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By rgibbons March 6, 2017
GTBC poster 2017

Red-winged Blackbirds by Billy Hassell

Birding Classic Registration Now Open!

It’s time to invite your friends, family, fellow bird or nature club members, and colleagues to be a part of your team for the 2017 Birding Classic! Join more than 100 teams competing all over the state and enjoy one of the best experiences in Texas: spring bird migration.

Novice birders, expert listers, and everyone in between are welcome! There are many categories to choose from based on your birding ability and region of the state. From half day or full day to full week tournaments, there’s something for everyone. Register today!

Find all tournament details online now (, including:

– Participation category descriptions and regional maps
– Advice and tips from previous winning teams
– Tournament rules
– Team registration form

Registration Deadline: April 1, 2017
Tournament Dates: April 15 through May 15 (your choice of day)

Registration fees and sponsorship dollars go toward Conservation Grants for birding, nature tourism, and habitat restoration and enhancement projects throughout Texas. Select winning teams will help choose which projects are funded. The more teams that register, the more funds we can award!

Join us as we celebrate 21 years of great birding and conservation with the Great Texas Birding Classic.
Questions? Email Shelly Plante (, Nature Tourism Manager, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, about the event.