Tony Fitzpatrick

Enjoy this celebration of birding with great food, music, and art while helping the ABA help birds and birders!

At this afternoon party, we will announce the species, and unveil the painting of the 2020 ABA Bird of the Year, by Chicago icon and prominent American artist Tony Fitzpatrick.

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2015 Young Birders of the Year!

After months of judging the inspiring work of some truly impressive young birders, our judges have made their decisions. The recipients of the 2015 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 2015 ABA Young Birder of the Year for the 14-18 age category is 15-year-old Marky Mutchler of Liberty, Missouri! Congratulations, Marky!

Marky with an Arizona Sister during 2014 Camp Chiricahua (Photo: Jennie Duberstein)

Marky with an Arizona Sister during 2014 Camp Chiricahua (Photo: Jennie Duberstein)

In the 10-13-year-old category the Young Birder of the Year is 12-year-old Dessi Sieburth from Montrose, California. Way to go, Dessi!

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Winning contestants receive prizes donated by birding-related businesses and organizations. Marky and Dessi, as the top finishers in each age group, will receive a pair of Leica Trinovid 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 2016 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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