Birding Big Day

It’s that time of year—celebrate Earlham’s 40th Birding Big Day May 7-9, 2021!

In honor of our 40th year, we are aiming to raise $40,000 to put us over the $1,000,000 mark for this annual fundraising event.

Birding Big Day is a bird-a-thon and fundraiser for the Earlham Fund, which helps provide scholarships to make an Earlham education accessible to students. Each year birders, like yourself, find great joy in joining friends outdoors, the challenge of finding birds and doing something important for the College.

As always, you can catch up on the excitement on the Earlham Birders Facebook group. You may also use the “Comments” section on the eBird platform to share about your days’ adventures and what’s important to you this year.

Pledge today

Let us know how much you pledge to support on Birding Big Day

Give today

Support Earlham College and Birding Big Day today.

Instructions for field observers

Please join in both the fieldwork and the monetary support. To enter your lists this year put them on your eBird account and then share them with “Earlham” on eBird. Contact Bill if you need to submit a different way. To learn more about eBird, review the detailed beginner’s guide.


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 day-long 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.

In 2008, Associate Professor of Biology Wendy Tori joined the ECBBD campus team, sharing her enthusiasm for ornithology with students and alums.

This event became worldwide in 2009.

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