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.

2018 funds raised go towards…

Your support this year will directly help our remodeling of the raptor enclosures, or mews, which is slated to begin this spring.

Our fundraising goal for this year’s Birding Cup is $15,000. Pledges may be made per bird identified or in a single donation, and donors may choose to support a specific team. We are debuting a new fundraising platform this year with personalized pages for each team. Click the button below to donate and get to know the Birding Cup teams!

Cup categories

The Cup selects winning teams in five 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 most species seen by a team with all 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).

The Micro Cup goes to a team of two people that identify the most birds seen in a single 1-mile diameter circle. New for 2018! It’s a great opportunity to eBird your day’s experience.

Birding Cup Trophies

2018 Results

In 2018, Psycho Killdeer won the Birding Cup with an impressive 152 species found! Bad Optics earned the County Cup with 134 species in Huntingdon county. Red-rumped Irruptives won the Birding Boot with 127 different birds. The Potter Mug was claimed by Fearless Fledglings, who chalked up 87 species. And the first winners of the brand-new Micro Cup was Two Cuckoos with 124 species. For much more info, read our 2018 Birding Cup wrap-up blog.

Who will take the Cup in 2019?

Birding Cup Team Entries

Teams must consist of at least three members (except for the Micro Cup) 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 asked to raise at least $100 in donations to The Birding Cup. Please use the Birding Cup Team Registration page to enter your team.

New Fundraising Platform!

Shaver’s Creek is debuting a new fundraising platform for the Birding Cup this year. Each team will be able to customize a personal webpage with more fun information about your team, see totals raised by all teams, and share their link for easy donations!


After completing the standard registration form, team captains will receive an email from Community Funded with login information for our new fundraising platform. (These emails will start sending out beginning in April.)

The traditional pledge sheets are also available here, but we encourage everyone to use the new platform.

Download the current official Birding Cup checklist (2018 version PDF) to track bird species that you see during the Cup. This completed checklist must be submitted by 7:30 p.m. on Saturday evening. The ending ceremony returns to Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center in 2018!

For questions on this fundraising platform, please contact Justin Raymond at

Birding Cup Pledges and Donations

We are debuting a fundraising platform in 2018 that allows for easy online donations as well as the opportunity to get to know the teams a little better. Click the button below to proceed:

Donations in 2018 go directly towards the renovation of new enclosures for the raptors. Our educational co-workers will be moving into brand new homes later this year, more suitable for sunshine, daily caretaking, and wheelchair-accessible viewing. Please consider supporting this great cause!

Previous Birding Cup-supported Projects

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.

Installing bird-friendly glass in our building and expansion project. — 2017

Harvesting local wood from Stone Valley Forest for our expansion and renovation — 2016

Farmland Raptor Conservation: Nestboxes installed around the community — 2015
Farmland Conservation1

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

A revised copy of the Rules and Guidelines for the 2018 Birding Cup competition is available here (PDF).

Two men search for birds with binoculars


If you are not planning to be part of a birding team, and would like to volunteer in some way, we would love to have you lend a hand! Some possible tasks include:

Friday of Birding Cup: Arranging tables and chairs, placing signage, sorting t-shirts, setting up food and welcome areas.

Saturday of Birding Cup: Food setup, parking, greeting teams/check-in, handing out t-shirts, team photos, counting bird checklists, reading final tallies, evening clean-up.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Ruth Parson via email at or phone at 814-865-0749.

Donate Now! (Fundraising Portal)

Register Your Team

Checklist PDF

Rules PDF

Sponsors, Prize, and Food Donors:

If you're interested in sponsoring the Birding Cup, please contact Joshua Potter.

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