Welcome to the Young Birders Network

The Young Birders Network aims to provide resources for young birders to connect and learn, while giving their adult advocates resources to encourage and support. The network is coordinated by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and includes dozens of partners.

News and Features

Birding and Beyond: Applied Science at Seney NWR

This week’s post is written by the new student in charge of the YBN, Sarah Toner. Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, Sarah is starting as a freshman at Cornell this year. You can find Sarah’s biography here. My alarm clock went off with a loud “whip-poor-will.” I hastily groped around for it and turned it […]

Taking a Break for Birding: Kaija Gahm’s Gap Year

Kaija releasing a Sharp-shinned Hawk

This week, we’re fortunate to have Kaija Gahm on the site to discuss her gap year in between high school and college. Kaija is currently in Duluth, Minnesota working with Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory and will be attending Yale University next fall. Kaija will be documenting her gap year adventures on her blog, kaijasgap.weebly.com.

The GBBC in NZ


This post is written by a young birder and blog writer from New Zealand on her experiences with the Great Backyard Bird Count this past week. Check out her blog: Birds in the Mountains and enjoy.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Young Birders Event 2015

Eastern Meadowlark

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is excited to host our annual Young Birders Event, which will be held July 16 – 19, 2015 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 […]

From Frightful to the YBN or the Editor’s Tale

Team Redhead's Big Sit Team (from left to right): Richard Andrew Dreelin, Eric Sibbald, Mary Margaret Ferraro, and Nathaniel Hernandez (the author of this post)

  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 […]

Agroecosystems for Communities and Conservation

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.

American Birding Association Camps for 2015!

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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.

Birding and Research

Truth Headshot Corrected

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 […]

Terns, Razorbills, and UMMZ

Aspen Ellis

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.

Red-backed Fairy-wrens in the Outback

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.