Student Programs

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Upcoming Events

Monthly Zoom Meetings are held for WFO Student Members on the first Friday of each month. The Zoom Meetings are organized and hosted by our Student Programs Committee Youth Council. Be sure to join WFO/renew your membership and you will receive an email invitation. RSVP required.

Upcoming Program:
December 4, 2020 at 5 PM

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies ornithologist Meredith McBurney and banding station volunteer Santiago Tabares will be speaking to us about bird banding and what we can learn from it now and in the future.
      Bird banding is described as the practice of catching a bird and putting a small metal band on its leg, allowing us to track individual birds and learn about their migratory habits. Recent advances in science and technology are allowing scientists to use this “banding” process to greatly expand what we can learn about birds.

If you are a WFO student member and are interested in participating, please contact Justina at and we’ll keep you in the loop.

We hope to see you there!

Check out past Zoom meeting presentations here

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Next deadline is date is December 5, 2020.
WFO has created an online newsletter for all its members. This splendid document has a wealth of informative articles with several written by students. Click here to download the latest newsletter. Students are invited and encouraged to submit their original articles on any bird- related topic—limit of 300 words or less—and/or submit your bird photos, sketches, and field notebook pages to the newsletter. WFO members look forward to reading and seeing what the student birders are doing. Submit your work to:

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Meet the Student Programs Committee Youth Council

Calvin Bonn is a 14-year-old birder from Redondo Beach, California, and has been birding since he was 8! He enjoys birding in his local parks because there are 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!

Justina 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 other studies as well. With much anticipation, she looks forward to the bright future of WFO!

Santiago 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 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 butterflies 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!

Lara Tseng is an avid 13-year-old birdwatcher from Lake Forest, California. 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!