Young Birders Event

The Young Birders Event aims to bring together teenagers with a passion for birds and interested in pursing a career in the field. You’ll 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.

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 sound recording workshop
  • tour of Cornell Lab including the Macaulay Library and Museum of Vertebrates
  • dinner with Cornell Lab staff

For this each event, high school-aged young birders (students entering grades 9-12 in the fall) are invited to fill out our application form and return it for review by March 15th of that year. Sixteen young birders will be selected and notified in early April. Slight preference is given to students entering 12th grade and students who have previously applied. Learn more.

Future dates for the Young Birders Event are below. Mark your calendars!

2020 POSTPONED TO 2021

2021 (1) July 8-11

2021 (2) July 22-25

2022: July 7-10

2023: July 6-9

2024: June 27-30

2025: June 26-29


The Lucy D. Preston Young Birders Fund

In honor of Lucy D. Preston, this fund was established to cover the expenses for one or more teenagers to participant in the Young Birders Event.

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