The results are in and Corpus Christi once again celebrates the title of 'America's Birdiest City'. Corpus Christi has held the title consecutively each year since 2003.
The annual nationwide contest determines the best city for birding after hundreds of avid birders from around the country count the number of species seen between April 1 and May 31.
Within the two-month span of the contest, participating cities and counties selected a 72-hour window to count birds, making it a fast-pace competition somewhat like a scavenger hunt.
Local birders united again this year and counted a total of 217 species of birds in our city.
The team is made up of members from the Audubon Outdoor Club, Coastal Bend Audubon Society and many other birders. San Diego, Calif. came in second with 198 species of birds.
"The win for our area was bigger than it might appear, because of the weather conditions," said Keith Arnold, CEO of the Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau.
"In spite of the gale force wind, we were able to regain the "America's Birdiest City" title while the American Birding Association was holding its national convention in Corpus Christi. This distinction continues to embellish the CVB's nature tourism marketing for the region."
Mike Wilson, National Coordinator for the contest said the annual event, in its ninth year, encourages participating cities and counties to round up as many birders as they wish during their count.
The coordinator in each city and, or county then compiles and compares the logs and write-ups from each team or participant before submitting their results no later than May 31.
The 2009 results released the morning of June 15 declared Corpus Christi the overall winner as "America's Birdiest City."
Nueces County was named "Birdiest Coastal County along the Gulf Coast" with 238 birds.
San Antonio came in as the "Birdiest Large Inland City" with 170 birds while Bexar County received the "Birdiest Inland County, Central" with 198 species seen.
Avid birder and this year's local competition organizer Larry Jordan said the competition was intense not just because of the wind, but also the drought and high tides forcing the participants to overcome obstacles not typically present.
"We always try to do it the last weekend of April because that's the peak of spring migration," Jordan said.