We know that you are passionate about birds, and that you care deeply about making sure there are plenty of birds to be enjoyed not only by your children, but by your children’s children.
We also know you understand that, for the sake of conservation, we need to do everything we can to encourage new birders.
So, to celebrate young birders and the adults who inspire and encourage them, we’re holding an essay contest!
If you’re a young birder or an adult mentor to young birders, we want to hear from you. Your story could win you a Leica Trinovid 42 binocular!
Entering is easy. All you have to do is write a short essay:
If you’re an adult birder (age 22 or older on June 30, 2014), describe a memorable birding experience that you had mentoring one or more young birders.
If you’re a young birder (age 21 or younger on June 30, 2014), tell us about a memorable birding experience you had with an adult mentor.
To be considered, essays must be mailed to [email protected] no later than June 30, 2014.
Here’s what you could win
• The adult winner will be awarded a new Leica Trinovid 42 binocular. (Suggested retail price: $1449 US.)
• The winning young birder will receive a Leica Trinovid, too, but it won’t be just any Leica Trinovid. It will be lucky Leica Trinovid 42 Binocular No. 2002069 — the famous Traveling Trinovid!
That’s the same Trinovid used throughout 2013 by Kenn Kaufman, Pete Dunne, Victor Emanuel, Don and Lillian Stokes, and other expert birders. It was on site for both the second U.S. record of Amazon Kingfisher and the first record of Eurasian Sparrowhawk, and it’s the binocular that Neil Hayward used in December to break the ABA Big Year record.
In nine months’ time last year, some of the most talented birders in North America tallied 613 bird species with the Traveling Trinovid! Find out who they were and what birds they saw.
Why hold a contest?
According to Jeff Bouton, manager of birding and nature markets for Leica, the contest was created to recognize the importance of mentoring in the birding community.
“Leica has always championed youth birding programs,” he says, “and has earned the prestigious title of the Legacy Sponsor of the ABA Young Birding Programs due to our continuing support of these important programs over many years since they began. Quite simply, great programs like these and dedicated mentors will help develop and shape tomorrow’s industry leaders.”
Rules and details
You can read the complete rules on this page; here are the nuts-and-bolts:
Your essay must be no more than 300 words long. It must include your name, address, age, telephone number, and email address. Paper submissions will not be accepted. To be considered, your essay must be submitted electronically, either in the body of an email or as an attachment to an email.
A superstar panel of Leica Birding Team members and BirdWatching editors will select the winners. We’ll announce the winners on BirdWatchingDaily.com and in the October 2014 issue of BirdWatching magazine. We hope you are one of them!
A version of this announcement appeared in the June 2014 issue of BirdWatching magazine. Subscribe.