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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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