Are you a young birder who wants to deepen your skills, broaden your experience, and maybe pursue a bird-related career? Or do you know someone who fits this description? Bird-crazy teens who are serious about ornithology are invited to apply for the 2018 Young Ornithologists’ Workshop at Long Point Bird Observatory.
Each spring, Bird Studies Canada and Long Point Bird Observatory select six of Canada’s most promising young birders between the ages of 13 and 17 to receive the Doug Tarry Bird Study Award. The winners are invited to participate in a birding trip to Long Point, Ontario for the Young Ornithologists’ Workshop. The award covers all direct costs (recipients are responsible for transportation to and from Long Point).
The 2018 workshop will take place from Saturday, August 4 to Sunday, August 12. Participants receive hands-on training in field ornithology, including: bird monitoring and banding, bird identification, museum specimen preparation, birding trips, guest lectures, and more!
Participants in last summer’s workshop not only learned a lot, but also had a blast adding to their life lists on a Big Day birding extravaganza. They observed a staggering 106 bird species in one day, including a combined total of 39 life birds! Bewick’s Wren, Hooded Warbler, White-rumped Sandpiper, Black-bellied Plover, American Woodcock, and Acadian Flycatcher were some of the highlights.
To date, more than 150 teenagers have taken part in the workshop. Program alumni are pursuing careers in research, conservation, environmental consulting, tourism and recreation (leading birding tours), and more.
The workshop is supported by Bird Studies Canada’s Doug Tarry Natural History Fund.