It’s time for the fifth Annual Edinburg Bird-a-Thon and the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center wants you to help count migrating birds.

This event runs from April 1 to May 1 and everybody can participate. If you’re not a birder, this family-friendly competition is a great way to start and learn about the migrating species that are making their way north through the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

During this time period, bird diversity is at its peak and sightings are in abundance. Participants are split up into teams and encouraged to observe and tally as many species of birds as possible within the Edinburg area. The team’s age divisions include youth 8-12, teens 13-17, adults 18 & up, and a family division.

The competition kicks-off on Saturday, April 1, from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. with registration. It includes a bird walk and a presentation on basic birding skills. The competition ends on Monday, May 1, followed by an awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 10 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

To register, call (956) 381-9922 by April 1. The registration fee is $12 per adult and $10 per child. A map of designated areas will be provided to registrants as well as a free t-shirt, snacks, and other goodies.

The Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center is located at 714 S. Raul Longoria Road (in the Edinburg Municipal Park) in Edinburg, Texas. For more information call (956) 381-9922 or visit www.edinburgwbc.org.