Each year the Coastal Bend Audubon Society holds its annual fundraising event called Big Day. Paula McKinney joined Bill Churchwell on 3 News First Edition with the details.
Q. Tell us about this fundraiser, BIG DAY?
A. Our annual fundraiser, BIG DAY will be on Saturday, October 29. The objective is to get people outdoors, count birds and simply enjoy the outdoors. It can be for a few hours, or the full day – you make your own schedule. A team can be formed with three, four, or five people and they go out and count bird species in areas of their choice throughout the Coastal Bend. It's that simple. At the end of the day we get together for a dinner, share our bird lists and funny stories of the day, and bid on our silent auction. Proceeds from this event help to fund scholarships and enhance birding habitats.
Q. Who can form teams? Is it targeted to a particular age group or individuals?
A. No, this event is open to everyone, no matter the age or gender. In fact it's a great way to get a bunch of friends together to form a team, or families taking the kids out, or if you are an individual and are looking to be placed on a team – we can find a team for you. Registration is open through October 21st.
Q. Do you need any experience?
A. No, it's open to all birding experience levels, from novice to expert. If in doubt, take a picture. At the end of the day we compile a list of all the species that have been sighted throughout. Last year the winning team counted 114 species. We're hopeful we can raise that number this year.
Q. What bird species can we expect to find?
A. That's always the exciting part of the day. Of course we will find the typical birds everyone is familiar with – herons, egrets, grackles, doves, laughing gulls etc., but the fall migration is in full swing so we are hopeful we will find some of those migratory species to add to our list.