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Long Point Bird Observatory is looking for keen young birders to apply for the 2023 Doug Tarry Young Ornithologist Workshop (YOW). Two workshops will be held this year: August 4 – 11 and August 18 – 24, 2023.

Participants will receive hands-on training in field ornithology centered in Long Point, Ontario, including bird banding, censusing, field identification, birding trips, preparing museum specimens, guest lectures, and more!

Twelve of Canada’s most promising ornithologists between the ages of 13 – 17 will be selected to attend. Applications are due April 30, 2023. Successful participants will be notified by May 30, 2023.

The cost of the workshop is $500 per person, which is heavily subsidized by Birds Canada, Long Point Bird Observatory and the Doug Tarry Natural History Fund. The fee covers all direct costs of the workshop, including: accommodation, meals, workshop travel, equipment and materials, special activities while at Long Point, and professional staff with a 2:1 participant to instructor ratio at all times). Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Long Point, but pickups at the nearest airport/train stations can be arranged.

For more information and an application form, contact LPBO at or visit

LPBO has been conducting youth training workshops since 1975 and established the Doug Tarry Natural History Fund and Young Ornithologists’ Workshop & Internships in 1991 thanks to the generosity and foresight of the humanitarian and naturalist, Doug Tarry. The workshops have since nurtured the interests and skills more than 200 of Canada’s best and brightest scientists, field biologists, and naturalists.


Doug Tarry Young Ornithologist Workshop (YOW) participants, 2022. Photo: Kyle Cameron
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