Birdathon 2021 Winners Announced

A HUGE thanks to you all who participated in and donated to Birdathon this year! You helped us raise over $26,000. We could not have done this without you!

After much deliberating and double and triple checking of submitted info, we have determined the 2021 winners:

Most species (full day): Too Many Coots (210 species)

Most species (half day): A Wing and a Prairie (52 species)

Most Funds Raised: Gone Pishing ($5,121)

Rarest Bird: Gone Pishing (Glossy Ibis in Hudspeth County)

Reveling in Raptors: Gone Pishing (15 species)

Most Mockingbirds: Hays Hawks (50 individuals)

Neatest Non-bird: Gone Pishing/Toucan Play That Game (Texas Bobcat)

Most Creative Team Name: Toucan Play That Game

Rookie of the Year: Ann Richards Ravens: Clever Girls

Best Yard List: Fisher Hollow Goldies (32 species)

Best Story: Parking Lot Birders
“While birding on Bolivar Flats a woman drove up and asked us if she could bird with us. She was new to birding and feeling a little unsure where to go and what she was looking at. We said – sure, come on. She birded with us for about 2 hours and we had a blast. She is a climate researcher at the University of Texas and we talked in length about the impact of climate change on avian life. That’s the cool thing about birding, you never know who you are going to meet and share a rich experience in nature with. We saw her later in the parking lot of Smith Oaks and turned her onto the concept of Parking Lot Birding.”

Coolest Mask: Teresa from Wing and a Prairie

If you participated in this year’s Birdathon Photography Contest, please know that we are in the process of judging the submissions. This year will take longer than usual because we received over 4 times the number of submissions we have in previous years, which is awesome! Stay tuned for more.


Featured image above: Glossy Ibis from Audubon DAM Database