World Series Student Team
Cornell students make up the birding team known as The Redheads. The student team returns to the World Series of Birding in New Jersey on May 11, and will try to tally the greatest number of birds seen or heard in 24 hours in Cape May County. Your donation to the team helps fund undergraduate research. Go Redheads!
Ben Barkley, co-captain
Ben is a sophomore at Cornell in the Department of Natural Resources. Born and raised in New Jersey, he is excited to return home to compete in his fifth World Series of Birding. Ben started birding on a family trip to Costa Rica, and he has traveled all over North America, Kenya, the Galapagos, and the high Arctic looking for new and interesting birds. He cannot wait to join the rest of this year's Redhead's to recapture the Cape May County award.
Andrew Johnson, co-captain
Andy is currently a junior studying biology. He has been fascinated with birds since elementary school, and was a member of Team Redhead in 2011. Since coming to Cornell, he has spent three summers in Churchill, Canada, studying Hudsonian Godwits and Whimbrels. In 2012, he followed these shorebirds to their wintering grounds in Chile during an undergraduate filming and recording expedition, and took part in another student multimedia expedition to southern California. He is now working with the Lab’s Multimedia Department to produce short films about his research on migratory shorebirds, as well as video content for the Young Birders’ Network. Andy hopes to pursue this union of media outreach and scientific research in the future; to see some of the results of his expeditions and research, visit www.andyjohnsonphoto.com
Jack is a senior at Cornell and says he first fell in love with birds at age 8 on his family's coffee farm in Nicaragua. Since then, his passion for birds has followed him as he moved around in Latin America. This has lead to an undying passion for Neotropical Birds. Jack is extremely excited to return to the Redhead this year, his second in the competition.
Benjamin Van Doren
Benjamin is a freshman biology major at Cornell and has been birding since age eight. He is fascinated by bird migration and enjoys ornithological research--especially projects that involve traveling to exciting places--but there's no resisting the thrill of a Big Day competition! Although a first-time Redhead, he is hardly a stranger to the World Series; his three previous statewide runs include a Youth Division victory. After taking a year's hiatus from the event, Benjamin is eager to return to New Jersey in May to help the Redheads retake the Cape May County award.
Teresa is a sophomore in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. A lifelong birder, she has been having a blast these past two years with the wonderful opportunities for bird-crazy undergraduates at Cornell. She is the president of the Cornell Birding Club, spent a few weeks last spring admiring seabirds at the Shoals Marine Lab, and went to southern California over spring break on a recording expedition with the Macaulay Library. She visited the tropics for the first time last summer on an expedition to Borneo with Cornell Expeditions in Field Ornithology, where she spent every waking minute birding the rainforest and researching poorly-known birds like pittas and broadbills. Teresa is very excited about her first World Series and is glad for the chance to help raise funds so the Cornell Lab of Ornithology can continue giving undergraduates these amazing experiences