Teens Convene for Young Birders Event
October 15, 2010
Annual event connects, inspires accomplished young birders
Let’s face it, teenagers who are passionate about birding are few and far between. I know, because I was one. Maybe you were, too, but how many young birders do you know of in your city or even state? It’s always been hard for young birders to meet people who share their interest, but perhaps especially so nowadays, with so many indoor activities vying for attention.
In summer 2009, as a way to bring together promising teenage birders, we hosted our inaugural Young Birders Event. Ten high-schoolers visited Sapsucker Woods for three intense days of birding and seminars by our staff—people who have turned their own interest in birds into careers.
The weekend was so successful that we held it again this year. Ten more students bunked in a fieldwork house (chaperoned by a graduate student), had dinner with our directors, learned the basics of sound recording, and canvassed upstate New York for birds such as Red-necked Phalaropes and Upland Sandpipers.
This fall we caught up with one of 2009’s participants. Andy Johnson, then a rising senior from Ann Arbor, Michigan, parlayed his weekend here into his first field job, spending summer 2010 with godwits on the tundra of Churchill, Manitoba.
Don't miss a thing! Join our email list
The Cornell Lab will send you updates about birds, birding, and opportunities to help bird conservation.