WFO occasionally provides competitive scholarships to help young people who are interested in field ornithology to attend conferences. All students in grades 6 through 12 automatically receive a scholarship waiver of the conference registration fee. This year WFO awarded an additional Pasadena Audubon/WFO scholarships covering the banquet, lodging, and activities at the Olympia conference to Zoe McCormick.
Zoe McCormick receives 2013 Pasadena Audubon/WFO youth scholarship.
Zoe McCormick, a 14 year old birder from Mill Valley, CA. Here are some of Zoe’s achievements in her own words.
“I am one of 20 students in the Master Birder Program at the California Academy of Sciences. The Master Birder program is a year-long program of coursework and field work designed to help increase students’ knowledge of birds, ecology, habitat, conservation, and citizen science.”
“I go birding several times a week and enter my data in EBird. I also contribute to Nestwatch and Feederwatch, and participated in a Christmas Bird Count. I volunteer with the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Marin Audubon Society. This year, I volunteered for the Waterbird Survey and Shorebird Survey at the Audubon Center, twice a month for six months.”
“I also enjoy sharing my knowledge of birds with others. I have started a Young Birders club, the Bay Area Young Birders. I teach the club about various bird-related topics, lead bird walks, and organize speakers.”
Congratulations to Zoe McCormick. We look forward to meeting you in Olympia, WA in August.