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.

Each Young Birders Event features:

  • 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

Applications for the 2023 Young Birders Event are closed. The next Young Birders Event will be held June 27 – 30, 2024. Applications will open in February 2024. High school-aged young birders (students entering grades 9-12 in the fall) are invited to apply. We are able to accommodate sixteen young birders, and we will notify applicants about their status in early April 2024. Slight preference will be given to students entering 12th grade and students who have previously applied.

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

2024: June 27-30

2025: June 26-29

2026: June 25-28