2009 Winning Essays

Twelve winning essays from the 2009 contest year of the Young Naturalist Awards by students from grade 7 - 12. Many of the winning essays focused on threats to the environment, from invasive plant species to the degradation of our fresh and saltwater systems. Other winning essays ranged from an exploration of nightly moth activity in Tennessee, to facial and gestural communications among lowland gorillas, to the feeding habits of the birds in northern Illinois.