New outreach to young birders
Online resource for teens offers access to clubs, careers, and more
Published: February 15, 2013
For years, the American Birding Association has sponsored its Young Birders program to foster interest in birds and birdwatching among children and teens. It hosts camps, awards scholarships, and conducts an annual Young Birder of the Year Contest.
Chris Wood (carrying scope), a project leader for eBird, walks with teen birders at the Young Birders Event, an annual gathering hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York.
Photo by Jessie Barry
Now a new effort from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Ohio and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology aims to expand outreach to the next generation of birders. The Young Birders Network is an online resource housed at eBird.org that is geared toward kids ages 12-18.
It includes links to regional young-birders’ clubs around the United States as well as a toolkit to get a club started in areas where one doesn’t exist. The network also lists birding camps and other events for teens, and it provides advice for young birders who want to pursue ornithology studies in college or a career in birding.
Young Birders Network