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Cadiz teen excels in project ‘for the birds’

July 15, 2013
By ESTHER MCCOY - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

CADIZ - Along with learning how to identify the birds of Ohio and recognizing their calls, Clint Heavilin, 13, a member of the Green Valley 4-H Club, will be traveling to Columbus to compete with members from other 4-H clubs who have excelled in the Ohio Birds projects.

He compiled a scrapbook of the discovered birds and along with learning about the feathered creatures, he turned out to be a good photographer as well.

Heavilin has learned to identify more than 20 different state birds during the process. He said he is fascinated at how birds build their nests to withstand wind and harsh weather, a practice that comes by instinct.

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ON?TO?STATE — Clint Heavilin, 13, a member of the Green Valley 4-H Club, will be taking two projects to Ohio State Fair competition this year. He excelled in both of the completed projects: Exploring Our Forests and Ohio Birds. His scrapbook he compiled of the state birds includes pictures of them that he took.
-- Esther McCoy

He smiled when explaining that from an app on his Kindle he had called a woodpecker into the yard. Another exciting incident, he said, was when he discovered a house finch with a lighter color than the normal red feathers.

This marks the second year of taking the bird project as there were two segments.

He also will be taking his Exploring Our Forests project to the state fair judging level. He learned about many types of trees and how to judge the age of a tree by its annual rings.

This is his sixth year in the 4-H program and he is benefiting from the knowledge that he gains through the projects, he said. The Green Valley 4-H Club has been in existence since 1951 and won a purple rosette for its decorated booth at the Harrison County Fair.

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