Birding Big Day


Earlham College Birding Big Day (ECBBD) is an annual, global fundraising event that brings together alumni, students, faculty and staff. Participants form teams and collect pledges for the Earlham Fund based on the number of different bird species they can identify. ECBBD 2014 took place May 9-11, 2014.

People can participate in many ways — by supporting the effort with a pledge or an outright gift; by following the weekend's activities on Facebook in the Earlham Birders group; and by participating as a field observer. People can also join the ECBBD mailing list by sending a request with their e-mail address to the Alumni Office.

History of Birding Big Day at Earlham

Earlham biology professors Jim Cope and Bill Buskirk created Birding Big Day in 1982. They nurtured this event and saw it blossom into an annual tradition of daylong birding in the Whitewater Valley.

After Jim passed away in March 2002, Bill opened the experience to even more birding enthusiasts in the Earlham community. Every year since then, alumni, students, faculty and staff form birding teams with the challenge of seeking as many different species they can find in a day.

This event became worldwide in 2009. In 2013, participants identified 842 species around the world (665 in North and Central America).

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