Announcing the 2015 Young Birders of the Year!

Contestants have been on the edges of their seats for the past month, but the long wait is over. The judges have reviewed all of the entries and submitted their scores. ABA staff has tabulated the results, and we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2015 Young Birder of the Year Contest!
Your 2015 Young Birder of the Year for the 14-18 age category is 15-year-old Marky Mutchler of Liberty, Missouri! Marky took top honors in the Illustration module, as well as second place in the Conservation & Community Leadership Module and third place in the Photography Module. In second place is last year’s Young Birder of the Year, Chloe Walker, from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Elizabeth Bevins from Herndon Virginia takes home third place honors.

Marky Mutchler with an Arizona Sister during 2014 Camp Chiricahua (Photo: Jennie Duberstein)

Marky Mutchler with an Arizona Sister during 2014 Camp Chiricahua (Photo: Jennie Duberstein)


The 2015 Young Birder of the Year in the 10-13 age category is 12-year-old Dessi Sieburth from  Montrose, California with a remarkable 98.5 points. Dessi took top honors in both the Conservation & Community Leadership and Field Notebook modules. Maxime Pitchon, a 13-year-old from Longmeadow, Massachusetts takes second place, and 12-year-old Ethan Rising, from Cincinnati, Ohio is our third place winner.
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Dessi Sieburth


A warm congratulations from all of us at the ABA to every participant in this year’s contest. You continue to amaze us!
Leica_ RGB 10cmEach of the overall ABA Young Birder of the Year winners will receive a pair of Leica Trinovid binoculars, generously donated by ABA’s Legacy Sponsor, Leica Sport Optics. Prizes for individual module winners are donated by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Peterson’ Guides, Princeton University Press, Riverhead Books, and Sibley Guide to Birds Second Edition.
A special thanks to our dedicated team of volunteer judges, who spent many hours reviewing entries and writing comments for each contestant.
We’ll be posting interviews with the contest winners in the coming weeks, along with examples of some of their award-winning submissions. In the meanwhile, good birding and remember – the 2016 Young Birder of the Year Contest begins April 15th!

Results of the 2015 ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest

OVERALL WINNER 14-18 PLACE POINTS AGE HOMETOWN
MARKY MUTCHLER 1ST 90 15 LIBERTY, MISSOURI
CHLOE WALKER 2ND 81.15 14 MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE
ELIZABETH BEVINS 3RD 76 15 HERNDON, VIRGINIA
OVERALL WINNER 10-13 PLACE POINTS AGE HOMETOWN
DESSI SIEBURTH 1ST 98.5 12 MONTROSE, CALIFORNIA
MAXIME PITCHON 2ND 78 13 LONGMEADOW, MASSACHUSETTS
ETHAN RISING 3RD 76.5 12 CINCINNATI, OHIO

MODULE SCORES

FIELD NOTEBOOK 10-13 PLACE POINTS AGE HOMETOWN
DESSI SIEBURTH 1ST 95 12 MONTROSE, CALIFORNIA
MAXIME PITCHON 2ND 78 13 LONGMEADOW, MASSACHUSETTS
BENJAMIN HACK 3RD 74 13 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
FIELD NOTEBOOK 14-18 PLACE POINTS AGE LOCATION
CHLOE WALKER 1ST 99 14 MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE
CHARLOTTE WASYLIK 2ND 81 17 VERMILION, ALBERTA
PATRICK CARNEY 3RD 76 16 RIVER EDGE, NEW JERSEY
CONSERVATION & COMMUNITY 10-13 PLACE POINTS AGE LOCATION
DESSI SIEBURTH 1ST 102 12 MONTROSE, CALIFORNIA
ETHAN RISING 2ND 84 12 CINCINNATI, OHIO
KLEE BRUCE 3RD 53 12 SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI
CONSERVATION & COMMUNITY 14-18 PLACE POINTS AGE LOCATION
ELIZABETH BEVINS 1ST 96 15 HERNDON, VIRGINIA
MARKY MUTCHLER 2ND 95 15 LIBERTY, MISSOURI
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ILLUSTRATION 10-13 PLACE POINTS AGE LOCATION
MAXIME PITCHON 1ST 83 13 LONGMEADOW, MASSACHUSETTS
ELLE LINETSKY 2ND 74 10 WILMETTE, ILLINOIS
JOCELYN SPANBAUER 3RD 65 12 CINCINNATI, OHIO
ILLUSTRATION 14-18 PLACE POINTS AGE LOCATION
MARKY MUTCHLER 1ST 86 15 LIBERTY, MISSOURI
JOHANNA BEAM 2ND 75 16 LONGMONT, COLORADO
KATIE BOORD 3RD 72 15 OLIVE BRANCH, MISSISSIPPI
WRITING 10-13 PLACE POINTS AGE LOCATION
PATRICK NEWCOMBE 1ST 69 13 POTOMAC, MARYLAND
KLEE BRUCE 2ND 66.75 12 SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI
CLAIRE WAYNER 3RD 66 13 BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
WRITING 14-18 PLACE POINTS AGE LOCATION
CHLOE WALKER 1ST 64.5 14 MURFREESBORO, TENNESEE
CHARLOTTE WASYLIK/NICK ROSEN 2ND 58.5 12/15 VERMILION, ALBERTA/CARSON CITY, NEVADA
KATIE BOORD 3RD 55.5 15 OLIVE BRANCH, MISSISSIPPI
PHOTOGRAHY 10-13 PLACE POINTS AGE LOCATION
EMMA ROSEN 1ST 79 13 CARSON CITY, NEVADA
ETHAN RISING/JOSH KING 2ND 78 12/13 CINCINNATI, OHIO/CELINA, OHIO
MAXIME PITCHON 3RD 73 13 LONGMEADOW, MASSACHUSETTS
PHOTOGRAPHY 14-18 PLACE POINTS AGE LOCATION
SAM HENRICH 1ST 99 16 CARLISLE, MASSACHUSETTS
PATRICK CARNEY 2ND 97 16 RIVER EDGE, NEW JERSEY
MARKY MUTCHLER 3RD 84 15 LIBERTY, MISSOURI
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