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2015 VLM Birding Cup

Virginia Living Museum announces Birding Cup winners

A William and Mary team called Thrushnado won the Virginia Living Museum’s third annual Birding Cup, counting 118 species of birds over 24 hours during the event in April.

Thrushnado team members are: Robert Isdell, Josh Stone, Nicole Trimmer and Vitek Jirinec, all of Hayes. Isdell and Stone are Ph.D. students at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Jirinec recently received a masters in biology from William and Mary. Trimmer is a former chemistry teacher.

For 24 hours, five teams of birdwatchers spread out across a territory from James City County to Hampton and Newport News in competition with each other to find and identify as many species of birds as possible. From Prairie Warblers to Red-headed Woodpeckers, Piping Plovers to Savannah Sparrows and from Northern Harriers to Common Loons and Horned Grebes the teams had confirmed sightings or songs of 139 different species of birds.

The purpose of the Birding Cup is to give local bird watchers a friendly opportunity to compete with other bird watchers and raise money through sponsorships to benefit the animals and education mission of the Virginia Living Museum.

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