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

A New YBC in Massachusetts

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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.

Caleb Frome, Zeiss YBN eBirding Challenge Winner

Caleb Frome

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.

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

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

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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

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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

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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 […]