Editor’s Note: Over the past few months, I have been posting several stories about young birders and how they have taken their skills and interest in birds to do some truly amazing things. But I thought it would be better if the one posting all those stories wasn’t a stranger! So, I wanted to […]
The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has awarded a one-year, $25,000 grant to fund a CLO project that addresses the needs of birds and people in Guatemala. Starting January 1st, Cornell Master’s student, Gemara Gifford, will lead an expedition to the Highlands of Guatemala, working with in-country partners, Rob and Tara Cahill from Community Cloud Forest Conservation (CCFC). Though, she isn’t going alone! Young Birder and Guatemalan, Daniel Aldana, as well as Cornell undergraduates, Sarah Dzielski and Mary Margaret Ferraro will begin surveying for Neotropical migrants on their wintering habitats – the cloud forests, coffee plantations, and rich agroecosystems in Q’eqchi’ Maya villages.
The American Birding Association (ABA) is pleased to announce their lineup for the 2015 Young Birder Summer Camps – Camp Colorado and Camp Avocet! Read for more information on the camps and how you can sign up.
Editor’s Note: The author of this article is Truth Muller, a young birder that I had met at the New York State Ornithological Association Conference, he had just spoken about an observational study of the birds at his feeders and how they had responded to alarm call notes. Please enjoy this story of how he […]
Living on the island of Anglesey in North Wales as a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to go to a local art gallery in Llangefni to view the work of Charles Tunnicliffe, a local field sketcher and naturalist. I would sit for hours trying to copy his work and staring at his paintings of Snowy Owls and Oystercatchers. Whenever a bird hit our window or we found a dead bee in our yard I would try to draw it and learn its features. I think that was when I really fell in love with birds and the coast, but I didn’t consider that studying birds as a living was an option until much later.
In the summer of 2013, seven undergraduates from three universities spent two months in Australia studying one species: the Red-backed Fairywren. Their research questions covered a variety of aspects of the tiny bird’s life history and behavior. Here’s a short film about their experience doing field research.
The MYBC is a brand new club that was launched this past February. The real push for a ybc in Massachusetts started after finding several other young birders through Flickr and and making a group there to share ideas and to make plans. We tried to find more young birders interested in the idea and used the great resources that the YBN has to offer to fuel more ideas and plans. In July we made our own website and had our first field trip, to Mass Audubon’s Daniel Webster sanctuary. Ten young birders attended and we had a great time afield. We now are planing some more field trips and are working to get more members. We are working on getting more members and adding learning and conservation opportunities to the benefit of joining.
Please join us in congratulating Caleb Frome of Richarson, Texas, winner of the YBN eBirding Challenge sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optic. Caleb submitted over 100 complete checklists between 1 January and 30 June to become eligible and his name was then drawn at random. He will receive a new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binocular. To be eligible for the fall semester competition for young birders, enter 100 complete checklists into eBird between July 1st and December 31st, 2014. At least one of these checklists must be entered through the YBN portal. Additional checklists may be entered through any eBird portal and BirdLog. We will draw the winner from the pool of contestants who have submitted at least 100 complete checklists during the term. Winners must be under the age of 21 on July 1st 2014. But now onto this month’s winner. We’ve asked Caleb to tell us a bit about himself.
Krishna Girish is a 13-year-old birder from Bangalore, India. When he’s not birding in the lakes and nature reserves around Bangalore, he is planning, dreaming of visiting Peru and Papua New Guinea. To read more of his birding adventures, visit his blog here.
From BirdWatching magazine: To celebrate young birders and the adults who inspire and encourage them, Leica Sport Optics and BirdWatching magazine are partnering to conduct an essay contest oriented to young birders and the adults who mentor them. Adult birders are asked to describe a memorable birding experience that they had mentoring one or more young birders. […]