Student members provide content for the club newsletter and help plan monthly field trips all over the state of Ohio. The Club’s yearly activities culminate with an annual conference where all of the presentations are given by young people. We invite a keynote speaker – also a young person – and all of the speakers receive an honorarium. During the six-year history of this event, we’ve been blessed to experience some of the most articulate, dynamic, informative, and entertaining presentations we’ve ever seen at any bird-related event. Seriously: they are that good! Here are some scenes from last year's conference to give you an idea of what an outstanding event it truly is.
OYBC student members help sell tickets that raise funds
for the Club!
Every year the number of participants has grown. In 2011, our speakers presented to more than 125 people! If you've ever done public speaking then you know how intimidating it can be to get up in front of even a small group of people. Many of these kids have never done any public speaking before the conference, but you'd never know it. Looking around the room and seeing the faces of dozens of young people in the audience watching their peers as they stand before this big crowd and deliver these knock-out presentations is one of the most rewarding things I've ever experienced!
tool banding research is.
|Lukas Padegimas presented a talk on his experience as a field technician on a shorebird research project in Alaska! Ohio Ornithological Society (OOS) supported the conference and the OOS President, Jen Sauter, attended. She was so impressed with Lukas's presentation that she invited him to give his presentation at their shorebird conference happening this fall in Lakeside, Ohio! |
Jessie Barry, from Cornell Lab of Ornithology, gave a presentation filled with opportunities for young birders! BSBO is working with the Lab on some exciting projects for young birders, so watch for announcements about that coming soon!
Our 7th Annual Ohio Young Birders Conference is just around the corner. This year’s event is November 3rd, and it's being hosted by the brand-spanking new Aullwood Farm & Discovery Center in Dayton, Ohio. Our keynote speaker will be Benjamin Van Doren from White Plains, NY. Benjamin will be a freshman this fall at Cornell University, and he is already an accomplished researcher and author in bird studies.
The conference is an inspiring, informative, and fun experience, and I hope you'll consider attending this year. Come see some of our best and brightest young birders in action and experience hope for the future of bird conservation!
Registration will open soon, and you can get more information about the conference -- and about the OYBC -- at the Club's website. www.ohioyoungbirders.org Or, call Black Swamp Bird Observatory at (419) 898-4070.
I hope to see you there.