The Georgia Youth Birding Competition serves as the model for host organizations to follow in creating their own Race 4 Birds. Almost all of the guidance and tools available through R4B were developed by Tim Keyes and the Georgia YBC and modified for use by other host organizations.
Although a co-founder of the Race 4 Birds Foundation and a Director, Mr. Keyes was unaware of the award until it was announced at the closing banquet for the 10th Annual YBC in April, 2015.
In announcing the surprise to Mr. Keyes, the assembled competitors, mentors, parents and supporters, R4B President Constance Campanella observed that the qualities of leadership and vision embodied in Mr. Keyes demanded recognition. “Tim took an idea and made it a reality. But he did more than that. He brought along hundreds of others to follow him and share his vision and commitment to getting young people outdoors and enjoying birds in a fun, exciting way. Without Tim and the YBC, there would be no Race 4 Birds Foundation working to take that opportunity to thousands of young people nationwide.”
In addition to founding and leading the Georgia Youth Birding Competition, Tim Keyes is a wildlife biologist for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, a major supporter of the YBC.
Other Directors of the Race 4 Birds Foundation are internationally known author and photographer, Richard Crossley, Nikon TV producer and host James Currie and Dr. Lowell “Rusty” Pritchard, environmental policy consultant.
Two advisory boards comprised of young birders and mentors also help direct the organization.
The Race 4 Birds Foundation, Inc. is a 503-c-3 tax exempt organization. Founded in 2014, its mission is to encourage and support host organizations to create their own Race 4 Birds events. Youth birding competitions represent unique opportunities for young people to learn and enjoy birds and the outdoors.
In addition to the Georgia YBC, other youth birding competitions scheduled for 2015 include R4B Philly, the Broun Birding Bowl at Hawk Mountain, Pennsylvania, the South Miami Race 4 Birds and the Family Nature Summit Race 4 Birds in North Carolina. A complete calendar is available atwww.race4birds.org.
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