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Announcing the 2014 Young Birders of the Year!

After months of judging the inspiring work of so many truly impressive young birders, our judges have made their decisions. The recipients of the 2014 ABA Young Birder of the Year contest have been contacted and we’re ready to share the announcement with the rest of the world. Drumroll, please…

Your 2014 ABA Young Birder of the Year for the 14-18 age category is 15-year-old Alec Wyatt of Colorado Springs, Colorado! Congratulations, Alec!

Alec Wyatt, 2014 Young Birder of the Year!

Alec Wyatt, 2014 Young Birder of the Year!

In the in the 10-13 age category the winner was 13-year-old Chloe Walker from Murfeesboro, Tennessee!  Way to go, Chloe!

2014 Young Birder of the Year Chloe Walker!

2014 Young Birder of the Year Chloe Walker!

Winning contestants receive prizes donated by  numerous birding-related businesses and organizations. Alec and Chloe, as the top finishers in each age group, will receive a pair of Leica Trinovid 8×42 binoculars donated by ABA’s Legacy Sponsor, Leica Sport Optics. 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. Stay tuned to The Eyrie in the coming weeks to see excerpts from the winning entries, interviews with the winners, and more.

The 2015 contest begins on April 15, so mark your calendars! For more information, contact the American Birding Association headquarters at (800) 850-2473 or (719) 578-9703, contact Bill Stewart, or look for contest details on the ABA website.

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Jennie Duberstein
Jennie Duberstein has lived in southeastern Arizona since 2001, where she coordinates the Sonoran Joint Venture, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program that works to conserve the unique birds and habitats of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. She is the ABA's Young Birder Liaison, managing The Eyrie (the ABA’s young birder blog) and ABA Young Birders Facebook page and providing support to other young birder programs. She has worked with young birders through the ABA and other organizations since the late 1990s, directing summer camps, leading field courses, organizing conferences, and editing young birder publications. Jennie directs the ABA's Camp Colorado, co-leads VENT's Camp Chiricahua, and is a proud member of the Leica Birding Team.
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