So this year we decided to try something a little different for our annual Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Organization fundraiser. So folks, get ready for some Bird Poker!!
We will also be offering some fabulous prizes during the event, all donated by our wonderful (and very talented!) sponsors....
Want a chance to win a free weekend stay at Native American Seed's Cool River Cabin on the Llano River in Junction?
Up to 6 adults, donated by Native American Seed Company
How about a copy of the essential birding reference, TOS Handbook of Texas Birds, personally signed by both authors, Brush Freeman and Mark Lockwood?
Four copies, donated by Brush Freeman
Or a beautiful print of one of the "Birds of Commons Ford" by popular local artist, Gail Woods?
Five prints from original watercolors, donated by Gail Woods
Or another great prize, like a free one hour landscape consultation by NativeEarthscapes, or an energy psychology session by Robin Heart Shepperd, or ????
Then you need to play Bird Poker at Commons Ford Park on Saturday, March 28, 2015!
Here's how it works:
Teams consisting of 2-5 members will bird Commons Ford Park on March 28, 2015, anytime between 5:00 AM (park opening) and 3 p.m. If you want to participate, but don't have a team, let us know, and we'll help you find a team.
Birders of all skill levels and all ages are welcome. In fact, we're encouraging new birders with a special prize. (See below)
Bird species will be assigned point values according to how likely they are to be found in the Park during this time of year. We may even have a wild card or two! The fun part is that birders won't know what each species is worth until they turn in their hand.
Once you've finished your birding day, use your bird list to determine your best "poker hand". Turn your hand in to the judges BY 3:30 P.M.
Winners will be tallied and prizes awarded. A special prize will be given to the winning team with the most birders having less than 2 years experience.
Entry fee is $50.00 per team member. Corporate or organizational sponsors may be enlisted to contribute part or all of a team's entry fee. Sponsors will be recognized in all promotional material for the event, on our blog, and on our FB page. All proceeds will go toward funding 2015 prairie projects. CFPRO is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization operating under the charitable umbrella of the Austin Parks Foundation.
Registration will begin about the first of the year. Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please contact Diane at NativeEarthscapes@gmail.com or CommonsFordPRO@gmail.com