Birding for Bucks

Ryan Exline Memorial Scholarship*

Each year the education team is joined by friends and together they raise money through a Birdathon specifically to give a $500 scholarship to an area college-bound high school senior or JCC student who intends to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in an environmental or related field.

A Birdathon involves a team of crazy birders looking for as many species as possible over a 24-hour period – in our case in early May.  Donors can pledge a set amount, or an amount per species.  In years past we have seen anywhere from 65 to 80 species of birds.

Scholarship Application Form, click –> here.
Deadline to apply:  March 15th.

Scholarship recipients in chronological order:

Taylor West - birdathon winner 2016

2016 – Taylor West attended Audubon Day Camps for many years as a camper and as a counselor. He is pursuing a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management at Paul Smiths College. He is an avid fisherman and hopes to use his degree to return to Chautauqua County and work on lake restoration.

Brandon Allen - birdathon winner 2015

2015 – Brandon Allen of Southwestern High School will be pursuing a degree in Natural Resource Management – Law Enforcement.



Connor Clendenen

2014 – Connor Clendenen of Russell, PA.

David and Allison

2013 – Allison Cramer (right)


2012 – Alex Kulakowski from Jamestown High School 


2011 – Elyse Johnson. Pictured here with the Fledgling Birdathon Team. Can you pick her out?

Sarah Gives Check to Brenton

2010 – Brenton Maille

Sarah gives Scholarship Check to Tricia!

2008 – Tricia Bergstue


Past Recipients:

  • 2016 – Taylor West, Lakewood, NY
  • 2015 – Brandon Allen, Lakewood, NY
  • 2014 – Connor Clendenen, Russell, PA
  • 2013 – Allison Cramer, Lakewood, NY
  • 2012 – Alex Kulakowski
  • 2011 – Elyse Johnson
  • 2010 – Brenton Maille
  • 2009 – Alyssa D’Alessandro of Clarendon, PA and Alexa Vazquez of Jamestown, NY
  • 2008 – Tricia Bergstue
  • 2007 – Karen Eckstrom
  • 2006 – Bill Langworthy
  • 2005 – Rex Everett
  • 2004 – Ryan Exline
  • 2003 – Eve Gaus

*About Ryan Exline

Ryan Paul Exline, 22, of 4945 Rte 957, Russell, PA, died on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Ryan was born November 26, 1986, in Canton, Ohio, the son of James and Robyn (Hemsley) Samuelson, Russell. Ryan was a graduate of the Pennsylvania Homeschooling program and was a graduate student at Duke University, studying for a Conservation Degree. While at college he worked parttime in the Duke University Lab.

Putting up the Bluebird Box We Made

Ryan is pictured here in the center back with one of his Summer Day Camp groups – with the bluebird nest box they built and decorated.

Ryan attended home school programs at Jamestown Audubon with his family when he was in high school.  He became our youngest Eaglekeeper before he was technically old enough to perform such duties.  However, because of his maturity and responsibility, the Eagle team had no problem letting him start early.  He was the 2004 recipient of our Audubon scholarship which he used to attend a herpetology camp in Vermont.  When he returned, he was instrumental in setting up some of our herp programs for teens.  In 2006, Ryan was a summer intern who led many Discovery Walks and served as a Summer Day Camp Counselor.

Ryan was an integral part of the Jamestown Audubon family for many years.  He is deeply missed.  We honor him by naming this scholarship for him.