Friday, March 10, 2006

Online auction for Great Texas Birding Classic

Would you like to own an original watercolor by artist John P. O'Neill? If so, you can bid on these Black Skimmers during the Great Texas Birding Classic's online auction. It will end April 28 at noon.

Other items up for bid:
- a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher watercolor by Juanita Gibson
- a Black Phoebe watercolor by Maren Phillips
- binoculars
- software
- more on the way!

The online auction and its real-time counterpart in late April will raise money to be distributed as conservation grant dollars. Those dollars will go conservation projects selected by winning teams in the Classic, "the longest and wildest birding event in North America."

This year, the Classic celebrates its 10th anniversary and its success in raising $500,000 for habitat conservation in the Lone Star State. In previous years, young birders sponsored by WildBird earned the privilege of choosing conservation projects to receive the grant dollars. In fact, the WildBird team won or shared first place in the weeklong tournament six times and won second place once.

This year, WildBird teamed with Nikon Sport Optics to sponsor a team of four young birders in the weeklong tourney. More details soon!


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