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The Arthur Ross Terrace will be closed this morning, Tuesday, October 21, for a private cultural observance. You many observe smoke and/or fire coming from the Terrace at that time. The FDNY has been notified in advance, and all safety precautions are in place. The Terrace will reopen at 1 pm.

2005 Winning Essays

Twelve winning essays from the 2005 contest year of the Young Naturalist Awards by students from grade 7 - 12. Winning essays ranged from the investigation of the effect of Kahili ginger on the surrounding soil and native flora in Hawaii, to the search for variable stars in two northern open clusters, to the environment of a southwestern wash.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Pantano Wash: Investigating an Ecosystem

How do the many trees and shrubs that live at the bottom of dry riverbeds survive flash floods? Investigate the answer with this 7th-grader from Arizona as he monitors a neighborhood wash.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The World Through a Bat's Ears

This 10th-grader from New York first became fascinated with bats when she observed their "magical movements" in Israel's Negev Desert as a young child. Trek with her to Ontario to study their behavioral ecology.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Dance of the Moons

Find out how this 10th-grader from Oregon was able to take the back-and-forth motion he observed in Jupiter's moons and use it to figure out their circular motions.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Got Cats? Get Worms!

Meet a 12th-grader from Louisiana who's seeking an environmentally friendly solution to animal waste. His motivation? Ten family cats and the four smelly litter pans he's charged with cleaning!

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