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Twelve winning essays from the YNA 2003 contest year

2003 Winning Essays

Twelve winning essays from the 2003 contest year of the Young Naturalist Awards by students from grade 7 - 12. Winning essays ranged from a comparison of streams in Washington State to determine the needs of salmon, to investigating the adaptability of the common periwinkle, to the an examination of the life of a saguaro cactus.

sarah8

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Oscawana: A Dying Lake?

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - Oscawana has all the symptoms of a dying lake. Join this seventh-grader from New York as she hunts for the culprits—and examines what can be done to restore the lake.

kyle2

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Saguaro Cactus: From Life to Death

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - Journey to the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona with this seventh-grader for an up-close and personal look at the saguaro cactus, which can live about 200 years and grow to be almost 80 feet tall.

linda1

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Worms in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - Did you know that earthworms migrate during the winter? Find out where they go—and other fascinating details—as this eighth-grader from New York examines their underground world.

seth9

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Survival in the Northeast Wilderness

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - Squirrels aren't the only ones who can make a meal of acorns. You could, too, if you were lost in the woods without food. Get a lesson in wilderness survival from this Rhode Island ninth-grader.

Charlotte-Hoover

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Aquarium: An Ecosystem in Miniature

In a 29-gallon fish tank, this ninth-grader from Virginia created a tropical freshwater ecosystem—and then watched how fish that could never meet in nature interacted. A 2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay.

elspeth8

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Aspen Island

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - "Some plants don't seem to notice the change in weather, but others, like the aspen, have a new outfit for each season," writes this 10th-grader from New Mexico in her winning Young Naturalist essay.

doug2

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Arsenic and Zinc Distributions in Streams Near Park City, Utah

How safe is the drinking water in your town? This 10th-grader from Utah decided to test water samples to find out the answer for himself. Then, he devised a creative way to improve surface water. A 2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay.

donald4

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Bobwhite Quail Decline in Texas

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - Why was this 11th-grader from Texas stopping at every mile marker along the road and randomly tossing a hula hoop over his shoulder? To further science, of course! 

yushan3

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Exploring the Mystique of the Mushroom

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - This 12th-grader from Michigan had never seen a single mushroom growing in her yard ... so she was astonished to discover more than 14 different types. Were they new, or had she overlooked them?

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