2004 Winning Essays

Twelve winning essays from the 2004 contest year of the Young Naturalist Awards by students from grade 7 - 12. Winning essays ranged from the an investigation of the divergence of marine iguana species in the Galapagos archipelago, to life in a Vernal pool, to a comparison of copper ore deposits in two Arizona copper mines.

¡Que Vivan las Serpientes Muertas!

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

¡Que Vivan las Serpientes Muertas!

"What can I do for a decent science fair project?" See how this 12th-grader from Ohio turned his answer to this common question—a road mortality survey of snakes—into a four-year study and a published paper. 

The Mysterious Peregrine Falcon

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Mysterious Peregrine Falcon

On a hiking trip, this 12th-grader from New Brunswick spied a peregrine falcon. A second trip brought the discovery of another falcon—a rare breeding pair. But then the mystery began ...