A few weeks ago I was delighted to hear from The Cameron Bespolka Trust that I’d be this years recipient of the Cameron Bespolka Scholarship to attend the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Young Birders Event in Ithaca, New York state!

It was down to my attitude and enthusiasm being second to none as well as my self motivation to help others that resulted in the trust offering me this once in a life time opportunity. During the event I’ll be with 15 other young birders, as we meet Cornell’s top scientists and ornithologists from the 12th – 15th of July.


Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) – One of the several mouth New World warblers species to be encountered during the event.

The Event will feature:

  • Two days of field trips.
  • Presentations by Cornell Lab of Ornithology staff including professors, researchers, and students who will share various ways to incorporate birds into a career.
  • eBird and field notes workshop.
  • Sound recording workshop.
  • Tour of the Cornell Lab including the Macaulay Library and Museum of Vertebrates
  • Dinner with Cornell Lab Directors and staff

The trip is sponsored by The Cameron Bespolka Trust and will cover flights, transfers, the whole event which includes meals, accommodation, all transportation during the weekend .

Past Cornell Events

Cornell 2017
maxphotoMax Hellicar attended the event in July 2017. This event is a life changer for any young birder and this is what Max had to say: “The Cornell Young Birders’ Event 2017 was absolutely amazing. It was a privilege to learn so much from those at the top of the profession which I hope to go into. I learnt a lot about the scientific ornithological sectors as well as learning about the identification of species which were previously unfamiliar to me. The overwhelming sense of encouragement and willingness to share information on any subject from everyone at Cornell is very impressive and it was a great boost to my determination to have the privilege of visiting this early on in my career.”


Cornell 2016
amy3 Amy Hall was selected to attend the event in 2016 and she had this to say: “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.”

Amy Hall wrote an in-depth report of her event. It is clear to see what an impression this trip has made on her. Click here to read her report

Please also check out Amy’s blog for her monthly updates on all sorts of interesting nature related topics.


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