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Birding Big Day


For the 38th year, Earlham College's annual Birding Big Day brought alumni, students, parents and friends together around the world for a weekend of birding and fundraising. Read Bill Buskirk `66 and Wendy Tori's post-event letter online.

As always, you can catch up on the excitement on the Earlham Birders Facebook group.

State Totals

Ohio - 186
Indiana - 141
New York - 124
Maryland - 122
Oregon - 118
Alaska - 117
Maine - 108
Texas - 107 
Wisconsin - 102
West Virginia - 99
Florida - 89
Pennsylvania - 89
Virginia - 80
Vermont - 77
New Jersey - 74
Arizona - 72 
Rhode Island - 54
Illinois - 45
Massachusetts - 35
California - 31
Colorado - 12
Hawaii - 11
Delaware - 8
Utah - 4 

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 find great joy in joining friends outdoors, the challenge of finding birds, and doing something important for the College.

It's not too late to support ECBBD with a pledge or an outright gift.

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.

This event became worldwide in 2009. To date, ECBBD has generated more than $900,000 for the Earlham Fund.

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