Today the American Birding Association is thrilled to announce the results of the 2020 Young Birder of the Year program. The ABA Young Birder of the Year exists to encourage, mentor, and develop the talents of our teenage birders.
After months of dedicated work from young people across North America, our esteemed panel of judges has evaluated and tabulated the results of the 2019 ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest. We are read more >>
by Sophie Webb When Jennie Duberstein asked me to write a blog post about what I look for as one of several judges for the illustration module of the ABA Young Birder of the Year read more >>
Learn more about Dessi Sieburth, the 12-year-old 2015 Young Birder of the Year!
Young birders are sponges that absorb all sorts of information, ask questions, and never seem to tire out – although they can certainly exhaust the adults who work with them! I’ve been involved with YB events for 15 years now, and in 2013 I was a judge for the field notebook module of the ABA Young Birder of the Year competition, sponsored by Leica Sports Optics.
A field notebook is, well, what it says: a notebook you carry in the field (in my case, 24/7 in my pocket, with 2 pens), where you can write down birds as you see them. It’s the raw data of your field journal.
It’s all very well showing some of my notes from recent years (Part 2), when I’m an experienced birder, but what did my notes look like when I was a teenager? It’s pretty clear, however, that I wouldn’t have come close to winning any Young Birder of the Year field notebook competition!
Fact: Careful observations and sketches help you really learn birds.
Contestants have been on the edges of their seats for the past month, but the long wait is over. The judges have filled in all of their forms, ABA staff has tabulated the results, and we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2015 Young Birder of the Year Contest!
By Carl Bendorf On June 14-15, 2014, Iowa Young Birders and Illinois Young Birders hosted a joint field trip weekend along the Mississippi River. Twenty four young birders from Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin had a great time read more >>