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2013 Winning Essays

The  Young  Naturalist Awards essays, by students in grades 7 through 12, ranged from a study of mammalian species in an urban, fragmented area, to the investigation of a river’s health, to studies centered on methods for  improving biofuel yield.


Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Urban Birds in Central Park

Claire—The spotting of a red-tailed hawk near her home inspired this young naturalist to investigate how birds live in a city environment. See her findings


Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Weed Warfare: Investigating Allelopathy

Julia—Pesticides can kill invasive plant species but at what cost to the environment? This ecologically-minded young naturalist tested the effectiveness of using one invasive plant species to control another. 


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