*UPDATED: Young Birder Giveaway Contest! Winner Announced!!

Update: It was hard to decide the First and Second place winners from the 5 essays submitted to me but it had to be done.

The winner is Viktor Vandereyk! His writing was truly elegant and engaging and he brought poetry to the birds around us. He will be awarded 2 books of his choosing plus "The Birds of Pacific Rim National Park"

2nd place goes to Katya Kondratyuk whose essay made me laugh and remember why I love birds. It was so delightful. She will receive the remaining 2 books and checklists.

Both essays will be published in the upcoming BCFO Magazine.

Congrats to both winners!! Thanks to everyone who submitted such amazing essays, you are all very talented writers and passionate birders.

Thanks again to Cameron Eckert for donating these great books!

My friend Cameron Eckert, conservation biologist from Whitehorse, Yukon (whom recently found a Far Eastern Curlew and author of "Birds of The Yukon Territory"); has generously donated the complete set of "The Birds of British Columbia Vol. 1-4" by R. Wayne Campbell et al.  and "The Birds of Pacific Rim National Park" by Adrian Dorst et al. and several checklists for different areas of the province to BCFO's Young Birder Program.

Detailed descriptions of each book are below:

Volume 1 - The Birds of British Columbia Vol 1: Non Passerines (Loons through Waterfowl)

Volume 2 - The Birds of British Columbia Vol 2: Non Passerines (Diurnal Birds of Prey through Woodpeckers)

Volume 3 - The Birds of British Columbia Vol. 3: Passerines (Flycatchers through Vireos)

Volume 4 - The Birds of British Columbia Vol 4: Passerines (Wood Warblers through Old World Sparrows)

These excellent books are in perfect condition and I will be giving them away to a Young Birder who writes an essay of my choosing (as we have done for our previous contests where kids won binoculars and a scope). I haven't decided yet if I will give the whole set away as one or as 4 separate prizes. The grand prize winner will get the "Birds of Pacific Rim National Park" as well. The complete set of the Birds of British Columbia Vol. 1-4 is worth 500.00$ via Chapters.  So thank you Cameron for such a great gift for the youth!

If you are interested in winning these books and are a young birder from BC, please send me an email or reply below for full contest details which will be provided to all entrants.

Photos: Melissa Hafting


  1. Wow! What an opportunity! Big thank you to Cameron Eckert for his generous gift to young birders!

    1. That's awesome and yes sonnice of Cam. It's great to see so many kids interested in these books and books in general enter. Will be hard for me to choose the winner cheers and good luck to all.


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