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YNA 2007 Winners Hero

Twelve winning essays from the YNA 2007 contest year

2007 Winning Essays

Twelve winning essays from the 2007 contest year of the Young Naturalist Awards by students from grade 7 - 12.  Winning essays ranged from an investigation into the death of barn owls near a highway, to the impact of a boiling water nuclear reactor on biodiversity and species abundance, to a survey of birds in Indroda Nature Park in Gujarat, India.


Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Toads of Delaware County

The discovery of a huge toad set this young naturalist on a path to investigate these amphibians and their life cycle. See what he learned about the Eastern American toad.


Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Barn Owls on the Side of the Road

The discovery of many dead barn owls lying around the highway peaked this young naturalist’s curiosity. See what he learned when from his investigation.


Young Naturalist Awards Essay

From the Desert to the Subalpine Forest

This young naturalist used a trip to the Grand Canyon to test her hypothesis: the higher the elevation, the greater the number of species of flora that would be present.


Young Naturalist Awards Essay

A Survey of the Birds of Indroda Nature Park in Gujarat, India

In the summer of 2006, I spent a month in Gujarat, in western India, visiting family. It was the middle of June, but in India summer was coming to a close. Every living thing was waiting for the monsoon rains to arrive and put an end to the infernal heat. It was perhaps not the best time of year to study birds, but for an apartment-dwelling, sun-deprived Connecticut bird enthusiast, any time was good enough for a field trip.


Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Lichens as Indicators of Vehicle Pollution

Can different lichen species be used as indicators of traffic contamination in his town? Find out what this young naturalist discovered when he set out to answer that question.

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