Please join us in congratulating Travis Audubon’s Lost in Austin Young Birders! On Saturday, April 29, five members of Travis Audubon’s Young Birders Club competed in the 22nd Annual Great Texas Birding Classic Roughwings Tournament. Returning team members TJ Jobe (13), Thomas Carnegie (12), and Will Heyer (10) were joined by newcomers Bennett Schulz (11) and Seth Beer (5). The team had 8 hours to identify as many species as possible without the aid of an adult (except for verification). The team started at Commons Ford Park, then went across town to Hornsby Bend, followed by a quick stop at Roy Guerrero Park, then on to Camp Mabry and Reed Neighborhood Park, where they ended the day at Will’s house and identified their 72nd and final species (Blue Jay), taking 2nd place in their category! We are very proud of our young birders and give special thanks to their parents and team lead, Kat Ross, for all their help and support.
The Birding Classic has donated $918,500 in conservation funding to avian habitat restoration, enhancement, and acquisition projects throughout the state. The event is held during spring migration, with registration fees and sponsorships raising money for Texas bird and birding conservation project grants that include a General Conservation Grant, Lone Star Bird Award, State Parks Grant, and Nature Tourism Grant. There’s a tournament category for everyone – from the beginning backyard birders to the competitive listers. Be sure to mark your calendars for 2019, gather your team, register, and go birding!