Every summer Cornell Lab of Ornithology hosts a four day Young Birders Event. This Event brings young birders together who have a passion for birds and are interested in pursuing a career in ornithology. Every year we will sponsor one young birder from UK to attend this event.

The participants will meet people who have successful careers that involve birds in a variety of ways from ornithological researchers, tour leaders, computer scientists to audio specialists. There will also be lots of opportunities to discuss bird trends as well as conservation and environmental issues.

We are so thrilled to have sponsored Max Hellicar to attend this year's event earlier this month. This event is a life changer for any young birder and this is what Max had to say: "The Cornell Young Birders' Event 2017 was absolutely amazing. It was a privilege to learn so much from those at the top of the profession which I hope to go into. I learnt a lot about the scientific ornithological sectors as well as learning about the identification of species which were previously unfamiliar to me. The overwhelming sense of encouragement and willingness to share information on any subject from everyone at Cornell is very impressive and it was a great boost to my determination to have the privilege of visiting this early on in my career."

Scroll down to see a slideshow of some of Max's photos from the event.

Cornell 2016
This is the second year we have sponsored someone to attend Cornell. Last year Amy Hall attended: "Being chosen for this trip meant a lot to me - I was massively supported by the Cameron Bespolka Trust and the BTO before I left.”

Amy Hall, wrote an in-depth report of her event. It is clear to see what an impression this trip has made on her. Click here to read her report

Please also  check out Amy's blog for her monthly updates on all sorts of interesting nature related topics.

Cornell Lab Bird Event 2018

12th - 15th July, 2018
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology will host the annual 2018 Young Birders Event in Ithaca, New York. This event brings teenagers together with a passion for birds and who are interested in pursuing a career in ornithology. The participants will meet people who have careers that involve birds in a variety of ways from ornithological researchers to tour leaders, to audio specialists and computer scientists. Application information will be posted shortly. We will select and sponsor one UK young birder to attend.

The Young Birder’s Event will feature:

  • two days of field trips
  • presentations by Cornell Lab of Ornithology staff including professors, researchers, and students who will share various ways to incorporate birds into a career
  • eBird and field notes workshop
  • sound recording workshop
  • tour of the Cornell Lab including the Macaulay Library and Museum of Vertebrates
  • dinner with Cornell Lab Directors and staff

More information will be posted here shortly. Please keep checking.

 


Photos by Max Hellicar

 

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker




Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler




Chesnut-sided Warbler

Chesnut-sided Warbler




Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing




Chesnut-sided Warbler

Chesnut-sided Warbler




Veery

Veery




Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager




Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler




Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat




Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker




Barred Owl

Barred Owl