American Birding Podcast



Announcing the 2016 ABA Young Birders of the Year!

After months of impressive and dedicated work from young people across North America, our esteemed panel of judges  have evaluated and tabulated the results of the 2016 ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest. We have contacted the winners are ready to share the announcement with the rest of the world. Drumroll, please…

Your 2016 ABA Young Birder of the Year for the 14-18 age category is 16-year-old Caroline Biel from Toronto, Ontario! Congratulations, Caroline!

Caroline Biel

In the 10-13-year-old category the Young Birder of the Year is 13-year-old Avery Scott, from Williston, New York. Fantastic work, Avery!


Winning contestants receive prizes donated by birding-related businesses and organizations. Caroline and Avery, 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 2017 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, get in touch with Bill Stewart, or look for contest details on the ABA website.