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Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin DE

This symposium is an incredible opportunity to learn from the experts and leaders in ornithology and avian science.” - Claire Wayner


The Frontiers in Ornithology Symposium is a new event for youth ages 13-22 and their mentors. The primary mission of this event will be to focus on ornithology, conservation science and related academic pursuits. The symposium will not focus on birding, bird identification techniques, or listing birds, but instead on cutting-edge technologies being used in avian research and study, careers in ornithology and how to pursue that focus in either higher education, vocationally or avocationally. The goal is to educate and inspire youth to take their passion for birds to a higher level. Join us on September 28th at the Ashland Nature Center in Delaware for a full day of keynotes, speakers, panel discussions, and new friends!

Sponsorship opportunities are available! All proceeds of the symposium go into The Frontiers Fund. Participants are given one ticket to vote for one of three programs. The programs are selected by the Frontiers Team based on their benefit to youth through education, research, or conservation activities.

Keynote Speaker


Scott Weidensaul

Ornithologist and author Scott Weidensaul celebrates the natural world in his research, his writing and his public speaking. Weidensaul spearheads a number of major research projects focusing on owls, hummingbirds and songbirds. He has written more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer-nominated Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere With Migratory Birds. Scott is co-director of Project Owlnet, helped found Project SNOWstorm, and is a collaborating ornithologist and bird bander for many avian research projects. He leads programs each year at Hog Island Audubon Camp.

Youth Keynote Speakers

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Claire Wayner

Claire is an undergraduate at Princeton University studying environmental engineering. While an active member of the Youth division of Maryland Ornithological Society (YMOS), Claire helped recover birds in downtown Baltimore that had collided with windows and was responsible for Baltimore public schools enacting a ban on styrofoam.

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Patrick Newcombe

Patrick Newcombe is an avid birder and photographer who is passionate about conservation. He has spent time during the past two summers at Osa Conservation’s Piro Biological Station in Costa Rica researching the endangered Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager. He is an active member of YMOS and is the editor of the Montgomery Bird Club’s newsletter. Patrick is a junior at Sidwell Friends School and a Caroline D. Bradley Scholar.