Birding Cup

Join us for the 2nd Annual Morgantown Birding Cup

Friday, May 14 – Saturday, May 15, 2021

Everyone is invited to join the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia and Mountaineer Audubon for the second annual Morgantown Birding Cup, which will begin at 6pm on Friday, May 14, and end on Saturday, May 15, at 6pm. This is a friendly competition; the goal is for families, friends, or individuals to have fun and get out bird watching. Count all the bird species you encounter during this 24-hour period!

Like last year’s event, we have decided that participants in the 2021 Morgantown Birding Cup should travel only within walking distance of where they live. A “team” may consist of members of the same family, same household, or of friends / significant others who are already exposed to each other on a regular basis. Gathering at the residence of one group member and walking from there is acceptable. A team’s count area must be in one of the five West Virginia counties in Mountaineer Audubon’s region: Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Taylor.

Originally, we had planned for the Morgantown Birding Cup to be a fundraiser for the West Virginia Young Birders Club, which is operated as a project of the ACCA. But because of the necessary changes to the event, fundraising will not be the goal; the goal will be to have fun and learn about the birds that live near you. But if you are interested in purchasing an event tee-shirt, they are available through Bonfire by clicking here. Any proceeds from tee-shirts will benefit the WV Young Birders Club.

Please register for the Morgantown Birding Cup ahead of time by emailing Katie Fallon: katie@accawv.org. Registration is free.

Your team should stop counting birds at 6pm on Saturday, May 15. Email your bird list to Katie no later than 6:15pm. You can keep your list on eBird.org or using another method of your choosing. By submitting your list to eBird, you will also be participating in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s global citizen-science initiative.

Katie Fallon will invite registered participants to a Zoom meeting that will begin at 7pm on Saturday, May 15. You do not have to participate in the Zoom meeting to participate in the Birding Cup, but the winners will be announced during the meeting.

There’s no fee to participate and no expectation of donations! Just have fun and count the birds near you. The Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia and Mountaineer Audubon are local 501c3 organizations.

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