Birding Cup

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.

Birding Cup Trophies

2015 Results

In 2015, Raiders of the Lost Lark Pt. II: In Search of the Holy Rail took home the Birding Cup with a stellar 140 species found! Bad Optics secured the County Cup (Huntingdon county) with an impressive count of 126. Red-rumped Irruptives pedaled their way to be the victors of the Birding Boot with 118 different birds. And the Potter Mug goes to a brand new team, Gone Pishing, who tallied up an even 100 species. For much more info, read our 2015 Birding Cup wrap-up blog.

Who will take the Cup in 2016? 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: For more details, please visit the Pledges and Donations page.


Every year our Birding Cup fundraiser supports projects that help shape and change our site, like the pond in the front yard and improvements along the lakeshore. Now that plans are finalizing for a renovation of our main building and the addition of a cutting-edge classroom, we are focusing this year’s fundraising dollars on the costs associated with harvesting local wood from the University’s Stone Valley Forest to use in this expansion project. Much of the wood we plan to use is already being removed  to improve American Woodcock habitat along Red Rose Road. (Learn more here.)

Some recent Birding Cup donations have directly funded…

Farmland Raptor Conservation: Nestboxes installed around the community — 2015
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Farmland Conservation3

Lakeside dock and stable shoreline by Sunset Point Pavilion — 2014
Lakeside Dock

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.

Two men search for birds with binoculars

2015 Sponsors, Prize, and Food Donors:

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