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ABA Young Birder Camps

REGISTRATION FOR 2018 IS NOW OPEN! 

Camp Avocet * Camp Colorado I * Camp Colorado II

ABA Young Birder Camps are open to all birders aged 13 through 18. 

The ABA is proud to announce ROCKJUMPER Worldwide Birding Adventures is the LEAD SPONSOR for all of our Young Birder Camps!

Camp Avocet   July 28 – August 3, 2018  Click here to Register
Located at: The Virden Center – Lewes, Delaware

Camp Fee: $1395.00 – includes all lodging, meals, transportation during camp events, instructional sessions and  transportation to and from                                   Philadelphia International Airport.

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

Membership in the ABA is required for attendance.

ROCKJUMPER Worldwide Birding Adventures is the LEAD SPONSOR of Camp Avocet.

Birding Cape Henlopen Point

Now in its sixth 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. Campers are housed and fed in the newly updated Virden Retreat Center dorms and dining hall with the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean only yards away, this is beach birding at its best!

Are you looking for migrating shorebirds? Thousands of birds? Well, Camp Avocet will be stacked full of migrants from their northern breeding grounds 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. There truly are birds EVERYWHERE! In this hotspot region for world-class birding, there’s always a chance for a rarity! Due to the grand diversity of southern Delaware’s bird-rich habitats, nearly 150 species of birds are often seen and studied during this seven-day camp extravaganza! Camp Avocet currently boasts 178 cumulative species in it’s first five years!

Bird Illustration techniques with winning 2006 Federal Duck Stamp Artist – Richard Clifton

 

Daily itineraries include fabulous outdoor classroom field trips led by ABA Staff along with guest instructors including a Rockjumper Worldwide Birding Adventures guide! All day birding and natural history study will be punctuated by terrific educational workshops, photography and illustration building skills and discovering current technological advances in birding, making 2018 Camp Avocet a truly exceptional experience.

Birding Hotspots at Camp Avocet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scholarships for all camps are 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

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

Camp Colorado I in the Ptundra, post Ptarmagin.  Photo by: Bill Schmoker- Birding Instructor

Camp Colorado I  June 23 – June 29, 2018   Click here to Register

Camp Colorado II July 3 – July 9, 2018   Click here to Register

Camp Fee: $1395.00 – includes all lodging, meals, transportation during camp events, instructional sessions and  transportation to and from Denver International Airport.

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

Membership in the ABA is required for attendance.

2015 Camp Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Photo by: Jennie Duberstein Camp Director

 

Camp Colorado is back with two sessions for 2018! 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.

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 journaling, photography, careers in bird conservation, and much more.

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

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

White-tailed Ptarmigan, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado    Photo by: Jennie Duberstein

Dipperville USA Photo by Jennie Duberstein

 

 

Scholarships for all camps are 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

For more info call 800.850.2473, or e-mail at:scholarships@aba.org


The ABA would like to thank ROCKJUMPER Worldwide Birding Adventures for being our LEAD SPONSOR for all three of the Young Birder Camps!