Best Time to Bird in Parks is Now Print
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Sunday, 16 March 2014 12:34

Best Time to Bird in Parks is Now

adult pointing, child looking through binocularsIt begins now − the majestic northward migration of hundreds of bird species heading to their summer homes. Grab a pair of binoculars and you’re in business. Optional helpful items: a field guide (you can also look up birds you see on web sites such as Cornell’s All About Birds or a mobile birding app), and an interested friend or two. Here are three ways to bird in state parks:

  • Wing it – Visit a state park with a birding checklist and see what you can find. Make it part of a picnic or hike.
  • Attend a state park birding event – Check the Birding Events Calendar to learn where and when you can bird with a group or a park ranger.
  • Enter the Great Texas Birding ClassicThe State Park category is open to all ages of park visitors, as well as park employees. Teams of 3-5 birders select a state park to bird from and a date that fits their schedule during the Birding Classic tournament from April 15-May 15. Teams spend a single day in the park identifying as many birds as possible. The team that IDs the most species wins and gets to select a project that will receive a conservation grant. The Registration deadline for participating teams (all fees and forms are due) is April 1. Watch a video to see what it's all about.

Birding builds an appetite so don’t forget snacks or a picnic.