2009 Winning Essays
Twelve winning essays from the 2009 contest year of the Young Naturalist Awards by students from grade 7 - 12. Many of the winning essays focused on threats to the environment, from invasive plant species to the degradation of our fresh and saltwater systems. Other winning essays ranged from an exploration of nightly moth activity in Tennessee, to facial and gestural communications among lowland gorillas, to the feeding habits of the birds in northern Illinois.
This young naturalist worked with a local nature center to help them collect data about which types of seeds and feeders best attracted birds.
Beyond the nuisance factor, mosquitoes can pose real threats to human health. This young naturalist set out to test the effectiveness of four different plants in repelling the insects.