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Cornell Lab of Ornithology Young Birders Event 2017

Black Tern—regularly seen on the Young Birders Event!

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is excited to host our annual Young Birders Event, which will be held July 6 – 9, 2017 in Ithaca, New York. The Young Birders Event aims to bring together teenagers (students who will be sophomores, juniors and seniors) with a passion for birds who are interested in pursuing a career with birds. The participants will meet people who have successful careers that involve birds in a variety of ways from ornithological researchers to tour leaders, to audio specialists and computer scientists. To apply fill out the application form and return it by 15 March. Sixteen young birders will be selected and notified in mid-April. Please share this information with any young birders you know! Thanks to our sponsors of the Young Birders Event: Carl Zeiss Sport Optics, Princeton University Press and the Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods.

The Young Birder’s Event will feature:

  • two days of field trips
  • presentations by Cornell Lab of Ornithology staff including professors, researchers, and students who will share various ways to incorporate birds into a career
  • eBird and field notes workshop
  • sound recording workshop
  • tour of the Cornell Lab including the Macaulay Library and Museum of Vertebrates
  • dinner with Cornell Lab Directors and Staff
In order to provide the best possible experience, the event is limited to sixteen students. Students are selected on the basis of their application answers. Admission is very competitive and we encourage thoughtful responses to each question (limited to 300 words per question).

Application Deadline: 15 March 2016

Tuition: $600      Travel expenses to and from Ithaca are not covered in the tuition.

Meet Chris Wood and Jessie Barry, the coordinators for the event: 

Chris Wood is the Assistant Director of Information Science, helping lead eBird, Birds of North America, and Neotropical Birds. He’s a Colorado native who’s been birding since he figured out he couldn’t find dinosaur fossils in his sandbox.

Jessie Barry is Program Manager for the Macaulay Library and helps lead Merlin, a bird ID app. Jessie’s grew up in Rochester, NY where she began birding at age ten.

Chris and Jessie had numerous opportunities as young birders and are thrilled to use this event to showcase opportunities for the next generation of leaders in ornithology.

For additional information please contact Jessie Barry: jb794@cornell.edu.

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