Meet the Bearcat Bird Nerds!

Donations for the World Series of Birding go to local conservation efforts such as the Bird Feeding station at WPNR.
Donations for the World Series of Birding go to local conservation efforts such as the Bird Feeding station at WPNR.

On May 6, a team of Saint Vincent College students, along with faculty member Dr. Jim Kellam, will head out to Cape May, NJ for New Jersey Audubon’s World Series of Birding. This event sees teams from around the country gather and compete to see who can identify the most bird species. This exciting competition “helps biologists monitor the health of global bird populations, since many birds pass through Cape May while on spring migration.”

As part of the competition, the Saint Vincent College team, named the Bearcat Bird Nerds, is required to

WPNR work study Jenni Urban will be competing at Cape May as a member of the Bearcat Bird Nerds.
WPNR work study Jenni Urban will be competing at Cape May as a member of the Bearcat Bird Nerds.

raise money for a service project that supports local conservation efforts. The Bearcat Bird Nerds have generously decided to raise donations to support the renovation of the bird feeding station at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve.

If you’re interested in donating, you can choose to donate a lump sum, or make things fun by pledging a certain amount for each bird species identified. This will encourage the Bearcat Bird Nerds to identify as many species as possible! Their goal is to identify 147 bird species in 24 hours!

For more information, visit the Bearcat Bird Nerds’ fundraising page at www.worldseriesofbirding.org/bearcatbirdnerds.