The Birding Cup, Shaver’s Creek’s annual fundraising tournament, is a contest among teams of birders to identify the most bird species in a twenty-four hour period in the central Pennsylvania region (Huntingdon, Centre, and adjoining counties). Teams must compete based on a set of Birding Cup rules, and the winning teams are awarded their prizes immediately following the contest at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center in Petersburg, Pennsylvania.
For some insight into the world of Birding Cup, listen to this 2007 story reported by Cynthia Berger of WPSU about the Birding Cup:
The Cup selects winning teams in four categories:
The Birding Cup goes to the team that identifies the most species overall
The County Cup goes to the team that finds the most species while searching in only one county
The Potter Mug is for the best team with at least half of its members who have less than two years of birding experience
The Birding Boot goes to the team that identifies the most species traveling only by nonmotorized means (walking, biking, canoeing).
Our fundraising goal for this year’s Birding Cup is $12,000. Pledges may be made per bird identified or in a single donation, and donors may choose to support a specific team. For more information, contact us.
The Nemesis Birders defended their title for the third year in a row to win the 2014 overall Birding Cup category for most species seen, with an impressive 157! The Juniata Juncos took home the County Cup with 120 species found in Juniata county. 101 Ways to Use a Shoveler beat the Birding Boot competition with 104 species. And the Potter Mug goes to Indigo Hunting, with an unbelievable 116 species found. For much more info, read our 2014 Birding Cup wrap-up blog.
Who will take the Cup in 2015? Maybe it will be you!
Birding Cup Team Entries
Teams must consist of at least three members and must follow the rules of The Birding Cup when participating. Team entries should be submitted no later than four days prior to the start.
Team entry is free, however, since this is our only annual fundraiser, teams are encouraged to raise at least $100 in donations to The Birding Cup. Please use the Birding Cup Team Registration page to enter your team. Learn more about donations below. Download a printable Birding Cup Pledge Sheet.
Download the official Birding Cup checklist to track bird species that you see during the Cup. This completed checklist must be submitted by 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center.
Birding Cup Pledges and Donations
Contributions may be made as outright gifts to support The Birding Cup, or donations can be made “per bird species.” Donors can also make secure, online donations at: http://bit.ly/BirdingCupDonations. For more details, please visit the Pledges and Donations page.
Funds raised from this year’s Birding Cup will help support an initiative to partner with landowners interested in turning their yards into homes for native species. Support from the event will also help us to install additional nest boxes at the center and throughout Penn State’s Stone Valley Forest, serving as habitat conservation models for cavity nesting species such as Eastern Bluebirds, Eastern Screech-Owls, and Wood Ducks around the edge of the Lake Perez!
Some recent Birding Cup donations have directly funded…
Lakeside dock and stable shoreline by Sunset Point Pavilion — 2014
Front yard pond — 2012
Rules and Guidelines of the Birding Cup
Download a copy of the Rules and Guidelines (PDF) for the Birding Cup competition.