Birding Cup

Join us for the 3rd Annual Morgantown Birding Cup!

Friday, May 20 – Saturday, May 21, 2022

Everyone is invited to join the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia and Mountaineer Audubon for the third annual Morgantown Birding Cup, which will be held from 6pm on Friday, May 20, to 6pm on Saturday, May 21, 2022. This is a friendly competition; the goal is for families, friends, and individuals to have fun and get out bird watching. Count all the bird species you encounter during this 24-hour period.

This year, we are planning to have two categories: “at-home” and “at-large.” Participants in the at-home category should travel only within walking distance of where they live; participants in the at-large category can travel and count bird species in any (or all) of the five West Virginia counties in Mountaineer Audubon’s region: Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor.

A Morgantown Bird Cup “team” can have as many as eight members or as few as one. Members of a team must stay together when they’re counting, and for a bird to “count,” at least half of a team’s members must see it. Gathering at the residence of one group member and walking from there is acceptable for the at-home category.

The goal of the Morgantown Birding Cup is to have fun and learn about the birds that live near us, as well as to raise awareness about the West Virginia Young Birders Club, which is operated as a project of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia.

Please register for the Morgantown Birding Cup ahead of time by emailing Katie Fallon: katie@accawv.org. Registration is free but fundraising is welcome! Any funds raised from the Morgantown Birding Cup will benefit the West Virginia Young Birders Club.

Teams should stop counting birds at 6pm on Saturday, May 21. Depending on what’s happening with covid, we hope to have an in-person count party at the ACCA’s Outdoor Classroom in Cheat Lake. We plan to broadcast the results of the Birding Cup live on Facebook from the party; if it is determined unsafe to have an in-person party, we will schedule a Zoom meeting to announce the results.

Email your bird list to Katie no later than 6:15pm on May 21, or deliver your list in-person to the count party by 6:30pm. 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.

We’re looking forward to another fun, friendly competition this year!

Past Winners

2021:
First Place, Orion Metheny (82 species)
Second Place, Zealon Wight-Maier (78 species)
Third Place, The Hemlock Sherlocks, aka LeJay & the Blue Jays (74 species)
Fourth Place, The Downsy Woodpeckers (73 species)

2020:

First Place, Hannah Clipp & Derek Courtney (90 species)
Second Place, Mollee Brown (84 species)
Third Place, LeJay & Helen Ann Graffious & Amy Hill (65 species)

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