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Earlham Birding Hat

Earlham Birding Hat

Earlham Birding Hat

Promote Earlham and birding with this fantastic new Earlham Birders hat! And, even better, 50% of the purchase price is sent to the Earlham Fund to support student scholarships!

Here's the story behind the hats. Earlham biology professors Jim Cope and Bill Buskirk created Earlham College Birding Big Day in 1982 to raise money for the College and provide the two of them a chance for a day of all out birding. After Jim passed away in 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, as Bill and Wendy Tori, Earlham's brilliant current ornithologist and biology professor, lead it. To date, ECBBD has generated more than $900,000 for the Earlham Fund.

But Earlham birders love to be outdoors looking for birds year-round, and we even share birding news through social media. So, why shouldn't we show our Earlham and birding pride out in the open?!? Now you can do it by wearing this great hat. And you can continue the philanthropic tradition of Birding Big Day through your purchase, with half the revenue (everything beyond production and mailing costs) going to the Earlham Fund.

So, why the Barred Owl on the hat? Well, the Barred Owl was one of Jim Cope's favorite birds, and when Jim would spot Bill across campus he would often call out with the Barred Owl's classic hoot "who cooks for you? who cooks for you all?"

The hat is an Adams low profile pigment-dyed cap featuring six panel construction, 100% cotton material, an adjustable leather back strap with antique brass closure, a pre curved bill, and Adams exclusive cool-crown mesh in coordinating colors.