Announcing the 2013 ABA Young Birders of the Year!

After six months of judging, five modules, and an inspiring number of truly impressive young birders, our judges have made their decisions. The recipients of the 2013 ABA Young Birder of the Year contest have been contacted and we’re ready to make those announcements. So without further ado…

Your 2013 ABA Young Birder of the Year for the 14-18 category is 16 year old Ioana Seritan of Davis, California!  Congrats!


In the in the Age 10-13 category the winner was 13 year old Eric Hughes of Pottstown, Pennsylvania!  Way to go, Eric!

Winning contestants receive prizes donated from numerous birding-related businesses and organizations with Ioana and Eric, as the top finishers in each age group, winning a pair of Leica Trinovid 8×42 binoculars. Congratulations to everyone who participated in this prestigious competition.

You can see a list of all of the module winners at the Eyrie, the ABA’s young birder blog.  In fact, please go over there as there is some great stuff from our two winners already published.

In the coming week stay tuned to the Eyrie to see additional excerpts from the winning entries, interviews with the winners, and more.

For more information about this year’s contest or the 2014 YBY Contest, contact the American Birding Association headquarters at (800) 850-2473 or (719) 578-9703, e-mail bstewart AT, or look for contest details online at


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Nate Swick

Nate Swick

Editor, Social Media Manager at American Birding Association
Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.
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