With the new school year approaching, the ABA is taking the opportunity to revamp our current young birder blog into something that follows the general format of the multi-author ABA blog and the former ABA Young Birder newsletter, Bird’s Eye View. Stay tuned in the coming weeks to see what other exciting things we have in store, but in the meanwhile, this means that the search is on for people to work closely with new Editorial Advisor and Blog Manager Jennie Duberstein!

Jennie with  Flammulated Owl, Colorado Jennie is a wildlife biologist and educator and has been working with young birders for the past fifteen years. Some of you may know her from the 2011 Camp Colorado or other young birder camps and conferences, or if you are a little older, from her years as Editorial Advisor for A Bird’s Eye View. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she works as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Sonoran Joint Venture, a program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that facilitates bird conservation work in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Welcome to the team, Jennie! The ABA would also like to sincerely thank outgoing Blog Manager Neil Gilbert for the fantastic job he has done managing The Eyrie since early 2011. Many thanks, Neil, and very best of luck in your sophomore year at Calvin College!

Which brings us to the main point of this post: are you interested in the challenge of bringing together the skills and talents of young birders across the ABA area and working to create a truly unique and outstanding young birder blog? If so, now is your chance!

The Eyrie Student Blog Editor Position Description (2 positions available):
Being a student blog editor gives you the unique opportunity to gain experience, improve your writing and editing skills, work with experts in the fields or ornithology, birding, and conservation, and help shape the future of the youth birding world.

As blog editor, you will seek out contributors, ensure the timely submission of blog posts, artwork, and photographs to yourself and the Blog Manager, follow American Birding Association guidelines for  editing of submissions, stay in close contact with the Blog Manager, and keep abreast of the goings on in the world of youth birding. You will also have the opportunity to contribute articles, photos, and/or artwork to The Eyrie as needed.

Editors must:

  • be pre-college, age 18 or under
  • have a good connection with other young birders
  • be willing to make a one-year commitment to the blog.

To apply, send a letter of interest with information about your experience and qualifications, a writing sample (or photography and/or artwork sample, if you are an artist or photographer), and two letters of recommendation to: Jennie Duberstein, The Eyrie Blog Manager, at [email protected] or PO Box 40253, Tucson AZ 85717. Emailed letters of interest and recommendations and electronic versions of your artwork and photography are preferred.

Your letter of interest should include information about your skills and experience as a birder, writer, artist, photographer, leader, your involvement with the world of young birders, and/or anything else that explains what you would bring to the editorial team of The Eyrie. APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY SEPTEMBER 19, 2011. Direct all questions to [email protected].