2023 ABA Young Birders of The Year

Please join us in congratulating the 2023 ABA Young Birders of the Year, Henry Malec-Scott, 11, of Wellesley, Massachusetts, and Yishai Blum, 16, of Madison, Wisconsin!

Henry Malec-Scott

Wellesley, Massachusetts (10-13 Age Group)

Yishai Blum

Madison, Wisconsin (14-18 Age Group)

Henry Malec-Scott

Wellesley Hill, Massachusetts (10-13 Age Group)

Yishai Bum

Madison, Wisconsin (14-18 Age Group)

The American Birding Association’s Young Birder of the Year Mentoring Program (YBYMP) was created to guide, encourage, and provide expert advice that aids in developing the skills and talents of birders between the ages of 10–18. The program, which began in 1998, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an impressive track record of influencing up-and-coming leaders of the birding community. Check out previous winners on the All-Time Young Birders of the Year page.


1Thank you to the generous support from our sponsor, Zeiss Sports Optics!

Finalists

Major Modules

FIELD NOTEBOOK

10–13 Age Group

GOLD Ezra White

SILVER Kaia Hansen

BRONZE Emily Hansard

HM Zealon Wight-Maier

14–18 Age Group

GOLD Yishai Blum

SILVER Emily Brehl

BRONZE Mason Currier

HM Aranya Karinghattam

CONSERVATION & COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

10–13 Age Group

GOLD Henry Malec-Scott

SILVER Zalan Robertson

BRONZE Otys Train

HM Cedar Cunningham

14–18 Age Group

GOLD Owen Robertson

SILVER Ethan Kang

BRONZE Max Breshears

HM Emily Brehl

Special Award
 Sadie Thorla-Lopez

Supporting Modules

ILLUSTRATION

10–13 Age Group

GOLD Ezra White

SILVER Henry Malec-Scott

BRONZE Zealon Wight-Maier

HM Ethan Landreville

14–18 Age Group

GOLD Aranya Karighattam

SILVER Yishai Blum

BRONZE Zita Robertson

HM Anna Siegel

WRITING

10–13 Age Group

GOLD Zalan Robertson

SILVER Emily Hansard

BRONZE Alejandro Williams

HM Otys Train

14–18 Age Group

GOLD Owen Robertson

SILVER Anna Siegel

BRONZE Kieran Schnitzspahn

HM Ava Molnar

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10–13 Age Group

GOLD Ethan Landreville

SILVER Cedar Cunningham

BRONZE Zealon Wight-Maier

HM Henry Malec-Scott

14–18 Age Group

GOLD Katie Warner

SILVER Max Breshears

BRONZE Aranya Karighattam

HM Mason Currier

Congratulations to all the young birder participants! We are inspired by your knowledge, passion, and talent.

Meet the 2022 YBYMP Mentors!

The YBYMP mentors comprise a group of dedicated leaders in the field of birding who volunteer their time and talents to the ABA to help young birders thrive and grow. We extend our sincere gratitude to the mentors that guide, encourage, and provide expert advice that aids each participant in the advancement and sharpening of their skills.

Field Notebook

Seth Benz Eva Lark Rebecca Rolnick

Conservation & Community

Jennie Duberstein David La Puma Jennie MacFarland

Writing

Jessica Vaughan
Emily Bingham
Neil Hayward Rebecca Minardi

Photography


Dorian Anderson
Maresa Pryor-Luzier Mia McPherson

Illustration


Chrisitina Baal
Andrew Guttenberg Marky Mutchler

Meet the 2022 YBYMP Mentors!

The YBYMP mentors comprise a group of dedicated leaders in the field of birding who volunteer their time and talents to the ABA to help young birders thrive and grow. We extend our sincere gratitude to the mentors that guide, encourage, and provide expert advice that aids each participant in the advancement and sharpening of their skills.

Field Notebook

Conservation & Community

Writing

Photography

Illustration