Announcing the 2016 ABA 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 2016 Young Birder of the Year Contest!
Your 2016 Young Birder of the Year for the 14-18 age category is 16-year-old Caroline Biel of Toronto, Ontario! Caroline took top honors in the Illustration module, as well as second place in the Field Notebook Module. We had a tie for second place between 17-year-old Johanna Beam, from Lyons, Colorado, and 15-year-old Zachary Marchuk, from Neebing, Ontario. Benjamin Hack, 14, from Ann Arbor, Michigan, takes home third place honors.

Caroline Biel

Caroline Biel

The 2016 Young Birder of the Year in the 10-13 age category is 13-year-old Avery Scott from  Williston Park, New York. Avery took top honors in both the Conservation & Community Leadership and writing modules, as well as third place in the Photography Module. Madison Wilcox, a 13-year-old from Coulterville, California, takes second place, and 13-year-old Klee Bruce, from Springfield, Missouri is our third place winner.

Avery Scott

Avery Scott

A warm congratulations from all of us at the ABA to every participant in this year’s contest. You continue to amaze us. Be sure to check out the complete list of top finishers for each module below.

View overall winners

View 11-13 age group winners

View 14-18 age group winners

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 OrnithologyHoughton Mifflin HarcourtPeterson’ GuidesPrinceton University Press,
Eagle OpticsSibley Guide to Birds Second Edition, and National Geographic.
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 2017 Young Birder of the Year Contest begins April 15th!


In accordance with the bylaws of the American Birding Association, the Board of Directors has set the date for the next Annual Meeting of the Members of the Association for Saturday, September 22, 2018. Time and place are 4:00 PM, Saturday, September 22, 2018, at the American Birding Expo, to be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave, Oaks, PA 19456 

The official Notice of the Meeting and the Proxy will be distributed to members on or after July 24, 2018, but no later than September 12, 2018

Please click here for location, electronic proxy ballot and other details >>