Md Middle Schoolers to Compete in World Series of Birding

Maryland Middle Schoolers to Compete in World Series of Birding

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Moorestown, NJ — -( On May 9th, five eager middle schoolers will take to the fields, woods and waterways on a mission to spot as many bird species as possible, either by sight or sound, in a 24-hour time period. Calling themselves the Steiner Peregrines, this all-girl team from Centerville Middle School in Centerville, Maryland, has been participating in the World Series of Birding for the past three years, claiming second place in Youth Competition Division B last year. Eager to take top honors in 2009, this team has been training all year with corporate sponsorship from Steiner Binoculars.

Steiner will also sponsor an elementary school team in North America’s most celebrated conservation event. The second WSB team, the Steiner Merlins, consists of three third-grade boys and two third-grade girls from Kennard Elementary School in Centerville, Maryland. Competing in the Youth Competition Division A, this rising elementary school team is being coached and driven by veteran birder Sven Harms, vice president of Steiner Germany. The middle school team is being driven from spot to spot by one of the fathers.

Founded in 1984, The World Series of Birding is perhaps the world’s most famous birding competition, raising more than $800,000 annually for conservation. Each year, participants try to indentify the greatest number of bird species throughout the state of New Jersey. The event is organized by the New Jersey Audubon society. There are four levels of competition: team, non-competing team or individual, youth, and senior. For more information on this year’s event, go to the World Series of Birding website at

To schedule an interview with either team, please contact Karen Lutto at (830) 755-4308 or via cell phone at (804) 539-6699.

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