The team was sponsored this year by GSM / Regional Pool Alliance / NorthStar Recovery who all paid the entry fees for this team of over-achieving amazing middle school students. A big thank you goes out to Travis McDavid for correlating the sponsorship of this team so that they could compete.
To compete in the “Human Powered Division” of the Classic, the following rules had to be followed:
- A maximum of 5 team members
- All birds identified must be seen/heard after the team has become fully human-powered (walking, bicycles, kayaks, canoes, etc.).
- No motorized vehicles may be used to move between locations once tournament day has begun.
The team chose to find and count bird species in the Port Aransas area by bicycle. The team traveled a total of 12 miles by bicycle and explored the many wetlands, beaches, shorelines, and prairie areas of the Port Aransas area. A grand total of 88 birds were documented. Woo hoo!!!
We will know how all of our birding teams do in the state tournament compared to other teams across the state on Saturday, June 9th at the awards ceremony in San Antonio. Stay tuned for that!
The 22nd annual Birding Classic is taking place between April 15 – May 15, 2018. It has been called the world's biggest, longest and wildest birdwatching tournament. The mission statement of the Classic is: To increase appreciation, understanding, and conservation of birds through education, recreation, nature tourism, and conservation fundraising. The birding program at FLC has been set up to mirror those same goals of increasing appreciation, understanding, and conservation of birds through the education of our youth.