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ABA Young Birder Camps

Camp Avocet and Camp Colorado are back for 2016!  Due to demand, we have added a SECOND week to Camp Colorado!

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. ABA Camps are open to all birders aged 13 to 18. See below for more info. Check out the reports from Camp Avocet in 2013 and from Camp Colorado in 2014. Be sure to see Bill Schmoker’s captivating video on the Camp Avocet report. Leica Sport Optics is a Legacy Sponsor of ABA Young Birder Programs.

Leica Sport Optics is a Legacy Sponsor of ABA Young Birder Programs

Leica Sport Optics is a Legacy Sponsor of ABA Young Birder Programs

Camp Avocet  July 30 – August 5, 2016
Located at: The Virden Center – Lewes, Delaware
REGISTER NOW FOR CAMP AVOCET

Now in its fourth year, Camp Avocet is based at the University of Delaware’s stunning Virden Retreat Center in historic Lewes, Delaware, only minutes away from two major National Wildlife Refuges and a short ride to six, ecologically-based birding regions.

Are you looking for shorebirds? Well, Camp Avocet will be stacked full of migrants such as dowitchers, Black-necked Stilt, Semipalmated, Western and Least Sandpipers, and of course American Avocets numbering in the hundreds.  Delaware boasts an outstanding fall migration of shorebirds with easy access and fabulous viewing opportunities.

Instructor Steve Howell walks the beach with campers during Camp Avocets Big Green Hour.

Instructor Steve Howell walks the beach with campers during Camp Avocets Big Green Hour.

Of course at this hotspot there’s always a chance of rarity! Due to the grand diversity of southern Delaware’s bird-rich habitats, over 150 species of birds are often seen and studied during this seven-day camp extravaganza. Campers will be housed and fed in the modern Virden Retreat Center only moments away from the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay. The Piping Plovers, Black Skimmers, American Oystercatchers and Royal Terns accentuate the breath-taking sunset off of Cape Henlopen Point, surely providing memories that shall last a lifetime.

Fabulous field trips led by ABA Staff and guest instructors will be punctuated by terrific educational workshops, making Camp Avocet 2016 a truly exceptional experience!

The rubber ducky sounds of the Brown-headed Nuthatch fill the pine forests at Cape Henlopen.

The rubber ducky sounds of the Brown-headed Nuthatch fill the pine forests at Cape Henlopen.

Camp Fee:  $1295.00 – includes all lodging, meals, transportation during camp events, instructional sessions and shuttle to and from Philadelphia International Airport.

ABA Camps are open to all birders aged 13 to 18.

Scholarships available: The American Birding Association, through the generous support of our sponsors, provides limited scholarships to help young people who are interested in birds to attend our summer camps. To apply, please visit – Young Birder Scholarships ~ Young Birders ~ American Birding Association

To hold your spot with a $200.00 deposit use the code CAMPDEPOSIT  during checkout in the *Discount Coupon space and then apply coupon.  The final payment is to be paid on or before May 27, 2016.

For more info contact Bill Stewart at 800.850.2473or e-mail at: bstewart@aba.org.

Shorebird migration is well underway during Camp Avocet. Here a group of Lesser Yellowlegs are joined by two White-rumped Sandpipers, as they fly over a Green-winged Teal.

Shorebird migration is well underway during Camp Avocet. Here a group of Lesser Yellowlegs are joined by two White-rumped Sandpipers, as they fly over a Green-winged Teal.

 

Camp ColoradoJuly 16 – 22, 2016
SOLD OUT!

To be added to the waitlist, contact Bill Stewart at bstewart@aba.org.

Camp Colorado II  July 25 – 31, 2016*
*
note the Monday start date
SOLD OUT!

To be added to the waitlist, contact Bill Stewart at bstewart@aba.org.

Located at: YMCA of the Rockies – Estes Park, Colorado

At Camp Colorado campers learn about wildlife photography.

At Camp Colorado campers learn about wildlife photography.

Due to increased demand we are thrilled to offer two sessions of Camp Colorado in 2016! Join us as we explore Colorado from grassland to glaciers. From the shortgrass prairie of northeastern Colorado to the aspen groves and alpine tundra of Rocky Mountain National Park, Camp Colorado has it all!

We’ll be based out of the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, bordering the majestic Rocky Mountain National Park.

Campers will have plenty of opportunities to take their birding skills to the next level, meet other young people with similar interests, explore careers in birding and ornithology, and of course, learn about the bird life and natural history of Colorado. An amazing diversity of ecosystems lie within a few hours drive of Estes Park, giving campers the chance to experience Colorado’s varied life zones and birds.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Photo by camper Jack Rogers).

Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Photo by camper Jack Rogers).

Expert staff from the ABA and skilled guest instructors will lead field trips in search of species such as White-tailed Ptarmigan, Clark’s Nutcracker, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Brown-capped Rosy Finch, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Burrowing Owl, McCown’s Longspur, and Cassin’s Sparrow, to name just a few. Afternoons and evenings we’ll have hands-on workshops to learn about field sketching, photography, careers in bird conservation, and much more.

Join us for an unforgettable week of bird camp in the Rockies!

Camp Fee:  $1295.00 – includes all lodging, meals, transportation during camp events, instructional sessions and shuttle to and from Denver International Airport.

ABA Camps are open to all birders aged 13 to 18.

Scholarships Available: The American Birding Association, through the generous support of our sponsors, provides limited scholarships to help young people who are interested in birds to attend our summer camps. To apply, please visit – Young Birder Scholarships ~ Young Birders ~ American Birding Association

To hold your spot with a $200.00 deposit use the code CAMPDEPOSIT during checkout in the *Discount Coupon space and then apply coupon.  The final payment is to be paid on or before May 27, 2016.

For more info contact Jennie Duberstein at 800.850.2473, or e-mail at: jduberstein@aba.org.

2015 Camp Colorado crew in Rocky Mountain National Park.

2015 Camp Colorado crew in Rocky Mountain National Park.