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15-year-old orinthology enthusiast wins Young Birder of the Year

Published: March 5, 2014, 10:13 am, by Debbie Kelley

Alec Wyatt, left, led numerous bird walks for youngsters last summer. Gazette file photo.

A local 15-year-old orinthologist has won the American Birding Association’s top award: Young Birder of the Year.

Rampart High School freshman Alec Wyatt took first place honors in the 14- to 18-year-old category, impressing the judges with his dedication to conservation and community leadership. Alec also received high marks for his outstanding field notebook, which details his activities.

Check out this Gazette article on Alec from last summer.

Among his accomplishments, Alec adopted and repaired 36 bird houses along the Black Forest Section 16 recreational trail and then fixed them and tended to the birds after last summer’s Black Forest fire came right up to the nesting boxes.

He’s led youth-centered educational bird walks in the summertime and has earned praise from adults for his innate listening and spotting skills and love of the hobby.

Alec took second play last year in the Young Birder of the Year contest and had set as his goal winning first this year.