Only a few days remain for young birders to apply for a unique scholarship to the prestigious Young Birders’ Camp at Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, from July 6th to 9th.
The Cameron Bespolka Trust (cameronbespolka.com) was set up in honour of young naturalist and passionate birdwatcher Cameron Bespolka (pictured above), who died in December 2013, in a tragic accident, and the scholarship will be awarded to one 16-18 year old birder from the UK.
This event is a great opportunity for any 16-18 year old who has a passion for birds and wants to find out more about careers that involve them. Participants will be able to birdwatch with skilled birders from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, as well as meet with experienced Lab of Ornithology staff, including ornithological researchers, tour leaders, audio specialists and computer scientists.
Interested teenagers can fill out an application form and return it for review by March 17th.
The Young Birders’ Event will feature two days of field trips, presentations by Cornell Lab of Ornithology staff including professors, researchers and students, an eBird and field notes workshop, a sound and video recording workshop, a tour of Cornell Lab including the Macaulay Library and Museum of Vertebrates, and dinner with Cornell Lab directors and staff.
To apply, please email Corinne Cruickshank at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information, and answers to the questions below (150-250 words per question):
Date of birth
GSCE qualifications if applicable
1 Why are you interested in attending this event?
2 Tell us about your interest in birds (include how you became interested in birds).
3 How often do you go birding? What surveys and schemes do you volunteer in? How do you keep your bird records i.e. enter sightings in BirdTrack, sketch the birds you see, supply your findings to local county bird club where you live?
4 What role do you expect birds to play in your life in the future?
5 Rank from 1-5 the topics that most interest you (1=the most): Sound Recording; Video Recording; Neotropical Birds; Nocturnal Flight Calls; Computer Science.
More information is available at cameronbespolka.com