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YNA 2001 Winners Hero

Twelve winning essays from the YNA 2001 contest year

2001 Award Winners

Twelve winning essays from the 2001 contest year of the Young Naturalist Awards by students from grade 7 - 12. Students researched and reported on a variety of scientific issues from the geology of the Palisades in New Jersey to the small mammals of the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming.



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.



Birding Sector 7

Set your alarm for 2 a.m., and trek along with this 11th-grader from Pennsylvania on the 102nd Christmas Bird Count. You'll start the day at Mingo Creek County Park. Be sure to wear a hat!



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.



An Essential Mineral

At 1,292 feet (394 meters) below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth. But it's not the depth but the sea's saltiness that buoyed the imagination of this seventh-grader from New York.



Bog Trotting

What turns a pond into an acid, waterlogged peat bog? Poor drainage and thousands of years, for starters. Go bog trotting with this eighth-grader from New Hampshire to learn more about the process.


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