Caleb Rykaczewski of Mentor High won a $100 special award from Western Cuyahoga Audubon for his research on seasonal variation of food intake by raptors at a wildlife rehabilitation center.
Science Fair Special Awards
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society recognized six students for outstanding projects relating to birds and/or conservation in the local watersheds at the 64th Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF), held March 6-9, 2017 at John Carroll University.
Caleb Rykaczewski of Mentor High won a $100 special award from Western Cuyahoga Audubon for his research on seasonal variation of food intake by raptors at a wildlife rehabilitation center. Caleb was a Western Cuyahoga Audubon special award winner in 2016 as well, for his project on the spread of avian flu. He volunteers at Kevin P. Clinton Wildlife Center, Lake Metroparks Penitentiary Glen.
Bryan Rego from University School investigated ingestion of microplastic debris by walleye and yellow perch in Lake Erie for a top prize of $100.
Honorable mention went to Columbia High's Ben Alten for work on the effect of terracing on field runoff. Robert Kent, a St. Anselm student, looked into the question of whether microplastic contaminants are more abundant in farm-raised or wild clams. Meghan Kessinger from Beaumont School studied algal growth. Comparison of nitrate and phosphate levels in disturbed and undisturbed lakes netted honorable mention for Sana Siddiqui. Sana, a student at Berea-Midpark High, sampled water at Beyer's Pond, Coe Lake, Lake Abram, Lake Isaac and Lake Erie.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon science fair judges were Karen Czerniawski and Penny O'Connor.
Links suggested by WCAS in relation to these topics
Raptor food habits:
Algal blooms in Lake Erie and other lakes:
Nitrogen and Phosphorus in lakes:
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