Horned Lark
Laughing Gull
Black-and-white Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Eastern Kingbird
Grasshopper Sparrow
Northern Harrier
Hudsonian Godwit
Scarlet Tanager
Hooded Merganser
American Goldfinch
Northern Shoveler
Eastern Meadowlark
Ring-necked Pheasant
Black-bellied Plover
American Robin
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Northern Saw-whet-owl
Ring-necked Duck
Purple Martin
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Parula
Snowy Owl
Horned Grebe
Broad-winged Hawk
Bay-breasted Warbler
Prairie Warbler


Youth Camp Scholarship



There will be no Youth Scholarship grants in 2020


due to the Covid-19 pandemic.




The purpose of this scholarship is to help provide financial support for a young birder who would like to attend one of the following birding camps, for young birders, sponsored by the following organizations:


Hog Island Audubon Camp


American Birding Association’s Young Birder Camps


VENT Teen Birder Camps (SOLD OUT FOR 2018)


Cornell Lab of Ornithology Young Birder’s Event


These camps fill-up quickly, so please check to be sure there is still availability



In 2017, the PSO Annual Meeting managed to profit an amount that will allow for a $600 Scholarship. The amount of $600 was proposed, and voted on, with all in favor of funding a partial scholarship for a young Pennsylvania birder to attend a birding camp.


Applicant Criteria:

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

AGE- The applicant must be of the eligible age to attend the desired camp (see age requirement for the camp you desire to attend)

RESIDENCY- The applicant must be a Pennsylvania resident at the time of the application submission to the PSO

ESSAY- Each applicant must send an essay, which meets the criteria listed below, under “Applying for the Scholarship”

RECOMMENDATIONS - Each applicant must submit at least one recommendation, from an adult birding mentor, who can share with the committee why the applicant should be considered for the bird camp scholarship.

AGREEMENT- Each applicant must agree to write a short article, sharing their camp experience for the PSO Pileated newsletter. Applicants may also be asked to give a presentation during a PSO sponsored meeting.

Process for Review of Applications, and Winner Selections:

For the 2018 Scholarship, applications will be first evaluated by the PSO Education Committee.
The winning application will be selected by the PSO Education Committee, and the nomination for the winner will be sent to the PSO Board for approval.



All applications must be submitted/postmarked no later than December 31st, 2017, unless otherwise stated by the PSO Education Committee (upon which, the date will be changed on the application, and notifications to the public will be made).

A winner will be selected by the PSO Education Committee by January 15th, 2018 (unless otherwise noted by the PSO Education Committee)

Announcement of the winner of the scholarship will be announced to the PSO Community, and beyond, shortly after the winner has been notified.


Applying for the Scholarship

1.    Provide your name, date of birth, address (email and mailing address), and phone number
2.    Write an essay, no less than 450 words, describing:
·    your interest in birds
·    any bird-related projects you are involved in (examples: Christmas Bird Counts, eBird contributions, other), and
·    why you are hoping to attend the teen birding camp/event.
3.    Have a birding mentor, or an adult who understands your interest in birds, send a letter of recommendation to the address below, no later than December 31st, 2017, which explains why you should be considered for the scholarship to a birding camp.


Entries for the scholarship must provide the above, sent in either email format, or, via USPS, to one of these addresses, postmarked by January 15, 2018.

Ms. Holly Merker
PSO Education Committee Chair,
520 Baintree Run
Downingtown, PA 19335

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