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

Featured Blog: Krishna Girish

Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Thattekad, Kerala, May 2013. Photo by Krishna Girish.

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.  Thattekad, located 65 kilometers from Kochi, Kerala is a bird sanctuary which […]

BirdWatching Magazine Essay Contest

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. […]

Careers with Birds Videos: Sahas Barve

Sahas Barve

It is with great pleasure that we announce the second in a series of video interviews featuring students and faculty at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The goal of these videos is to share the inspiring stories of people who are pursuing careers in ornithology. Each of these videos emphasizes different types of work, and […]

Putting Your Birding Skills to Work

On the eastern plains, locating the "shelter belts" that surround rural farmsteads is critical to adding avian diversity to otherwise single habitat blocks. Yuma County, Colorado. June 6, 2011.

Marcel Such is a high school senior from Lyons, Colorado. We asked him to share a bit about his involvement in various bird projects, and to give some advice to young birders wishing to use their skills for bird monitoring and conservation: Birding is a terrific hobby and submitting checklists to eBird is a great […]

International Collegiate Ornithological Network

The author, Ross Furbush, in Peru. Photo by Lauren Furbush.

Ross Furbush is the founder of the International Collegiate Ornithological Network, a brand new organization to connect students across colleges. We asked him to tell more about this fledgling organization: I remember getting floored when I saw my first Indigo Bunting as a graduating high school senior. There are things that are blue like that […]

The Bebbi Babbler: Youth Birding in the Alps

The group discovering a Wallcreeper.

Valentin Moser, a young birder from Switzerland, is a leader in his local youth birding group. We asked him to write about the club and his experiences with birding in the region: Back in 2000, a few friends founded the Ornithological Youth Group of Basel in Switzerland after a few years without a youth group […]

Merlin: An eBird-powered App for Bird ID


We are excited to introduce Merlin Bird ID, an app that leverages the power of eBird observations to help beginners identify common birds. Merlin uses eBird data to create a short list of birds that match the user’s description and are likely to be found at the location and time of the sighting. If you find […]

YBN eBirding Challenge: Sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics

Zeiss logo

We are excited to announce the 2014 YBN eBirding Challenge sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics. In their continued support of young birders, Zeiss is offering two Conquest HD binoculars to students who enter checklists through the Young Birders Network. Carl Zeiss Sports Optics is a proven leader in sports optics and is the official optics […]

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Young Birders Event 2014

Eastern Meadowlark

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is excited to host our 6th annual Young Birders Event, which will be held July 10 – 13, 2014 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 […]

Careers with Birds Videos: Kim Bostwick

Kim Bostwick

With the arrival of 2014, we’re excited to add a multimedia component to the YBN. This interview is the first of a series produced by students at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Cornell senior (and producer of this first interview) Andy Johnson tells more about what’s to come: “The idea behind these informal video interviews […]