CALL­ING ALL YOUNG BIRD­ERS!

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THE CAMERON BE­SPOLKA Trust is of­fer­ing a unique schol­ar­ship to the pres­ti­gious Young Bird­ers’ Camp at Cor­nell Lab of Or­nithol­ogy, Ithaca, New York, from July 6th to 9th. The Trust (which you can find at cameronbe­spolka.com) was set up in hon­our of young nat­u­ral­ist and pas­sion­ate bird­watcher Cameron Be­spolka (pic­tured be­low), who died in De­cem­ber 2013, in a tragic ac­ci­dent, and the schol­ar­ship will be awarded to one 16-18 year old birder from the UK. This event is a great op­por­tu­nity for any 16-18 year old who has a pas­sion for birds and wants to find out more about ca­reers that in­volve them. Par­tic­i­pants will be able to bird­watch with skilled bird­ers from the Cor­nell Lab of Or­nithol­ogy, as well as meet with ex­pe­ri­enced Lab of Or­nithol­ogy staff, in­clud­ing or­nitho­log­i­cal re­searchers, tour lead­ers, au­dio spe­cial­ists and com­puter sci­en­tists. In­ter­ested teenagers can fill out an ap­pli­ca­tion form and re­turn it for re­view by March 17th. A short­list of three bird­ers will be cho­sen by early April, with one then se­lected and no­ti­fied in April to at­tend the pres­ti­gious and over-sub­scribed event. The Young Bird­ers’ Event will fea­ture two days of field trips, pre­sen­ta­tions by Cor­nell Lab of Or­nithol­ogy staff in­clud­ing pro­fes­sors, re­searchers and stu­dents, an ebird and field notes work­shop, a sound and video record­ing work­shop, a tour of Cor­nell Lab in­clud­ing the Macau­lay Li­brary and Mu­seum of Ver­te­brates, and din­ner with Cor­nell Lab di­rec­tors and staff. Amy Hall (right), who at­tended the Young Bird­ers’ Event last year af­ter be­ing cho­sen by the Cameron Be­spolka Trust, said: “My trip to Cor­nell in June 2016 was in­cred­i­ble – the peo­ple in Amer­ica were so won­der­fully friendly and keen to in­tro­duce me to their avi­fauna. “I learned a lot about Amer­i­can or­nitho­log­i­cal prac­tices, as well as meet­ing new peo­ple who are all very in­ter­ested in find­ing out what bird­ing is like on our side of the pond! We spot­ted some re­ally cool species, such as Bald Ea­gle, Up­land Sand­piper and Ruby-throated Hum­ming­bird, and vis­ited dif­fer­ent bird­ing lo­ca­tions around Cayuga Lake, which was re­ally good fun. “Be­ing cho­sen for this trip meant a lot to me – I was mas­sively sup­ported by the Cameron Be­spolka Trust and the BTO be­fore I left, help­ing me with the ID of some of the more com­mon species I’d be see­ing. The Trust also kept good con­tact with me through­out my jour­ney to en­sure a safe ar­rival and re­turn. This trip taught me some vi­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, and has given me con­fi­dence in trav­el­ling abroad. I am still in con­tact with the peo­ple I met there, friends which will re­main for a long time.”

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