March 1 - August 31
All challenge finishers will earn a medal and one grand prize winner will receive a Celestron Trailseeker 65 Scope!
The Spring/Summer Baytown Birding Challenge runs from March 1 - August 31, 2019 and is open to birders of all skill levels from around the world.
Find any 50 bird species in Baytown to complete the Challenge. Some species are common and found in many places, while others are rare and may be limited to a specific habitat or part of Baytown.
Challenge Rules & Steps
Pick up your Birding Challenge entry form from the Baytown Tourism Offices at Baytown City Hall, or our visitor kiosk located inside of the Baytown Buc-ee's, or print a form from this page.
For each bird species you find, complete the information on the entry form.
At least one of your birding locations must be at the Baytown Nature Center (BNC). Participants must submit their BNC entrance receipt or a picture of the receipt with their Birding Challenge entry form. Those who obtain a BNC year pass may submit a photo of their pass in lieu of an entry receipt.
Send the completed form to the Baytown Tourism Division at (Tourism Division, Baytown City Hall, 2401 Market Street, Baytown, TX 77520) or email your photocopied form to email@example.com. Completed forms must be postmarked or emailed by September 2, 2019. Forms may also be submitted in person at the Baytown City Hall reception counter during normal business hours. All Challenge completers will receive a Spring/Summer 2019 Birding Challenge medallion.
BONUS CHALLENGE: Birders may find more than 50 bird species throughout the duration of the challenge. The birder with the most found bird species will receive a Celestron Trailseeker 65 birding scope.
The Challenge is open to all ages and all countries.
Only one entry will be accepted per individual. If a participant finds more than 50 species, those species can be documented on additional entry forms, but all forms must be submitted at the same time and clearly marked with the participant's name and information.
Please be thorough in filling out forms and write legibly. Illegible entries will not be counted.
Any information that is filled out on the entry form questionnaire helps in maintaining the Birding Challenge program and future challenges. Please help us by answering the questionnaire fully.
Most importantly, follow the rules set out in the American Birding Association’s Code of Birding Ethics, which can be found at http://listing.aba.org/ethics/. Destruction of bird/natural habitats or stress to the wildlife in Baytown will result in the disqualification of Birding Challenge forms for the current and all future challenges.
Take the Challenge!
Great Baytown Birding Locations:
Baytown Nature Center
6213 Bayway Drive
Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education Center
1724 Market Street
4334 Crosby Cedar Bayou Road
1530 Evergreen Road
Other Birding Locations:
Up to 15 bird species out of 50 may be found at the following nearby birding locations:
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
4017 FM 563, Anahuac, ,TX 77514
Wallisville Lake Project
1140 US Army Corps Road, Wallisville, TX 77597