Posted by Charlotte Wasylik, aka Prairie Birder:
Spring is on the way, with summer not too far behind, so if you’re a young birder, it’s time to get out your calendar and start thinking about the great programs that are available.
Here is some more information about the workshop from the website: “Participants learn how to identify, age and sex birds, and to study their populations and behaviour. Careful and skilled instructors teach the secrets of bird handling and banding techniques, how to prepare specimens for scientific study, and an array of bird censusing techniques. Regular afternoon field trips are taken to places of biological interest within the internationally designated Long Point Biosphere Reserve. Evenings too are busy with slide presentations and nocturnal field work.” Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
The full name of the program is the Doug Tarry Bird Young Ornithologists’ Workshop, named for Mr. Tarry who was a humanitarian and naturalist. The workshop/natural history camp at the Long Point Bird Observatory was started in the 1970s and its goal is, as the BSC website writes, to “foster the development of ornithological interests in Canadian teenagers”.
I attended YOW in 2012 and had a terrific time. It’s an opportunity to learn a great deal, and also to meet other like-minded kids. I highly recommend the program and encourage young birders to apply. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 30th.
You can read all of my posts about the Young Ornithologist Workshop here on my blog
I participated last year and enjoyed it, though I’m not sure I’ll be doing it again this year as I have a full-time summer job from June to August. I very much enjoyed the field notebook module, and my sketches improved a lot with all the entries I made.
The contest runs from April 15 through October 1, 2014 and there are a number of modules you can enter in — the two major modules are the field notebook and conservation/community leadership, and the supporting modules are photography, writing, and illustration.
The ABA recently announced the winners of the contest — you can see the results here
A few of my sketches from my notebook I entered into the contest,