NY, Ohio groups help young birders connect

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ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) -- Fledgling birders can now flock together and explore college and career opportunities through a project hatched by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Ohio's Black Swamp Bird Observatory.

It's called the Young Birders Network, found online at www.youngbirdersnetwork.net . Organizers say it serves as a hub for teen birding clubs across the country and provides an online community for teens to share information and learn more about birding.

Articles on the Young Birders Network home page are written by a mix of middle-school and high-school students, Cornell University students, and Cornell and Black Swamp Observatory professionals.

For teens who don't find a birding club near them, the Young Birders Network offers a toolkit for starting their own.