Zoe Buccella of Barnesville recently received a superior rating at State Science Day for her zoological study, "Meteorological Conditions: Do They Affect Cardinal Feeding Behavior?" The results of her study suggest cardinal feeding behavior increases when barometric pressure is low. Low barometric pressure is often an indicator of forthcoming inclement weather. The study also suggests that cardinal feeding increases during low temperatures and during snowfall, although low barometric pressure was the most prominent factor in driving the birds to feed.
At State Science Day her study won the 1st place Wildlife Awareness Award from the Ohio Chapter of the Wildlife Society, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History's Outstanding Naturalist Award, and the American Meteorological Society's Outstanding Achievement Award.
Buccella presented her study at District Science Day held at Belmont Technical College. There she received a Superior rating, the Governor's Award for Excellence in Environmental Sciences Research, and an Award in Zoology.
In March, Buccella presented her study at the West Liberty University Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. She received the Grand Prize Runner-Up Senior Division Award, First Place in Zoology Award, the Chi Beta Phi Science Award for most innovative senior project, and Certificates of Achievement from the United States Army and Air Force.
Zoe got her start presenting creatures of the natural world at the annual Barnesville Pumpkin Festival Pet Show at age 5.