Pencils down at 7:00 p.m. Saturday — the 24th hour of the Birding Cup has come and gone. Collectively, 186 species were seen or heard—a wonderful species count with many highlights. Now it’s time to declare the winners!
The Birding Cup goes to:
Raiders of the Lost Lark Part II: In Search of the Holy Rail — Paul Brigman, Will Malan, and Kevin Ber! Their relentless energy and finely-tuned ears led them to ultimate victory.
The County Cup goes to:
Bad Optics — Laurie McLaughlin, Mark McLaughlin, Doug Wentzel, and Matt Shumar! This team acquired the most species in one county, Huntingdon.
The Birding Boot goes to:
Red Rumped Irruptives — Joshua Potter, Jeremy Bean, Mik Oyler, Dave Miller, and Nathan Holmes! They put no pedal to the metal, but instead put their shoes on bike pedals to get the most species with entirely human-powered transportation.
The Potter Mug goes to:
Gone Pishing — Mark Bonta, Ian McGregor, and Catherine Kilgus! This group of newcomers should have their eyes set on the Birding Cup soon!
Thanks to everyone who tweeted along with us using #BirdingCup and supported our adventurous birders with pledges and morale boosts. A full species list can be found here. Enjoy this fun montage of (almost!) all of this year’s participants. It really takes a whole community to make an event like this work, so thank you all for your continued support!
It’s not too late to make a donation! This year’s donations will benefit an initiative to partner with landowners interested in turning their yards into homes for native species, as well as installing nest boxes at the center and in the surrounding Stone Valley Forest. These will serve as habitat conservation models for cavity nesting species such as Eastern Bluebirds, Eastern Screech-Owls, and Wood Ducks around the edge of the recently-refilled Lake Perez!
Big thanks also go to our Birding Cup support unit, who transitions Shaver’s Creek from the very popular Native Plant Festival earlier in the day to a welcoming place for weary birders to arrive, check in with their pledges and checklists, and enjoy some great food.
Keep the birding spirit alive! Just because Birding Cup has come to a close doesn’t mean the birding should stop. Get out there and express your avian excitement!
Here’s the full list of teams, participants, and their results!
The Sleeping Buteos (62)
Osprey Can You See (68)
Finch Charming (82)
Emily Anne Moore
Indigo Hunting (96)
Gone Pishing (100)
2/3 Rufous (46)
101 Ways to Use A Shoveler (100)
Huntingdon Hawkeyes (110)
Red-Rumped Irruptives (118)
Gone With the Wren (111—Centre)
Juniata Juncos (112—Juniata)
Wigeon Vision (113—Centre)
Shrike Psyche (113—Huntingdon)
Bad Optics (126—Huntingdon)
Purple R.R. Martin’s Larks of Winterfell (77)
Hawkward Turtles (89)
No Egrets (91)
Tick McGreer & the Kickers (115)
Wing Nuts (124)
Raiders of the Lost Lark pt. II — In Search of the Holy Rail (140)
Post by Justin Raymond, with photos by Jen Bean and Elana Carroll.