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Grades 9-12

At the fresh age of ten, I became apprenticed to my father to learn the precise techniques of bird banding. I am pictured here with a red phalarope.

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Growing Up at Espenberg: Eggstatic About Foxes

This Alaskan senior wanted more from her summers than being her parents' research assistant. Travel north of the Arctic Circle, and take a close look at her hands-on—and hand-off—research on foxes.

Norway maple leaves on the verge of turning to autumn color

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Alien Plant Invaders

Armed with mug shots of New York's top 20 plant invaders, this junior began an expedition in her backyard. How many of these non-native invasive plants had already gained a foothold?

Figure 10: A sketch of the outside and inside of a Douglas fir cone.

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Salmon Creek: A Search for the Missing Salmon

One hundred years ago, salmon were so plentiful that children could stack them along the banks like firewood. This seventh-grader wanted to know what happened to all the salmon in Salmon Creek.

Red-eared slider

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Turtle Basking in New York City

With so many rocks to choose from, why were the turtles sticking to this group of three, some piling on top of one another? Follow along as this ninth-grader from New York investigates basking behavior.

Pillsbug walking and on defense

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Pillbugs: Little Creatures in My Backyard

This junior from Kansas found a swarm of "roly-polies" wreaking havoc in her family's garden. Learn about her successful search for peaceful cohabitation.

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