2008 Winning Essays

Part of the Young Naturalist Awards Curriculum Collection.

Thirteen winning essays from the 2008 contest year of the Young Naturalist Awards by students from grade 7 - 12. Winning essays ranged from an investigation into the health of Chesapeake Bay to grasshopper adaptations in sub-alpine regions of the Rockies to a study of solitary bee nesting preferences.

Article River Crossings: Effects on Wildlife in and Around the Fort River What makes a good river crossing — for wildlife, not just people? This young naturalist evaluated the bridges, culverts, and open-bottom... Article Irrigation or Evaporation? This young naturalist set out to determine if irrigation or evaporation played a bigger role in dropping water levels in his neighborhood... Article Nesting Preferences of the Alfalfa Leaf-cutting Bee Did you know there are species of bees that lives alone, not together with a hive? Find out more about solitary bees from this young... Article Investigating the Effect of Silver Nanoparticles on Aquatic Organisms Because of its antibacterial and antiviral qualities, silver is being added to an increasing number of household products. But how... Article Filtration Capabilities of The Eastern Oyster and Soft-Shell Clam Article for grades 6 through 12 This young naturalist looked to oyster restoration projects, which have gained popularity in recent... Article Colors Within: A Study of the Pigmentations in Deciduous and Broadleaf Evergreens The glorious reds, yellows, and oranges we see in fall leaves are there all along — find out why we don’t see them the rest of the... Article Grasshoppers in the Rockies: Surmounting Alpine Challenges How do grasshoppers, who don’t have a winter wardrobe, cope with cold weather? That’s the question that launched this young naturalist’s... Article Birds of a Feather Feed Together We humans certainly have feeding preferences, but what about birds? This young naturalist decided to use feeding preferences as a... Article Gestural Communication by a Group of Western Lowland Gorillas This young naturalist studied lowland gorillas at the Bronx Zoo, whose ages ranged from 1 to 27 years. See what she discovered about... Article Juvenile Blue Crab Cannibalism Habitat destruction and overfishing aren’t the only obstacles faced in trying to increase the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population.... Article Providing Habitat for Threatened Drymarchon corais couperi Utilizing Gopherus polyphemus Burrows In some areas, seeing an indigo snake is considered a once-in-a-lifetime event because of the reptile’s rarity. See how this young... Article Resilience of a Red Sea Fringing Coral Reef Under Extreme Environmental Conditions: A Four Year Study Travel with this young naturalist to the Red Sea to survey the resilience of the fringing reef in the Gulf of Suez and the six species... Article Anthropogenic Radionuclides in the Estuarine Environment Near a Boiling Water Nuclear Reactor Jersey’s Barnegat Bay has inspired years of research for this young naturalist. Find out what she discovered when she set out to...