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Announcing the 2019 ABA Young Birders of the Year!

After months of dedicated work from young people across North America, our esteemed panel of judges has evaluated and tabulated the results of the 2019 ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest. We are very excited to announce the winners!

Your 2019 ABA Young Birders of the Year are 13-year-old Ronan Nicholson from Sacramento, California (10-13 Age Group) and 17-year-old Max Nootbaar from Charlottesville, Virginia (14-18 Age Group). Congratulations Ronan and Max!

2019 ABA Young Birders of the Year Ronan Nicholson (L) and Max Nootbaar (R)

Winning contestants receive prizes donated by birding-related businesses and organizations. Ronan and Max, as the top finishers in each Age Group, will receive a pair of Leica Trinovid binoculars donated by ABA’s Legacy Sponsor for the Young Birder of the Year Program, Leica Sport Optics. Congratulations to everyone who participated in this prestigious competition!

Click here to see the complete list of all of module winners. And stay tuned to The Eyrie in the coming weeks to see excerpts from the winning entries, interviews with the winners, and more.

The ABA young birder programs are made possible thanks to the ABA members who fund this program through their generous donations.

The 2020 contest begins on April 15, so mark your calendars!For more information, contact the American Birding Association headquarters at (800) 850-BIRD (2473) or (302)-838-3660,, get in touch with Liz Gordon 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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