2004 Winning Essays

Part of the Young Naturalist Awards Curriculum Collection.

The words "Young Naturalist Awards 2004" superimposed on a four-part photo of trees in grass, trees reflected on water, a bird of prey on a branch, and plants in dry soil.

Twelve winning essays from the 2004 contest year of the Young Naturalist Awards by students from grade 7 - 12. Winning essays ranged from the an investigation of the divergence of marine iguana species in the Galapagos archipelago, to life in a Vernal pool, to a comparison of copper ore deposits in two Arizona copper mines.

Article Gopher Tortoises: My Endangered Fellow Floridians Saddle up for a visit to the Circle F Dude Ranch, where this 7th-grader from Florida will introduce you to ... gopher tortoises.... Article A Comparison of the Bisbee and Morenci, Arizona, Copper Ore Deposits A treasured collection of geologic samples from the Arizona mine where her grandfather worked launched this 7th-graders's interest... Article The Growth Patterns of Aspens Is an aspen's diameter affected by its distance from the center of the grove? The search for the answer to this question sent this... Article Afpectus Lunae: Does the Moon Rotate on Its Axis? Like Earth, the Moon rotates on its axis. So why do we see only one view of its face? Grab two oranges, and let this 8th-grader from... Article Life in a Vernal Pool Come exploring with this 9th-grader from Texas as she watches a thriving vernal pool habitat rise up from an area of dried-up muddy... Article The Mystery of a Lifeless Creek: Investigating Dissolved Oxygen and Fecal-Coliform Bacteria This 9th-grader from Pennsylvania has many fond memories of the creek near her house—yet, this creek contains no aquatic life. Join... Article Explaining the Divergence of the Marine Iguana Subspecies on Espa There are seven subspecies of marine iguana, and they all live in the Gal Article The Impact of Plant Density and Diversity on Animal Populations in a Sonoran Desert Environment This 10th-grader from Arizona's neighborhood noticed that her association requires that all dry vegetation around homes be removed.... Article Effects of Nitrate, Phospate, and Hydrogen Ion Concentration on Synedra Ulna: Diatoms as Indicators of Water Composition Like generations of scientists before her, this 11th-grader from California understands that the key to scientific investigation... Article Morphologic Variation in the Common Periwinkle The common periwinkle, now one of the most abundant marine gastropods on the North Atlantic coast, was introduced accidentally to... Article ¡Que Vivan las Serpientes Muertas! "What can I do for a decent science fair project?" See how this 12th-grader from Ohio turned his answer to this common... Article The Mysterious Peregrine Falcon On a hiking trip, this 12th-grader from New Brunswick spied a peregrine falcon. A second trip brought the discovery of another falcon—a...