YBC 2015 Results

Great job everyone with the Youth Birding Competition!
Below is a summary of the results.

High school division

1. Florida Scrub-jays (167 species), and overall competition winner

2. The Fellowship of the Wing (161 species)

3. Chaotic Kestrels (157 species) 

Middle school division

1. Wood Thrushes (146 species)

2. The Furry Robins (62 species)

3. Awesome Osprey (38 species) 

Elementary school division

1. Beautiful Bluebirds (58 species)

2. Prancing Peacocks 1 (56 species)

3. Kingsley Cardinals (53 species) 

Primary school division

1. 007's (56 species)

2. Jekyll Jays (48 species)

3. Girl Scouts Troop 60201 (47 species)

FUNDRAISING (division leaders)

1. Wood Thrushes, middle school division and overall top fundraiser, raising $1,282.

2. Chaotic Kestrels, $675 – high school division

3. Wild Redbirds, $108 – primary division 

Fundraising for conservation is voluntary. Teams this year supported efforts such as Race4Birds and the Georgia Wildlife Conservation Fund, which funds DNR's Nongame Wildlife Conservation Section.

TOP ROOKIE TEAMS (first-year teams)

  • Primary – Rock Star Red-tailed Hawks (34 species)
  • Elementary – Kinglsey Cardinals (53 species)
  • Middle school – The Furry Robins (62)
  • High school – Florida Scrub-jays (167 species)


  • Jess Searcy mentored the Rock Star Red-tailed Hawks (primary division)
  • Adam Kent mentored the Florida Scrub-jays (high school division).


  • Primary division: summer tanager artwork by Colleen Cao of Norcross, 6, first-grader at SKA Academy of Art & Design in Duluth.
  • Elementary: sanderling artwork by Yucheng Jonah Wu of Peachtree Corners, 9, fourth-grader at SKA Academy of Art & Design in Duluth.
  • Middle school:  cedar waxwing painting by Alina Svirida, 14, eighth-grader at Veterans Memorial Middle School in Covington.
  • High school and Grand Prize: great blue heron artwork by Ivey Smith, 17, 11th-grader at Carrollton High School in Carrollton. 

Art contest division winners received $50 gift cards to Michael's. The grand-prize winner received a $100 gift card to Michael’s, and the artwork was featured on the 2015 Youth Birding Competition T-shirt.

The results synopsis above came directly from the event press release, found HERE.