At the 2016 NEOSEF, Western Cuyahoga Audubon made awards for outstanding projects relating to birds or conservation with emphasis on local watersheds.
Encouraging the next generation to pursue interests in science, birds and conservation, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society made six Special Awards at the 63rd annual Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF), held at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio on March 15, 2016.
First place Western Cuyahoga Audubon special awards went to Rahul Rambhatla from Solon High School in Solon, Ohio for a project evaluating weed pressures in no-till versus conventional-till organic fields, while Caleb Rykacewski from Mentor High School in Mentor, Ohio studied the effectiveness of control measures on the spread of avian influenza.
Rahul Rambhatla's project also won one of the top NEOSEF awards. He will travel expense-paid to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona. His project stemmed from his research experience in Wooster, Ohio.
Caleb Rykacewski was inspired to study avian influenza after working in wildlife rehabilitation at Penitentiary Glen Reservation in Willoughby, Ohio. Among the projects winning honorable mention were studies of phosphate runoff (see Wikipedia, "phosphorus cycle"), microbeads, acid rain, and finally the color preference and color perception of chickens.
Awards for Birds and Conservation of Local Watersheds
Judges for the 2016 NEOSEF:
March 27, 2016 Update: NEOSEF has posted a complete list of winners here.
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