2007 Winning Essays

Part of the Young Naturalist Awards Curriculum Collection.

YNA 2007 Winners Hero

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.

Article Algae in the Wekiva River: Is It Helping or Hurting Water Quality? Is a thriving algae population good or bad for a river’s water quality? Find out what this young naturalist discovered when she set... Article 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... Article An Analysis of Water Quality on the Severn River over Two Years The Chesapeake Bay has been around for eons, so why now does a little rain present a major problem to the bay’s health? Find out... Article An Analysis of the Effect of Roofing Albedo on Ambient Temperature With the amount of snow and ice cover on the planet decreasing, this young naturalist set out to find a way humans might increase... Article An Investigation of Water Quality in Mercer County Lake How safe is the water in Mercer Lake as an occasional play area for local family dogs, including mine? Find out what this young naturalist... Article 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... Article Thigmomorphogenesis in Pisum sativum Tendril Development This young naturalist investigated the common garden pea’s ability to alter its growth form, producing a visible response to its... Article 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... Article Human Factor IV: The Impact of a Boiling Water Nuclear Reactor on the Plankton, Benthic and Biofouling Communities in the Reactor's Intake and Disc... This young naturalist continued her previous study of a nuclear generating station, this time examining biodiversity and species... Article 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... Article 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... Article More Than Meets the Eye: Do Himasthla Sp. B Cercariae Use Chemo-orientation? After trudging through a muddy salt marsh, this young naturalist decided to investigate whether cercariae used chemo-orientation...