Celebrating its 26th year, the tournament has raised $1.1 million for on-the-ground conservation work to acquire, restore and enhance wildlife habitat.

More than 1,000 Texans from across the state participated in the all-ages competition to watch and listen for as many species of birds as possible.

“The Great Texas Birding Classic takes place during the spectacular spring migration and this year did not disappoint,” said Shelly Plante, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Nature Tourism Manager. “Participants spotted a record 425 species of birds. The tournament gives people a fun way to spend time outside while raising money for a good cause.”

Youth team mentor Nicole Biggerstaff said, “We were so impressed with the kids’ ability to focus and identify birds. They were completely loving it. I really feel we’ve ignited a love for nature, the outdoors and birding in these young kids’ lives!”

To watch a video about the tournament, click on the link below:

Winning Birding Classic teams get to select which projects to fund. The following is a list of this year’s conservation grants awarded throughout Texas:

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