Young Birder of the Year
The youth program organized by Leica and ABA.
Young bird enthusiasts often find it difficult to make contact with other young people who share the same interest. What is the best way to encourage school children to develop an interest in ornithology and seek contact with like-minded people of the same age? To make this easier, the American Birding Association (ABA) has organized a competition for young people under the name of ABA/Leica Young Birder of the Year (YBY). Leica has been the main sponsor of the ABA program "Young Birder of the Year" going back to 1997. Leica also supports the Young Birder's Conventions and the Youth Birding Camps organized by the American Birding Association by providing high-quality optical equipment, scholarships and financial aid. This support has enabled even more talented young nature observers to take part in the programs and to profit from the expertise of professional mentors, who can give them useful hints on their choice of career.
The New Jersey Audubon Society, founded in 1897 is a non-profit organization, has been an active force at the forefront of environmental education, conservation and research for over a century. The bird observation station at Cape May, run by the Audubon Society from New Jersey, is a world-renowned center for bird enthusiasts and is the leading scientific bird conservatory in the region. Tens of thousands of people come to visit the place each Autumn. The data that have been collected over the 30-year history of the Cape May Hawk Watch have made a significant contribution to understanding the population dynamics of many species. Leica is official sponsor of Cape May Hawk Watch and also lends its support to a range of other cooperative research activities. In addition to providingfinancial support, Leica also supplies binoculars and spotting scopes for this project.