2006 Winning Essays
Twelve winning essays from the 2006 contest year of the Young Naturalist Awards by students from grade 7 - 12. Winning essays ranged from a look at Spanish moss as an indicator of air pollution, to the engineering feats of harvester ants, to the affect of ozone pollution on white pines.
The headline in a local newspaper — "Health Menace Lurks in Lakes" — spurred this young naturalist to find out if the lake she lives on had "killer algae."
Curiosity about why mocking birds had chosen to build their nests in a suburban area close to residential construction set this young naturalist on his research path.