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nesting

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Nesting Habits of the Barn Swallow (Hirunda rustica)

This eighth-grader from New Mexico studied the nest-building practices of barn swallows. Along with discovering the Anasazi-pueblo-like construction of their nests, she saw some quirky musical behavior.

tardigrades

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Tardigrades as Environmental Bio-Indicators

Six years ago, the bear-like appearance of these microscopic organisms hooked this 12th-grader from Iowa. Learn how her interest then took her to Greenland with a team of prestigious scientists.

tidepools

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Tide Pools and the Life Within Them

Wade through the tide pools of Doheny State Beach with this seventh-grader from California, and discover the many animals that thrive in this ever-changing world of sand and surf.

whitepines

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Ozone Pollution and White Pines: Phase II

After witnessing the damage air pollutants had caused to the trees along her route to school, this young naturalist set out to learn more about how ozone pollution is affecting our environment. 

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