2012 Winning Essays
Thirteen winning essays from the 2012 contest year of the Young Naturalist Awards by students from grade 7 - 12. Winning essays ranged from an investigation of a parrolet’s seed preference, to the effect of wildfires on the biodiversity of Arizona wildlife, to a study of a parasite infecting western monarch butterflies.
Worried about the declining population of native brook trout in the Lake Champlain Basin, this young naturalist set out to determine if mating between native and non-native species was a factor. See her findings.
The Prevalence of Ophryocystis elektroscirrha Infections in the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus): A Study of the Protozoan Parasite in a Wild Po...
High in the eucalyptus trees in coastal southern California, a cluster of migrating monarch butterflies formed huddled masses, as if to brave the chill. I could appreciate their need for warmth as my own wind-chilled fingers refused to move, making the delicate task of handling one of the netted butterflies even more challenging.
Effects of Urbanization on Cutaneous Bacteria as Inhibitors of the Amphibian Fungal Pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis
Intrigued by Eastern Redback salamanders, this young naturalist was inspired to research the worldwide amphibian decline. See her findings.