Western Field Ornithologists (WFO)
Student Programs—Zooming Your Way!

WFO Student Programs is excited to announce that virtual meetings will be held live via Zoom – on a monthly basis throughout the year. During the corona virus pandemic, WFO students now have a way to connect and keep the magic of birds and birding alive!

As student youth councils, Justina, Calvin, Lara, and Santiago have graciously stepped in to volunteer to coordinate and host the WFO Student Programs Zoom meetings.

The first virtual meeting was held on June 5, 2020. We were honored to have Jon Dunn and Kimball Garrett give a very informative presentation: THE WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW (ZONOTRICHIA LEUCOPHRYS). Participants learned that there are five subspecies of White-crowned Sparrows: gambelii, nuttalli, leucophrys, pugetensis, and oriantha. Each differ in bill color, feather patterns, and distribution throughout North America. Interestingly, some even differ in vocalizations!

The next meeting is planned for July 3, 2020. Stay tuned for details!

If you are a WFO student member and are interested in participating, please contact Justina at and we will keep you in the loop. We hope to see you there!

Do you want to become a member of WFO or renew your membership? Student memberships are just $10 a year. Join now!

BonnCalvin Bonn is a 14-year-old young birder from Redondo Beach, CA and has been birding since he was 8! He enjoys birding in his local parks because there is so many exciting discoveries - from nests to unusual behaviors to new birds themselves!  He has a passion for bird conservation and wants to be a field biologist after college.  He has done Least Tern and Snowy Plover surveys with USFWS and has studied the distribution of sapsuckers in his area.  He is very excited to be part of these new meetings!

JustinaJustina Martelli is a 17-year-old naturalist from Thousand Oaks, California. Having a strong passion for exploration of the outdoors, she is an avid photographer and takes field notes wherever adventure brings her. She is a California Condor ambassador and stays involved with the Pasadena and Conejo Valley Audubon Societies. She plans to study mycology and additionally focus on field work and research in college, taking birding and music (piano, guitar, and voice) along with her as well. With much anticipation, she looks forward to the bright future of WFO!

SantiagoSantiago Tabares is a 17-year-old nature enthusiast biking and birding around Denver, Colorado, and has been watching birds since he was 4! While birding, he obtains audio recordings and photos of whatever he encounters, including odes, butterflies, reptiles, and all sorts of other critters. He has volunteered with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies in bird banding, Denver Audubon, Hawkwatch, monarch tagging, and co-founded the Denver Audubon Young Birder Club. He is very excited to be working with WFO to continue supporting young birders through these meetings!

LaraLara Tseng is an avid 13-year-old birdwatcher from Lake Forest, CA. She has a passion for combining technology and conservation and hopes to study biotechnology. She has volunteered for the Cavity Conservation Initiative, Tree Care for Birds and Other Wildlife, Sea & Sage Audubon, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, along with other environment-related organizations. She is a Western bluebird monitor and currently is doing a research project on eggshell consumption during the breeding season on these birds with the help of the Southern California Bluebird Club and has done past studies on eggshell consumption as well. As a fairly new member, she hopes to connect with other WFO students and is excited for what these meetings have to offer!