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Baltimore Oriole by Brian Hix

Please pledge a gift supporting student scientists and birders

Your gift will help foster our future leaders in science and conservation


The Cornell Lab has a longstanding tradition of turning everyday birding activities into vital sources of support for bird conservation. As part of our Global Big Day, 14 undergraduate students will compete in three divisions of the World Series of Birding, seeking to identify the greatest number of birds and raise critical funds for student research and bird conservation.  


Our Redheads teams of student birders will compete in the Cape Island, county, and “Big Stay” divisions on May 14. 


Please pledge a gift for every bird species the Redheads find during their 24 hours of non-stop birding in New Jersey.



After Global Big Day, we'll share with you the Redheads' results and ask you to fulfill your pledged gift. 



LPC-mug-mockup-678295-edited.jpegOur Thanks for Your Support:

  • Pledge $0.50 per species (or donate $105 or more) to receive a coffee mug celebrating Big Day 2016 and featuring the Lesser Prairie-Chicken

  • Pledge $1.50 per species (or donate $315 or more) to receive a copy of the book Better Birding signed by Brian Sullivan (co-author, Lab scientist, and Team Sapsucker member)

Your gift of a mug or book will be sent after May 14.


If you'd like to donate now, please click here.



Thanks to the official sponsor of Global Big Day, Swarovski Optik, your gift will directly support conservation programs and undergraduate research.